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Developing Social Housing Projects (DSHP) – Property Management with a Social Mandate (IHS)

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

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One of the characteristics of developing countries is fast growing cities and the lack of affordable housing. This short course tunes your skills to improve housing conditions of people in real need.

NGO activists, social housing agencies, local government employees; you all struggle with improving the state of living of conditions in your city. Let's learn from each other.

The development phase, where social housing policies are translated into actions, is crucial for ensuring that social housing reaches the intended beneficiaries. The course draws on the long-term experiences and experiments of social housing in the Netherlands and of other international best practices. It focuses on the crucial elements that make social housing projects work, thereby providing an affordable formal housing solution which is at the same time available, accessible and acceptable for the intended beneficiaries. The course will be a blend of lectures, expert's seminars, excursions/field visits, exercises, educational games, group discussions and active participant involvement.


2018 Full-time Institutioneel € 2750 / hele opleiding
2018 Full-time Internationaal € 2750 / hele opleiding


An assessment may be required for any of the programmes at Erasmus University. This depends on the course you wish to sign up for and on the file that you send us as part of your application. A file should contain your academic background and relevant test-scores, such as TOEFL/IELTS, a letter of motivation and letters of reference.


At the end of the course, participants will be able to successfully make key choices for social housing projects with regard to defining designs and plans, financial instruments, management structure and the institutional set-up necessary to make social housing projects work.


Introduction to social housing; What is social housing, who are the main delivery agents of social housing? Client relations: target groups for social housing and their needs? Technological aspects of social housing: design and plan for social housing projects. Financial aspects: how to finance social housing projects; Management of social housing; management of social housing processes.

instruction modes

A blend of lectures, expert's seminars, excursions/field visits and group exercises. The state-of-the-art knowledge and experience of social housing in the Netherlands is used in a case study of a Dutch social housing project which is the backbone to introducing all the complex aspects and actors. Series of workshops supports the skill development.


IHS offers a unique service approach for international participants in our programmes. We assist you with accomodation, travel arrangements, insurance and other general student services. IHS has been teaching international students for over 55 years. We are looking forward to welcoming you!

job perspective

IHS is engaged in over 100 urban programmes and projects at any point in time, enabling a direct link between theory and practice. IHS lecturers have worked all over the world thus creating a possibility to discuss and initiate programmes and projects in your country and your cities.


Participants will be able to develop a social housing project proposal defining designs and plans, financial instruments, management structure and the institutional set-up. Many social housing projects do not reach low to middle income households. The development phase, social housing policies translated into action, is crucial in ensuring social housing reaches low- to middle-income households.

study abroad

IHS educates participants from all over the world and can boost an alumni netwerk of over 7400 urban professionals in over 140 countries. Also the staff members and guest lecturers are either internationals or partly educated abroad. The case studies that are shared are retrieved from different urban regions around the world taking intercultural differences and similarities into account. You can therefore safely conclude that you will study in an international environment.

study association

IHS Alumni International (IHS AI) is a network of urban professionals that was established in 2009 in response to the need for all IHS alumni to stay connected. It's primary aim is fostering professional ideas and support.

It's objective and slogan is 'sharing urban knowledge' internationally.

sustainable strengthening

The course aims to enable participants, primarily housing professionals in developing & transitional countries, to become better developers of social housing projects. The course will enable them to work better in the complex multidisciplinary & multi actor environment in which housing projects are developed. The focus is on the translation of housing policy into practice, delivery of housing. Thereby achieving social housing products that respond to the needs of future residents and ultimately

tuition fee

Additional costs (Postgraduate diploma courses)
Travel to and from the course destination, daily travel, copying costs, insurance (international insurance can be arranged by IHS for currently EUR 1,30 per day), short stay visa costs, accommodation and living costs

Included in the tuition fee:
Access to the IHS library and online course literature, pick up at the airport when you arrive, Rotterdam public transport validation card ('OV-chipcard')

Niveau N.V.T.
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 3 weken
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur Geen titel
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Privé
Afronding Diploma
Credits 420