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SPRING signifies Spatial Plan­ning for Regions in Growing Economies and is a two-year Master´s degree pro­gram that addresses current topics of spatial plan­ning in developing and emerging coun­tries. In lectures, for instance SPRING participants discuss the challenges of rapid urban growth, reflect on the conflict between environmental protection and economic development, develop concepts to improve transport systems or define strategies to cope with impacts of climate change. The first year of the SPRING pro­gram takes place at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity, followed by a second year at one of the five partnering universities in Ghana, Tanzania, The Philippines, Brazil or Chile (currently not available). Language of instruction is English. The SPRING pro­gram awards a M.Sc. Degree in “Re­gio­nal Development Plan­ning and Management”. Both final documents, certificate and transcript, are jointly issued by TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity and the respective partnering uni­ver­si­ty of the second study year.


Over the last decades, many governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America have initiated new regional development strategies, based on national decentralisation policies in order to reduce regional disparities. The level of management of the new decentralised administrative units (districts, regions or municipalities), however, rarely correspond with the new requirements. The quality of governance is still weak and experience in managing regional and urban development limited. Planners are increasingly challenged to bridge the boundaries between administrative sectors and the gap between formulating a plan and implementing a pro­gram. New qualifications are required, ranging from plan­ning competence to management skills, i.e. to make programmes operational with respect to financial requirements and restrictions or to moderate participatory processes. In order to fill the evident gap in adequate train­ing for regional plan­ning and management, five universities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe are co-operating in running the SPRING pro­gram. Launched in 1984 and designed as a joint post-graduate course, SPRING has pioneered a new way of in­ter­na­tio­nal academic co-operation.

Do you want to be a successful planner?

You are aspiring to secure a leadership position and you are wondering about further education to acquire the necessary professional skills for an exciting career as a development planner? SPRING Programme is the right choice for you as it offers you the best opportunity to pursue your professional dream. So, make up your mind and enroll in the SPRING Programme.

Learning at the SPRING Centres is an exciting experience. The unique SPRING University Network across the globe knows no geographical frontiers. It offers you the best possibilities for individualised learning with a concise class size and lively academic exchange with the staff of the SPRING Centres.

The lecture modules of the SPRING Programme combine theoretical knowledge and practical experience for you to gain a deeper understanding of regional development planning and management. The courses during the first year at the TU Dortmund University follow the ideal planning cycle and are structured in three phases viz. analysis, planning and implementation. Each phase converges into a one-week workshop integrating the various modules.

The second year of the SPRING Programme is offered at the partner universities and provides you the opportunity for applied field research culminating in a Master`s thesis which is a mandatory component of the final examination.


Student Life

A perfect setting for multicultural experience

Dortmund is located in the so-called Ruhr Area, which is the largest urban agglomeration in Germany with a total population of five million inhabitants. The Ruhr Area was once famous for its coal and steel industries and is now a centre of high-end manufacturing, finance, higher education and culture. Given its cosmopolitan population and the blend of old and new, Dortmund is a perfect example of 21st century Germany. Using the highly efficient public transport system, you can easily explore the entire Ruhr Area agglomeration. Thus SPRING is more than just learning at the university.

SPRING also means living in a multicultural environment and making friends from across the globe.

SPRING programme provides students with

1) a broad inter-sectoral knowledge and skills across three major regional development planning fields: natural resource planning, physical infrastructure planning and socio-economic development planning;

2) the capability to design regional development activities in a pragmatic, problem and action oriented manner;

3) the competency in applying the three major action phases of the planning cycle: analysis, planning and implementation;

4) the ability to reconcile participatory planning from below with the requirements of planning from above and the framework set by national policies and

5) the capability to combine various personal characteristics such as logical thinking, flexibility, creativity, organisational and communicative skills.

Available Programmes

Bookmark Course Programme Degree Level Duration Tuition
Urban Planning & Land Management SPRING Programme - International Joint Master of Science in Regional Development Planning and Management Masters 2 years 550-5000 Euro (Depends on the university)


What are the admission requirements?

1) Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with significantly above average grades;
2) High proficiency in English;
3) Professional experience in a planning related field is highly desirable.

When is the application deadline?

Application deadline at the TU Dortmund University for:

Citizens of Brazil, Chile, Ghana, the Philippines or Tanzania apply at their respective SPRING Centres until September 30th.

All documents of the application must be submitted in English.

Please visit our homepage for the SPRING application form and latest information about the SPRING Programme:

Are there available scholarships for prospective students?

The SPRING Programme offers a limited number of scholarships provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Further information and application forms for DAAD scholarships can be downloaded from the SPRING homepage.

Once admitted to the SPRING Programme we support you in searching for appropriate donors.

Are there available support for accommodation for prospective students?

Accommodation can be arranged by the SPRING Centres on request.

How much is the expected monthly living expenses including accommodation?
700-930 Euro depends on the country.


TU Dortmund University Department of Spatial Planning | SPRING August-Schmidt-Str.6 44227 Dortmund, Germany