Latin America study tour

Imagine visiting one of the oldest ancient urban centres in the world, Teotihuacan, and walking along the Camino Real in Colombia.

This Latin America study tour allows you to explore a range of social, urban and environmental challenges facing Mexico City and Bogotá. In each city you will learn about its history, urban geography, economy and the environmental challenges each is currently facing through reading, classes and site visits.

Importantly, classes and hands on experience in addressing an issue in one of these global cities will also allow you to consider the ways in which development is shaped by the cities’ relationships with their surrounding regions and with other urban environments.

Suitable for

Undergraduate and postgraduate students of any discipline.


  • Online lectures: December 2012 – January 2013
  • Mexico City field work and study: 16 – 22 January, 2013
  • Bogotá field work and study: 23 – 30 January, 2013
  • Final group assignment due: 15 February, 2013


During the two weeks intensive study period in Mexico City and Bogotá, you will be involved in:

  • Producing urban design and/or planning solutions to address the aspirations of residents living in these two global cities.
  • Developing strategies to overcome the environmental challenges these cities are currently facing.
  • Developing an understanding in and responding to the migration of rural inhabitants to these large urban centres.
  • Promoting and maintaining cultural plurality within (a district of) these cities.
  • Any number of contemporary social and urban development issues that are raised as part of your study tour experience.

A series of onsite lectures, site visits and working on a community development project with local NGOs in both cities will provide students with material to address their assignments. The study tour is held in partnership with Universidad La Salle, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and the ATN, led by RMIT.

Download the full course information and itinerary (PDF 64KB)

Course content and assessment

ARCH1399: Global Cities – Undergraduate and ARCH1402: Global Cities - Postgraduate is offered to undergraduates and postgraduates of the university members of the Australian Technology Network (ATN).

The course is credit-bearing (12 points) and upon successful completion you will be issued an RMIT transcript. Check with your program coordinator to get approval for credit towards your degree.

Assessment tasks will vary for undergraduate and postgraduate students and may include an individual assignment, group presentation, a case study and a reflective journal.

Course coordinator

Dr. Beau B. Beza (Chair, Sir Edmund Hillary Medal Selection Committee and Discipline Head of Environment, Planning and Sustainability at RMIT University)

Application information

The application deadline for this program is Friday 14 September.

Download the full course information and application form (PDF 64KB)

Information events

There are currently no information sessions scheduled for this study tour at this time. Future information sessions will be listed here when available.


The cost for participation in the program is approximately $8,000, including flights and accommodation.

Scholarships of $1,000-$2,000 will be available, and you may be eligible for further funding. Upon acceptance, detailed subject and travel information will available.

Further information

Download the full course information and application form (PDF 64KB)


For more information, please contact Beau Beza.