During the Fall of 2019, I traveled with IHP’s Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning, and Politics to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Barcelona, Spain, and Cape Town, South Africa. Spending a month in each country, the curriculum was urban studies focused, examining issues relating to housing, labor, transportation, tourism, urban citizenship, municipal governance, and more specific to each city we were in. Our classes were complemented by field trips, guest lectures, and meetings with local actors such as government officials, non-profits, business, and activists. Outside of the classroom, I got to live with three host families, one in each country that truly made by experience unique, and introduced me to three amazing families. Overall, this experience expanded my understanding of contemporary urban problems on a municipal scale as well as in a greater global context, and the range of actions and policies that the public, private, and non-profit sectors are taking across the globe to tackle the most pressing urban challenges.