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    Request for International Master Program Recommendations

    Hey guys, I recently graduated from York University (Toronto) with a degree in Urban Studies. I have been realizing I probably need to masters in planning to do what I want to do. Anyways, I have begun looking at international master programs outside of Canada in addition/back ups to CDN programs. I intend to practice in Canada.

    -It needs to be an English program so I have begun to look at look at the UK, Australia and Netherlands more seriously. This not to say I would be opposed to the US or country suggestions.

    -Preferences: Technical school (missing that aspect since Urban Studies was a lot of research and theory). I have many planning related interests but have not narrowed down to one so maybe a program that feeds multiple interests would be good if it exists. Undergrad interests included placemaking, cultural planning, communities, suburbs, use of space, landuse, public transit, and sustainabilty. So if anyone knows of any programs that has good feel for one or more of these topics point it out please.

    -In general any school recommendations or lists ranking non-North American planning programs would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Europe

    A good starting point if you consider Europe would be the homepage of AESOP, a network of European planning programs: http://www.aesop-planning.eu/ .

    Many of the non English speaking countries crave for international students and have very good stipend programs, especially for Americans. Since I am German naturally my knowledge is best about the universities there: Pleas see http://www.daad.de/deutschland/foerd...=0&whitelabel= . Chances to get one of those are very high, and that is on top of no tuition and less cost of living in general (most places). Also do some German universities have programs in English language.

    Something very attractive are the Erasmus Mundus programs. You attend courses in several countries and get a degree of each participating university. Some I know are http://www.em-stede.eu/home-stede.html and http://www.imrd.ugent.be/index.asp?p=86&a=86 . Also very good opportunities for a stipend btw.

    Feel free to ask, if that sort of thing is of interest to you.

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    Quote Originally posted by Geograph View post
    A good starting point if you consider Europe would be the homepage of AESOP, a network of European planning programs: http://www.aesop-planning.eu/ .

    Many of the non English speaking countries crave for international students and have very good stipend programs, especially for Americans. Since I am German naturally my knowledge is best about the universities there: Pleas see http://www.daad.de/deutschland/foerd...=0&whitelabel= . Chances to get one of those are very high, and that is on top of no tuition and less cost of living in general (most places). Also do some German universities have programs in English language.

    Something very attractive are the Erasmus Mundus programs. You attend courses in several countries and get a degree of each participating university. Some I know are http://www.em-stede.eu/home-stede.html and http://www.imrd.ugent.be/index.asp?p=86&a=86 . Also very good opportunities for a stipend btw.

    Feel free to ask, if that sort of thing is of interest to you.
    Those sites were great. I'm going to look more into the first Erasmus Mundas program there.

    In your opinion what are the top German planning schools?

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    Question: If you want to work in Canada and have a degree from a Canada school, why do you want to earn a master's outside of ?

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    Quote Originally posted by Richmond Jake View post
    Question: If you want to work in Canada and have a degree from a Canada school, why do you want to earn a master's outside of ?
    Like I mentioned before I am looking for international backups if I don't get into any of my targeted Canadian schools. Any suggestions though?

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    Australian Master Programs

    Can anyone recommend any Master programs in Australia. I have not found many reviews out there.

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    Have you considered New Zealand? There are four universities with master of planning programmes, accredited by the New Zealand Planning Institute (our CIP equivalent). I hear CIP is close to signing up a reciprocal agreement to recognise NZPI accredited programmes

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    Quote Originally posted by toomanyclowns View post
    Have you considered New Zealand? There are four universities with master of planning programmes, accredited by the New Zealand Planning Institute (our CIP equivalent). I hear CIP is close to signing up a reciprocal agreement to recognise NZPI accredited programmes
    That is very good to know!

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    Quote Originally posted by quackerj View post
    Can anyone recommend any Master programs in Australia. I have not found many reviews out there.
    For Australia, you may wish to check out the Planning Institute of Australia's website for a list of accredited universities: http://www.planning.org.au/

    Some schools are more geared towards vocational training within an Australian context, while others try to keep it slightly more theoretical, with some vocational bits. The University of Melbourne, University of Sydney and University of New South Wales are probably more well-known but it does not mean that the other schools are worse off.

    Generally, from what I do know, the Aussies do stick wit the planning school from the same state that they live in, as different states have different regulations and each school teaches the legislation and urban history associated with that state. So if you want to work say in Melbourne, you're better off going with a university based in Victoria.

    Hope this helps.

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