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Admission & Application for Students

Applying to challenges is a 2-step process. First, you have to register to our system. Secondly, as soon as you have created an account and have found a suitable challenge, you must apply by clicking the “Login as a student to apply” button. Only then will your application be valid and active in our systems. 

First, explore the ECIU University challenges. Then, register to receive more information about participation and apply the challenge that intrigues you and you may get paired up with other European learners  that also thrive for the idea (or challenge). When accepted, engage in and investigate the challenge and propose solutions.

To enrol to the ECIU University challenge, you have to:

be a student of one of the 12 ECIU University member institutions,

be enrolled in a master’s degree programme or final year of a bachelor’s degree programme,

have completed 120 ECTS of higher education studies at undergraduate level, 

have B2 level of English language proficiency (Self-assessment, CEFR of languages).

You do not need do provide any certificate, the self-assessment is enough. English language proficiency requirement for participation in the ECIU University challenges is: B2 (Self-assessment, CEFR of languages). 

  • Your CV and a letter of motivation,
  • Transcript of records.

(Please contact your home student support centre or study programme support to acquire a transcript of records.)

Please register to the challenge platform to find out more:  https://challenges.eciu.org/Login/register

The application deadline varies depending on the start of the challenges. Please find out more in the challenge description. You can explore the challenges here: https://challenges.eciu.org/challenges/

As soon as you have applied you will receive an automated confirmation response. 

Thereafter, the admission process starts. You can expect to receive additional information regarding your application within two working weeks from the university hosting the challenge. This may either be the university where the challenge arose or another one of the ECIU network which is hosting the challenge. 

Given any holiday period, please allow for some additional time. Your main point of contact after you have applied will be the Admissions Officer from the university hosting the challenge you applied for. In case this contact has not been initiated within the given timeframe, please contact us via challenges@eciu.org

ECIU University has a 2-step admission process, led by the Admissions Committee. Once the process has been completed, you will receive an official email form the Admissions Officer of the university hosting the challenge announcing the decision of the Admissions Committee.

You can apply to more than one ECIU Challenges as long as there are no conflicting schedules. Please also note that your acceptance to any of the ECIU Challenges is subject to the decision of the Admissions Committee.  

Participation in the ECIU University challenges is free of charge. 

In case you are experiencing technical problems registering to an ECIU Challenge via our website, please contact us at challenges@eciu.org

Content and Schedule

ECIU, the European Consortium of Innovative Universities, is the international network of universities with collective emphasis on innovation, creativity and societal impact. The ECIU University is an EU-funded initiative that creates a ground-breaking and innovative educational model on a European scale. The ECIU University connects 12 universities from 12 different European countries.

Learn more: www.eciu.org  

The ECIU University challenges are extracurricular (in some cases curricular) learning offerings that are organized by the ECIU University members and currently open to the students of ECIU member universities. The ECIU University Challenges allow learners to engage with external stakeholders to work on real-life challenges and make an impact. Our challenges are tackled using a challenge-based learning approach, multidisciplinary setting and international environment.

At the ECIU University learners, teachers, researchers, representatives of businesses and public organisations join forces across a variety of disciplines to solve real-life problems. The challenge-based learning approach follows a specific structure consisting of three main steps: engage, investigate and act, letting students be active participants and co-creators in the process. Learn more: https://www.eciu.org/for-learners/about#challenges

Challenges are provided by business and societal partners across Europe. These challenges are the ones that communities and organisations face at this very moment. You can explore them here.

Next to participating in the challenge, students will be able to choose from a variety of micro-modules which support them to better solve the challenge. The micro-modules enable students:

  • to learn more about regional and international societal issues related to different aspects of making cities and regions sustainable (UN Sustainable Development Goal 11),
  • to learn foreign languages,
  • to learn skills that are vital in solving challenges in international teams (e.g., intercultural communication).

Learn more: https://challenges.eciu.org/micro-modules/

Working on challenges will give you “first-hand” experience and possibilities to contribute to real societal change - to tackle local, national and global problems with a challenge-based approach.

In addition, you will gain unique experiences and develop professional and personal skills, like problem-solving and team-work competences, the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary and international team and learn inter-cultural competences. 

In the challenge-based learning approach, you will work together with teachers, government, experts, business and societal organisations. In addition to this, you may choose from a variety of micro-modules that can support you to better solve the challenge.

The first challenges will start on 18th of January, 2021 but some can start later. The length varies depending on the challenge, please find out more in the challenge description. You can explore the challenges here: https://challenges.eciu.org/challenges/

The majority of the ECIU Challenges will be offered fully online for this spring pilot due to the pandemic outbreak and the various national regulations and restrictions concerning mobility. Nevertheless, some challenges may be offered in a blended format. Please consult the description of the challenge for additional information as well as contact us via challenges@eciu.org.

A blended format allows students to collaborate online in combination with physical mobility. This will be defined by each challenge.

The descriptions of the challenges can be found here: https://challenges.eciu.org/challenges/

The descriptions of the micro-modules can be found here: https://challenges.eciu.org/micro-modules/

All students taking part in the ECIU University challenges will receive an official ECIU University Certificate confirming participation and a mention in Diploma Supplement for the work carried out.

It is important to note that the workload spent on the challenge/activity is at the discretion of the home institution. For earning ECTS credits, please contact your student adviser.