Sustainable Cities Field School

Urban Europe Sustainability Field School, 2019 (Photo by Jaimie Cryder)

Learn from local experts on sustainability (Photo by Cam Owens)

Cycling is the transportation mode of choice when touring European cities (Photo by Cam Owens)

The Urban Europe Field School travels through Europe from the UK to Holland and Denmark (Photo by Jaimie Cryder)

Update: The Department of Geography is currently intending to offer this field school program next in Summer 2023 in the Cascadia region. Thereafter, offerings will be alternating bi-annually between Europe and Cascadia. Please stay tuned for any new information as it becomes available!

When and Where

2020 Field School: May 4th - June 7th

Places visited: Bergen, Oslo (Norway); Stockholm (Sweden); Copenhagen (Denmark); Hamburg (Germany); Amsterdam (Netherlands)

How to Apply

Apply in: Fall term

Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for future offerings!

Contact  if you have any questions.

Program Overview

For a full program description (including a tentative itinerary), see the Information Sheet.

The Sustainable Cities Field School is run in various locations, depending on the year: Cascadia, Urban Europe, or Northern Europe.

The 2020 field school will take place in Northern Europe. The travel-study program focuses on innovation in urban sustainability and, more generally, cultural geography following an exciting itinerary through Northern Europe.

In 2019, the 8th annual Sustainable Cities Field School took place in Urban Europe. Students travelled through Europe from the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution – Manchester, UK - to cities trying to reimagine a new sustainable industrial revolution – Edinburgh, Newcastle, Amsterdam, Hamburg, and Copenhagen. En route students met with activists, urban planners, scholars, and other engaged individuals, learning about Europe’s cultural geography and particularly the challenges and opportunities for building economically, socially, and ecologically sustainable and resilient cities. Travel took place by train, bus, ferry, bike, and local transit to various sites of interest. Most days involved structured activities (e.g. guided field trips, hands-on workshops, discussions) with time available for individual exploration and group reflection.

Check out the 2019 Urban Europe student video blog to see the types of places and spaces we explore, and what students learned along the way!


  • Students should have completed their first year of study and be able to register in 300-level Geography courses, or be granted special permission from the field school instructor.
  • Must be a UVic student. Non-Geography students are invited to apply.
  • Priority will be given to students with interest in the subject matter - sustainable community development.

If you have any further questions, please email Cam Owens at .


This field program consists of two courses - applications for individual courses will not be accepted.

Each course is worth 1.5 credits, for a total of 3.0 credits. Successful applicants will be registered in these courses through special registration by the Department of Geography (students will not register themselves).

1. Geog 388 - Regional Studies: Europe or Regional Studies: Pacific Northwest

2. Geog 391 - Sustainable Cities

Field School Fees

For field schools, students pay regular UVic tuition plus field school fees.

Field school fees can be paid by cheque, money order, counter cheque, or cash ONLY. Cheques should be made payable to the University of Victoria.  Payment can be dropped off at the Geography main office (David Turpin Building, room B203) or mailed (cheques only).

Field school fees*:

  • $500 deposit paid at time of application
  • $3250 paid by March 1st, 2020

*All field school fees are subject to change between offerings.

 Field school fees include:                           

  • Accommodation from May 12 - June 7, 2020 (NOTE: Itinerary subject to change)
  • Most breakfasts
  • Activity costs (entry admissions, guide and workshop fees, presenters’ fees, some meals)
  • Ground transportation
  • Local transit
  • Emergency contingency fund

Field school fees do not include:

  • Tuition
  • Airfare
  • Most meals
  • Travel insurance (check with your insurance provider to see if you are covered)
  • Other expenses such as entertainment or any personal gear (e.g. hiking shoes) required for the course

Financial Support

The Faculty of Social Sciences is currently revamping their field school funding structure. More information coming soon!

You may find other funding opportunities through UVic International.