There are many opportunities for Chinese students interested in studying urban planning and related disciplines abroad.
Three ways to find out more about opportunities for foreign study are to:
- communicate with people who have studied urban planning abroad,
- research information on urban planning schools on the web,
- meet with representatives of foreign planning schools.
Communicating with people who have studied abroad
Use IACP’s member list
Faculty at your university or nearby universities who have studied abroad are a good source of information about foreign study—particularly at the institutions they attended. So are other students or planning practitioners. Members of the IACP are another resource for identifying Chinese planning academics, practitioners, and scholars who have studied abroad or are currently studying abroad. Check the IACP membership link for people to contact.
Participating in forums about urban planning programs:
- The IACP forum—reached from a link on the IACP homepage contains a discussion thread on urban planning abroad. Check the discussion for postings by Chinese students studying abroad or post your questions.
- The PLANETIZEN website has grad school advice http://www.planetizen.com/node/28079
and U.S. planning graduate school rankings http://www.planetizen.com/topschools.
- The American Planning Association (APA) and Royal Town Planning Institute websites contain good information about the practice of urban planning in the United States and the UK.
Cyburbia lists top urban planning schools worldwide http://www.cyburbia.org/forums/showthread.php?t=2575
Researching information on urban planning schools on the web
The Global Planning Educators Association Network (GPEAN) serves as an umbrella organization for associations of urban planning schools worldwide. The GPEAN Network website contains links to regional associations of planning schools in Asia (Planning Schools Association—ASPA), North America
(The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning – ACSP), Europe (The Association of European Schools of Planning – AESOP), Austria and New Zealand (The Australian and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools – ANZAPS) and planning schools in other parts of the world.
The regional associations of planning schools sites in turn have links to member universities’ planning programs. Thus, if you are interested in studying urban planning in Germany a visit to the ASEOP website would provide links to 15 German Universities with urban planning programs. These in turn lead to information on the programs, who to contact, and admission requirements.
Meeting with representatives of foreign planning schools
The China Planning Network sponsors a roundtable meeting to bring together representatives of urban planning programs in China and Chinese students interested in studying abroad. In summer, 2008 representatives of 19 urban planning programs including ones at the University of Hong Kong, University of Southern California, Deft University of Technology, University of Dortmund, Kyoto University met with prospective students at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Some center and foundations with an interest in funding China-planning-related research include The Lincoln Land Institute and Others.
Global Planning Educators Association Network (GPEAN)
Asian Planning Schools Association-APSA
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning – ACSP
The Association of European Schools of Planning – AESOP
The Australian and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools – ANZAPS