Urban Management – enrolment is closed – Collegium Da Vinci Poznań
Izabella Jarmolinska
Urban Management student
First cycle studies | Full-time

Urban Management – enrolment is closed


  • urban projects manager
  • specialist in strategic management
  • planner / programmer of urban projects
  • international expert of urban policy
  • consultant of digital transformation in cities
  • urbanist
  • a specialist in spatial planning and revitalization
Studying Urban Management, you contribute to your future. This course responds to the dynamically growing needs in new competences for the development of modern, sustainable European cities and metropolises and the surrounding regions, in connection with the technological challenges of the economy 4.0. It is an offer for people open to professional development and international cooperation in the areas of professional city management, urban and strategic planning.


Urban Management is the only one in Poland – innovative and multidisciplinary – course in English (required level B1 – intermediate), which was created in close cooperation with Breda University of Applied Sciences, one of the best international universities in the Netherlands.

These course prepares professional managers of the future who are fluent in modern technologies and are able to effectively manage multidimensional projects in the field of urban planning, taking into account the interests of many parties and taking care of the natural environment.

Modern technologies, growth of entrepreneurship, global market, urbanization, raw materials and natural resources, health protection are megatrends that will determine the future of the world in its social, economic and cultural dimensions. The international component of education in the area of ​​urban development and management becomes, therefore, not only a necessity but also a condition for being a conscious and active participant in this process.

Currently, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. It is estimated that in 2050 it will be as much as 75% of the world’s population. According to the UN report, in 2016 23% of people lived in cities with more than 1 million inhabitants. It is a huge challenge for city management in the areas of improvement, quality of life, environment, construction, transport, health care, education, etc. Urban Management prepares for life and work in a globalized world. It helps develop the skills needed to succeed in the labor market, whose traditional model of functioning is clearly transformed. Ability to cooperate, creative problem solving, curiosity of the world, observation skills and analytical thinking – alongside specialist knowledge, desirable features in the area of ​​urban management. Urban Management creates for the students an inspiring, international environment for their development and practicing.

English is an asset and a requirement of our times, it broadens access to knowledge resources and is essential in building international contacts.

Classes are largely carried out by Dutch lecturers and practitioners. It helps you learn in accordance with the highest international standards and at the same time improve your English language skills, which in the future will certainly enable you to pursue a career in the global labor market.

The course emphasizes the role of young people in the development of cities.

Urban Management helps to understand the process of city functioning, gain knowledge and develop practical skills useful in working both in the public and private sectors. It teaches to think openly about the city, realize what the city is and can be for its inhabitants. It shows how to understand the city from the perspective of various social groups.

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    About the studies

    • The studies are conducted in English

      The studies are conducted in English due to the fact that development and work opportunities await students in every city in Europe. It is enough to know the language at level B1 and if it is necessary, we provide an intensive training course.

    • Academic knowledge and practice

      The course combines international academic and practical experience, pragmatism and an understanding of the processes that define the future development of cities and the way we will feel and function in them

    • Experienced specialists

      Classes are conducted by experienced Polish and Dutch specialists dealing with sustainable urban development, urban space planning, who are perfectly familiar with the specificity of urbanization processes taking place in Europe. They represent a partnership approach to students, stimulate their creativity and support them in solving problems.

    • Foreign internships

      This course gives the opportunity to undertake foreign professional internships, study trips, exchange with students from the Netherlands and establish contacts with specialized European institutions and the international urban environment

    • Various forms of classes

      Various forms of classes - from workshops and group projects to working in open studios and ateliers.

    • Apprenticeship

      You can have two of three-month apprenticeship under the supervision of an international specialists` team in various European institutions.

    • Diploma thesis in the form of a project

      A diploma thesis is an individual student's work in the form of a project or research carried out independently for the benefit of an employer, a specific client or university.

    • Free software

      Being CDV student you will receive the free Microsoft Office ProPlus 365 software package.

    STUDIO classes

    For Urban Management students, we offer an active learning model based on projects and specific issues in practice (model of applied science). The program, the selection of topics and the method of conducting classes are aimed, among others to support students in the development of communication skills, cooperation, observation, analytical thinking, searching for creative solutions (thinking out of the box).

    What is a studio and how does it work?

    • The studio is something completely different than a traditional lecture, it combines the features of lectures, exercises, laboratories, workshops, presentations, manual, graphic, computer classes, and field work.
    • Classes and works are conducted on the basis of specific projects, the implementation of which is a task entrusted to students (students get assignments).
    • Classes within the studio are held in blocks of several hours. There is no formal division into exercises and lectures. Classes are spread (throughout the semester), which allows students to work on all phases of the project, reach various sources of information, source materials, conduct consultations, prepare a report / final project and present it.



    Tutoring at CDV

    Following the example of the renowned universities of Cambridge and Oxford, at Collegium Da Vinci we have implemented the method of individualized work with students – tutoring.

    Tutoring at CDV is a series of meetings with certified tutors that will allow our students to develop more consciously during their studies. For 2 semesters, students will strengthen their strong points and eliminate limitations individually or in groups.

    We believe that an individual approach to students, focusing on their strengths, will allow each of them to achieve their personal educational and professional goals.

    Registration fee – 0 EUR till 31.08.2021


    Study path example

    The offered study path responds to the growing need in young, well-educated people operating in the field of professional urban management, related to the skills of urban planning and strategic thinking. It is a challenge for those who are interested in international cooperation and the development of modern, sustainable European cities and metropolises. It creates an excellent offer for those who want to shape their professional future already during their studies.

    The course opens up opportunities for students to build future international contacts and shapes responsibility for using them for their own development.

    Studying Urban Management you will learn:

    • effective combination of technical and organizational skills, knowledge of economic issues and numerous soft skills, such as negotiations, conflict resolution, and engagement building in the undertaking
    • efficient work in a changing environment, taking advantage of opportunities, building visions and supporting innovation,
    • modern technological solutions allowing project and team management, creating visualizations and projects,
    • technical and engineering rules that enable planning and development of programs, plans,
      strategies, concepts and projects,
    • constructing public budget, financial and investment planning, their mutual relations and the impact on management efficiency,
    • multi-aspect analysis and comprehensive design on a local scale, in a social, functional and architectural context,
    • designing revitalization activities in degraded urban areas (currently the most important challenge for the authorities of all cities and rural areas),
    • communicate effectively with representatives of the public and private sectors, including drawing offers, solutions and decision making,
    • using 2D and 3D graphic programs necessary in the process of designing and modeling spatial structures.

    Where can you work?

    • in Polish and international public, local government and government institutions, as a manager of urban and regional projects, development of rural and urban areas, planner / programmer of urban projects, international expert of urban policy
    • in non-governmental organizations, planning offices, expert teams, as a specialist of strategic management  , digital transformation in cities, planner / programmer of urban projects
    • as an independent, international consultant of projects of the urban environment, sustainable development, urban ecosystem, competitiveness, etc.


    The Da Vinci learning model allows you to completely personalize your educational path. You decide by yourself or with the support of a tutor what interests you and what you want to learn.

    In the rapidly changing labor market, the most important, next to the specific skills, are the so-called competences of the future, such as creativity, team cooperation, entrepreneurship, or solving complex problems, which you will acquire at Collegium Da Vinci.

    The university Career Office will help you find paid internships with the help of our partners and find a job after graduation.

    You can receive funding for your studies in the form of a social scholarship or the Rector’s scholarship.

    The Erasmus program will enable you to study at partner universities in Europe.

    Why is it worth choosing Urban Management today?

    Last year, many decisions and strategic documents were taken in the EU, setting the directions for international cooperation and activities for the development of cities over the next 30 years.

    They introduce tasks (and budget) on an unprecedented scale and complexity of issues related to the functioning of cities and rural areas. In all key segments for their development – economy, environment, technology, mobility, health, etc.

    Offered modules for the selected path

    Do you want to prepare activities in the city, develop them economically, socially or culturally? Do you want to work in Polish and international institutions, companies and organizations?

    Check what modules you may choose, they are aimed at the best possible preparation for work in shaping the urban space.

    • Advanced urban analysis and methodology
      ECTS 5
      • The module supports students in acquiring skills in the following subject areas:

        • urban analysis and design to ensure an inclusive, safe, healthy and accessible urban environment
        • the built environment, infrastructure, transport systems and their impact on the quality of life in the city,
        • balanced spatial framework (urban structure), multi-layered urban analysis, urban composition, city morphology and organization,
        • principles of spatial planning and strategic urban design,
        • analysis and evaluation of city data for design (e.g. impact of transport and traffic, housing requirements, social needs, economic impact),
        • design challenges in a historical setting or heritage areas,
        • quantitative and qualitative techniques for analyzing urban development.
    • Writing and reporting in urban projects, InDesign
      50 h
      ECTS 5
      • As part of the module, students will gain knowledge and competences in the following subject areas:

        • Preparation of simplified 3D models illustrating urban planning, design solutions, etc.
        • Visualization of urban interiors with simple modeling programs.
        • Independent preparation of diagrams and diagrams illustrating such issues as, for example: functional systems, building density, communication analysis, analysis of recreational areas.
        • On the basis of computer simulations or 3D models, verification whether the design solutions are on the appropriate scale and fit into the existing context.
        • Exporting files to the appropriate formats that allow you to print graphics or include them in a multimedia presentation.
        • Using Adobe InDesign at an intermediate level.
        • Preparation of various types of publications, both digital and for print.
        • Knowledge of basic concepts and issues in the field
          preparing files for printing (DTP).
        • Basic knowledge of the theory of colors and color spaces (CMYK, RGB).
        • Importing external files.
        • Knowledge of basic issues related to typography, composition and text composition.
    • Urban exploration
      ECTS 5
      • An inspiring module introducing students to the DNA of cities. Students get to know the meaning of truly discovering and perceiving the city.

        The module shapes the student’s understanding of various urban processes, discovering the dynamics of the city, senses, traces of history. It’s a travel module. Students will be involved in planning trips and later selection of cities and showing the areas of their transformation. Students will map the processes of gentrification visible in the urban landscape, evaluate revitalization solutions and learn about other forms of intervention in urban space. The module is an example of non-formal education. It invites students to get to know the city by understanding its functioning in real life, entering into direct interaction with its space and people.

    • From farm to fork - the future of urban nutrition
      50 h
      ECTS 5
      • According to the latest data, the number of days people in Europe can live if food distribution is interrupted is around 45, while China has built up annual grain stocks for its population, and Russia and the United States maintain strategic resources to allow for a 6-month food supply.

        As part of the module, students will learn about the greatest contemporary challenges in the area of ​​development of sustainable food systems, ensuring the survival of urban areas. Feeding a rapidly growing world population remains a huge undertaking with current production patterns. Food production continues to pollute air, water and soil, contribute to biodiversity loss and climate change, and consume an excessive amount of natural resources while much food is wasted. The module includes knowledge about integrating, resistant, safe and diverse solutions that minimize waste, protect biodiversity and ensure food security in cities. Cities will strengthen their purchasing power to move to shorter supply chains, which in turn will support the consumption of local and seasonal products. This will affect many sectors of the economy, shaping new models of functioning and development at the interface between the city and the countryside. Students learn about the requirements of management, working on strategic decisions, cooperation models and co-creating political solutions.

        Students learn the basics of management in this field, work on strategic decisions, models of cooperation and co-creation of political solutions.

    • Entrepreneurship in design profession
      50 h
      ECTS 5
      • The field of city development, designing, searching for solutions and communicating them to very diverse groups of stakeholders requires a special approach of professional work.

        The module aims to shape students’ attitudes to be proactive, entrepreneurial, creating financial, cultural or social value for others, while working as designers, town planners, architects, etc. For young graduates, starting their own business or entering the labor market in a very specific profession means often operating in conditions of high uncertainty, navigating unclear regulations and financial instability. The module aims to help develop the entrepreneurial spirit and competence of students in the field of design, depending on the future plans of students to work in a corporation, public sector or in their own business.

        The module supports the understanding of socio-economic or political processes that may affect their business environment or its conditions. Topics focus on real challenges and problems. Students will develop a personal business plan for their further development.

    • The consumer city
      50 h
      ECTS 5
      • As businesses become more mobile, cities’ success increasingly depends on their role as centers of consumption. Is it true? Economists define cities as a spatial concentration of economic entities.
        What about city amenities? What makes city life sexy? How will the world of information technology and fast transport affect the city model? What will be the main motive for employment in cities? What service industry should cities offer? What is the city’s productivity and how does it affect its viability? Does the beauty of architecture play a role in the development of the city? What is the role of urban compaction? Can we split going to the theater, cinema, museums with video machines?

        The module resembles a question box, encouraging students to work creatively on projects and search for inspiring ideas to find an answer.

    • Cities in transition - urban trends for living
      50 h
      ECTS 5
      • An inspiring and creative module introducing students the urban trends and city life. From the perspective of the past and future of cities, students will learn about changes in the perception of the functioning of cities and expectations towards living in the city. From global trends, the impact of technology transforming the urban environment through socio-economic, cultural, generational and ethnic diversity, to urban transformations that facilitate the use of basic urban services and amenities. Students learn the importance and practical aspects of various types of economies gradually introduced into the functioning of the city (including resilient economy, inclusive economy, sharing economy, touchless economy, the safeguarding health economy, green economy). They will work on projects referring to various development models of urban districts – offering diverse local services, public space, type of architecture, land development, solutions using technology, creating friendly density, conducive to walking and cycling. Qualified in the development model as less costly, sustainable and socially inclusive.

    • Megatrends in urban development
      50 h
      ECTS 5
      • Megatrends are driving forces that stimulate change and development. Urbanization is inevitable and is one of the most important megatrends of this century. It is an essential part of growth and a key factor in socio-economic transformation. Cities are at the center of urbanization and their role is to stimulate the trajectory of economic growth. However, there are more megatrends that are changing the economy, people’s behavior and the way cities function.

        We live in the world where the world’s largest taxi company has no cars, the largest accommodation provider does not own real estate, the most valuable photography company sells no cameras, the most popular media provider does not create content, the most profitable seller has no inventory, the fastest growing TV network no cables.

        The module will be a solid foundation for students to learn about the diversity of megatrends and understand the interactions and impacts on a range of processes and decisions in a rapidly changing urban environment. Among them, the impact of dynamic changes in the population (increase in life expectancy, aging of the population), health challenges, including coping with pandemic phenomena, changing (bursting) mass market, cultural convergence, increasing extremes, decreasing protection of privacy, fragility of the global system food, etc. Students will learn about the importance of megacities, the differences in relation to the so-called global cities and the challenges of their planning and management. The module’s formula will stimulate an inspiring and open discussion among students.

    • Art, Architecture and Urbanism - Cities' identity
      50 h
      ECTS 5
      • This is a key module for students associating their professional future with the development of cities, dealing with different ideologies and approaches to the meaning of the city concept, as well as shaping the perception of belonging to the city and its community. Each city has its own unique identity that manifests itself through its physical and visual form. But also the bonds that successive generations were able to create and maintain.

        The way of implementing the module is an invitation to unconventional classes in the history of the city and society, conducted from an interdisciplinary perspective. Invitation to inspiring discussions, e.g. what does the global identity of cities mean, exchange of views and getting to know each other. Students will formulate their own definition of identity by referring to the places they come from, pointing to what makes these places unique because of their history, specific features and the culture that sets them apart and has the potential to unite people and places.


    Full-time studies

    The 3 + 2 model allows you to study daily and get work experience.

    • 3,5 years


    • 7 semesters

      Number of semesters

    • 2770

      Numer of hours

    • 226


    Teaching staff

    “Most important for me is to share my experience with my students. As Dutch urbanist and spatial planner I practiced the first years of my career at the Dutch ministry of economic development, in the field of regional economic development. Working at the National level is interesting, but a bit abstract. Later I started to work at RDH/Rothuizen Architecten Stedenbouwkundigen. Here my work became more practical. I was (and still am) involved in a substantial amount of projects related to (regional) urban development, city master planning, urban design and urban consultancy. I am practicing these projects in the Netherlands as well in Poland and Lithuania. In fact I am fulfilling every day a part of my dream. Working for and with society is the most inspirering for me. Monitoring progress of change, bringing understanding between people and creating concrete solutions helping people to improve their life conditions is very satisfying. I am looking forward to share this experience with young people who are choosing to step into the fascinating world of urban management!”
    Dutch urban planner. Urban management lecturer.

    Elro van den Burg


    Elro van den Burg


    expandAbout me

    expandManaging director of the Dutch – Polish Chamber of Commerce and former journalist, radio, television and press correspondent in Poland and the Netherlands.

    expandDuring my 25-year career in media industry, I prepared reports for radio in the Netherlands, South Africa, Bosnia and Kosovo. I interviewed leading pop artists, including Madonna, Robbie Williams and Mariah Carey in the United States and Great Britain. As a correspondent in Poland, I wrote over 3000 articles on political and economic topics.

    The Curious


    The application form must be filled out in English.


    *Please make sure that your personal data is correct

    1)  Documents from the application platform must be printed out and signed on each page: personal questionnaire, application, agreement (2 copies) and regulations for fees (2 copies), student oath.

    *applicants under 18 should also remember:

    • agreement and regulations for fees shoul be signed not only by the applicants,but also by the parents/parent or legal guardian,
    • parents/ parents or legal guardian should fill out the statement

    * signature should includes: name, surname and your personal handwritten signature.

    2 ) High school certificate or relevant document obtained abroad, legalized or with an apostille  attached (if the country that issued your certificate is on the list), which authorizes you to apply for enrolment at a higher learning institution. This must be in line with Polish regulations on the recognition of foreign school certificates.

    *Non-legalized documents will not be accepted in Poland for the process of recognition of your certificate acquired with foreign education documents not later than the end of the first study semester. The recognition of the high school certificate takes place in Kuratorium Oswiaty in Poznan.

    3) Eligibility letter – confirmation of Ministry of Education stating that this certificate (serial number) issued by (name of school or other institution that gave you this certificate) on the date gives you permission to continue studies at the university level.

    4) Confirmation of registration fee

    •  0 Euro early registration untill 31.08.2021
    • 20 Euro-after 31.08.2021

    CDV account details for registration fee payment:

    BZ WBK S.A

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    EUR – PL 79 1090 1476 0000 0001 3626 7962


    *Please remember that if you have not received your high school certificate as well as eligibility letter yet, your application may get the status of place reservation only on the basis of the signed application documents.

    *Please, keep in mind that all documents submitted in a language other than Polish, Russian, Ukrainian or English must be translated into Polish by a sworn-in translator.

    Your documents should be sent on email admissions@cdv.pl or to the address below:

    Collegium Da Vinci

    International Student Office
    10 Gen.T.Kutrzeby Street
    61-719 Poznan



    Your English Language level- B1 Intermediate can be proved:

    Option 1: international English language certificate

    Option 2: English proficiency examination, consisting of two parts: written test and oral communication.

    It will be held by means of distance communication (Google Form, Zoom). Detailed information on the organization will be sent by e-mail after registering for the examination.

    • Dates:


    The date for the interview is to be confirmed by International Student Coordinator.


    Our lecturers are always here to discuss your choice and development.

    Please let us know if you need a feee consultation with lecturers that may help you to be sure about your choice of studies.

    Short essay in English (1200-1500 words), answering questions:

    • How do you perceive the city or village in which you grew up? Describe what you like the most there and what you would like to change in the future.
    • Do you think that cities will play an increasingly important role in development? Which cities in your country already play or can play such a role?
    • What is your personal motivation to study in Urban Management in an international group of students?

    After all the required documents are positively verified, the status of your application is “accepted”

    * visa procedures may require full annual tuition payment upon applying

    Consult us to know the specific details: admissions@cdv.pl

    * Please remember to obtain your insurance policy that will cover medical treatment costs incurred in the event of illness or accident while studying in Poland or an European Health Insurance Card. This document is important for your safe stay in Poland.

    * CDV offers student dormitory Polonez Student Depot that is only 5 mins walk from the university.

    Polonez Student Depot

    You can complete online registration and deposit payment to book the place in the dormitory  Book online

    *What do I have to do once I come to Poland?
    Important! Once you come to Poland start the process of recognition of your certificate acquired with foreign education documents. Bring the decision of recognition to your coordinator not later than the end of the first study semester. The recognition of the high school certificate takes place in Kuratorium Oswiaty in Poznan.


    Kuratorium Oświaty w Poznaniu
    ul. Kościuszki 93, 61-716 Poznań
    tel. (61) 854 17 26, fax (61) 852 31 69
    e-mail: kancelaria@ko.poznan.pl

    For the purpose of recognition, the student has to bring documents translated into Polish by a certified/sworn translator.

    In the academic year 2021/2022, we are planning classes in the hybrid formula

    • The hybrid form is a combination of online classes and offline classes.
    • In the event of changes related to the pandemic situation and the introduction of restrictions, we reserve the right to change the form of classes.


    Tuition fee. Full-time studies. Academic year 2021/2022.

    Urban Management

    Bachelor of engineering. Full-time studies. Duration 3,5 years.

    Registration fee

    • 0
      until 31.08.21
    • 20
      until 30.09.21

    Tuition fee

    • 3000
      1 year

      *visa procedures may require full annual tuition payment upon applying


    • 2x
      1 semester

      *visa procedures may require full annual tuition payment upon applying


    • 12x
      1 month

      *visa procedures may require full annual tuition payment upon applying


    Special offer

    At CDV you can get discounts for tuition fees and scholarships that will make studying easier.


    • Activities being held by renowned practitioner on labor market, your potential employers!
    • You work in small groups
    • You got access to modern equipment and software
    • Real support of Career’s office in search of practices, internships and work.
    • Number of additional activities such as brand meetings or workshops:
    • Contribution in business projects
    • Contact with the international community.

    Do you have any questions?

    International Student Coordinator

    Kateryna Suprun

    Office R006

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