• Spain
    • Bilbao
Subject Areas
Human Rights Political Science Sustainable Development
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships
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Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Degree Level
Host Family


Starting Price
Price Details
View cost and scholarship info: https://studyabroad.sit.edu/program/summer-2024-spain-sustainable-urban-development-social-justice/?subpage=cost_scholarships
What's Included
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Oct 10, 2023
Nov 08, 2023
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About Program

This program looks at multilevel governance in praxis: how a city actively participates in planning for its development. Explore how Bilbao is integrating territory, environment and sustainability, transportation, well-being, identity and other characteristics to balance the needs of institutions, corporations, NGOs, and, of course, its people. Learn how civil society becomes part of the discussion about how cities function and how housing is—or is not—a right in a post-pandemic economic crisis. You will have the opportunity to compare and contrast Bilbao’s experiences with other cities, including Vitoria, Girona, and Barcelona.

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Program Highlights

  • Learn how EU cities in the 21st century organize, relate and co-govern.
  • Understand the “right to the city” and implications such as the fights against evictions and gentrification.
  • Learn how model cities in Spain are implementing ways to confront gentrification, housing, the environment, migration, transportation, and other issues.
  • Learn how civil society organizations and social movements engage in multilevel governance.
  • Take several short excursions around Bilbao to gain a firsthand look at how the city is pursuing sustainable urban development.


SIT Robert Kantor Memorial Scholarship

Each year one student will be granted $10,000 in scholarship aid to study abroad with a SIT program. Funded by individual donors and foundations, the requirements are tight: seeking first-generation college students who've never traveled abroad before, currently attend an HBCU, and demonstrate strong financial need.

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An Immeasurable Experience

I had an unforgettable and immeasurable experience in Spain with SIT. Although an intensive program it was full of valuable information taught by experienced professors and professionals alike. SIT provided ample resources and student aid throughout the program's entirety. I learned about the stark differences between sustainable development and overall urban planning in the EU, specifically Spain, and the United States. This information was heavily reliant on experiential learning. Overall this program showed me where I want to go in my career and I am currently awaiting an admissions decision for a master's program in Belgium.

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