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    Cyburbian
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    International development planning

    I've applied to grad schools for fall 2008, but I've recently taken interest in international development and planning in foreign countries, especially Latin America. Does anyone know which schools have a really good focus on international development, particularly around the midwest? Also, do international planners have comparable salaries to those of the US? I really want to travel around the world and I'm guessing that's what international planners do? Any advice/suggestions?

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    Since you are from Ohio, I am sure you are aware of Ohio State and Dr. Von Rabeneau. But you should also try out Ball State with Nehal Perrera. Very good at Asian and European studies, not so sure about South America.

    Good luck on your search.
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    Check out the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Planetizan ranks them in the top ten for International Development, and it's supposed to be one of the best planning schools in the midwest. Good luck!

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    The University of New Mexico (not in the Midwest, I realize) offers a dual Masters degree in Planning and Latin American Studies. Its quite strong. I got my MCRP at UNM, but not with the LAS dual degree. I have many friends and cohorts who did, though, and some have gone on to work internationally (some were already from a Latin American country and had come to UNM specifically to study planning).

    Also, Cyburbian Planner Monamogolo (I might have the spelling wrong) works in International Development/Planning and is based in northern Europe (I forget where exactly). His work seems to take place throughout the world and he has a lot of very insightful things to say about it all. Try tracking down his profile and PMing for more info (or maybe he will post here).

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    Yeah, I'm still here.
    I'm not a specialist on good American schools teaching international development with an emphasis on Latin America. So I will let the rest of you give advice on that one.

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    I am applying to the University of Melbourne for just this reason- an interest in Planning and Development on an international scale. Uni of Melbourne has a good reputation for a program that provides a strong foundation in global planning practices from what I have uncovered and learned from PIA (Planning Institute of Australia). Additionally, I feel as though the connections that are offered here in Australia (I am currently here finishing up my undergrad at Bond Uni, in International Relations) will be more helpful in leveraging access to planning and/or design in Asian cities.

    Not only is Au closer geographically with strong diplomatic and business ties with Asia (many of the larger private firms I'm looking at here also have offices in cities like Shanghai and Dubai), but also I realized that if I wanted to practice planning and designing cities in different parts of the world, I was not going to get the best education and early connections stuck in the USA for six years studying when I could be moving around gaining experience and traveling in between semesters. So after about 3 years of study in USA I came to Au to finish my degree and work my way into a good grad school here. It has been a fantastic experience. Additionally there is a planning shortage in Au so getting work here afterwards will be easy breezy.

    This may not help you with your interest in Latin America but should your interest ever turn to China or other parts of Asia Pacific, I highly recommend something similar to the path I am on. You can heighten your worldview at the same time. Good luck.

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    UT Austin

    University of Texas at Austin also offers a dual degree in Community Planning and Latin American Studies. I'm not sure about the renoun of their planning program, but their LAS department is considered among the best in the country. I visited when I was still considering going to graduate school (wound up doing the job thing instead). The campus seemed really cool and the director of the Planning department was very encouraging. I tried to set up a meeting with the LAS department and they never gave me the time of day *shrugs*.

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    UIUC hands down.

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    UCLA has a dual MUP/Latin Studies degree. I would definitely recommend looking it up.

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