In this innovative micro-progamme, students apply academic theory into practice in a community context, exchange perspectives on current societal issues with fellow students across Europe and expand their personal network. Seize this fantastic opportunity now and add a multi-facetted international dimension to your study profile by receiving an official certificate!
Micro-Programme: Civic Engagement
Universities are typically perceived as places for research and teaching, with the risk of becoming an ivory tower. Modern higher education institutions, on the other hand, strive for a third mission: establishing an equal relationship with their environment and society. Fostering this third mission, which entails active dialogue with various public and private bodies as well as promoting civic engagement throughout academia, is a key pillar of CIVIS's goals. As a result, member universities strive to train their students in this regard through their educational programs. As a consequence, they can become well-informed and deeply motivated citizens, equipped with a critical sense and capable of analysing problems and seeking solutions for those raised in society, applying these, and taking on social responsibilities.
The micro-programme Civic Engagement is intended to enable you, as a bachelor and / or master student, to actively contribute to civil society by combining the acquisition of theoretical content (Learning) and its practical application to a real social need (Service). As a result, you will assume responsibility, gain practical experience, and grow personally. Courses covering both a broad and a target spectrum on Civic Engagement are offered by the University of Bucharest, the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the University of Tübingen.
The CIVIS micro-programme Civic Engagement consists of three different, compulsory units. After completing all three units, you will receive an official certificate awarding 15 ECTS credit points. These credit points will be recognized as part of your study programme at the home university according to local rules:
- For University of Bucharest students, the 15 ECTS credit points will be recognized in the special module for CIVIS activities.
- For Universidad autónoma de Madrid students, the 6 ECTS credit points will be recognized as curricular credits and 9 ECTS as extracurricular credits.
- For University of Tübingen students, the 15 ECTS credit points will be recognized in the module key qualification.
Students participating in the micro-programme on Civic Engagement have to undertake courses and activities in three units up to a total of 15 ECTS credit points.
3 – 6 ECTS credit points
You should choose Service-Learning course(s) offered by one of the three universities. Service-Learning courses combine academic learning with civic engagement. Furthermore, they always involve partners from the local community, non-governmental or non-profit organizations applying the respective course result in their work. Please make sure to attend courses with a min. of 3 up to 6 ECTS credit points.
Record of civic engagement
Minimum 6 ECTS credit points
Within this second unit, you get involved in an individual internship OR civic engagement activity at a non-profit or non-governmental organization. The placement of internships is heavily influenced by your personal interests. For example, you could volunteer as a trainer, mentor, or in student initiatives. To credit your civic engagement, please note that:
- You are required to have completed between 140 to 180 hours of volunteer service.
- You need to attend meetings to reflect on your respective volunteering. For reflection courses, please reach out to your home university’s contact.
- Only volunteering, completed after 1 September 2020 and before September 2022 is eligible for credit. You may, however, freely allocate your volunteer time to multiple short-term or single long-term activities.
For more information about volunteering opportunities, contact:
- University of Bucharest: Alexandru-Mihai Carțiș, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Universidad Autónoma de Madrid: Nadia Fernández de Pinedo, email@example.com
- University of Tübingen: Iris-Niki Nikolopoulos, firstname.lastname@example.org (see also the University of Tübingen's page about volunteering)
3 ECTS credit points
Starting in the winter term 2021/22, the organizing universities are offering the joint online course “Civic Engagement in Europe: a Transdisciplinary Approach”. This obligatory course will be the creditable aspect of the of the third unit.
According to your learning interests, you may also apply for individual courses included in the micro-programme for additional credits.
You will have the opportunity:
- to gain transdisciplinary and transversal competences, transferable skills, such as self-efficacy, societal responsibility, and critical reflection of your own work.
- to gain fundamental knowledge and critical perspectives on civic engagement.
- to sharpen your critical reflection on civic engagement, awareness for current societal challenges.
- to explore fields and issues outside your own discipline
- to acquire knowledge and develop professional competences, but you also have the opportunity to apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to work on real multidisciplinary problems.
- to gain practical experience in different fields with societal relevance.
- to gain an international learning experience and to be part of a CIVIS network of volunteering.
You can apply for the micro-programme and for the courses which interest you at the same time.
You will be informed at the latest after the end of the application period whether you have been admitted to the micro-programme and to the courses you chose.