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Expanded Horizons

Expanded Horizons is an intensive on-site field study conducted each fall by graduate students in urban planning at the University of Michigan.

A city or urban region is selected, and planning students travel there for an extended weekend to meet with various city and regional planning professionals as well as neighborhood associations, urban designers, and architects. In addition, students tour major urban development sites and programs.

Since its inception in 1989, Expanded Horizons has traveled to a number of cities in the U.S. and Canada, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Toronto. Expanded Horizons is a wonderful opportunity to explore the different fields of planning, see planning in action, discover a new city, and bond with your fellow classmates.

2022 - Chicago

Expanded Horizons 2022 - Chicago

Past Trips:

2021 - Indianapolis (Virtual)

Indianapolis skyline


Cancelled due to university travel restrictions.

2019 - Buffalo

Expanded Horizons 2019 - Buffalo

2018 - Detroit

The Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA) is happy to announce the location for 2018 Expanded Horizons will be Detroit, Michigan. We feel that many applicants apply to the University of Michigan Master of Urban & Regional Planning Program with an interest in Detroit. The weekend will provide students with opportunities to visit development sites, network with alumni and interact with public and private sector leaders, community-based organizations and a host of other planning-related organizations. Our goal is to strengthen the Master of Urban & Regional Planning Program's tie s to the City of Detroit and enhance students’ understanding of career opportunities they can pursue after graduation.

2017 - Cleveland

M.U.R.P. 2017 - 2018

2016 - Milwaukee

Expanded Horizons 2016 - Milwaukee

2015 - Pittsburgh

 Expanded Horizons field trip to Pittsburgh blog.

Expanded Horizons 2015

Expanded Horizons 2015 from Prashanth C R on Vimeo.

2014 - Chicago

Insights @ Taubman College: Expanded Horizons from Taubman College on Vimeo.

Read more about the 2014 trip.

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