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  • Locations: Ahmedabad, India; Barcelona, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cape Town, South Africa; Dakar, Senegal; New York, United States; Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Duke applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-Duke Students: No Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Abby Hall Grubbs
Minimum Class Level: Sophomore Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Course Load: 16 credits/semester Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: None
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Cultural Anthropology, Economics, Global Cultural Studies, International Comparative Studies, Political Science, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Sociology Duke Administered Program?: No
Program Description:

Duke’s Global Education Office is currently reviewing this program, and will not be accepting applications or petitions to this program or any SIT IHP program for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students are encouraged to consider other options and/or meet with a GEO advisor to explore other opportunities during this time.

Please note that the Duke Study  Abroad Fee will be charged to students enrolled in this program. For more information about the fee, please see

Advising is required for this program. Students considering study abroad with this program should make an appointment with Abigail Grubbs in the GEO office as soon as possible: 

Explore how geography, politics, and culture affect whether people can thrive in cities.

The Cities in the 21st Century program examines the intentional and natural forces that guide the development of the world's cities. It combines an innovative urban studies academic curriculum with fieldwork involving public agencies, planners, elected officials, NGOs, and grassroots groups in important world cities where exciting changes are taking place.

Students learn how to "read a city"—an iterative process that hones the ability to observe, question, document, research, and communicate—leading to a better understanding of the interconnected social, physical, economic, environmental, and political systems that affect urban environments.

Students examine how the structure of a city enhances or impedes growth. They learn who exercises power in cities and where power comes from. And they examine the role of state and local government in formulating development policies in a changing world economy and the challenges public policymakers face in light of increasing inequity.

IHP's comparative approach enables students to analyze and contrast major issues across cities and to track how concerns manifest themselves in the planning process, and ultimately, in a course of action.

This program is currently not accepting applications.