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Welcome to the innovative micro-programme called Civic Engagement! Here, you will learn to apply academic theory into practice, gain hands-on experience of working for the community and network with other students from across Europe to gain perspectives on current societal issues!

Seize this fantastic opportunity now and add a multi-faceted international dimension to your study profile, proven by an official CIVIS certificate.

Organising universities:

  • University of Bucharest
  • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • University of Tübingen

The micro-programme Civic Engagement is intended to enable you, as a bachelor 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 learn to assume responsibility, gain practical experience, and grow personally.

Promoting civic engagement throughout academia, is a key pillar of CIVIS's goals. Courses covering both a broad and a targeted spectrum on Civic Engagement are offered by the University of Bucharest, the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the University of Tübingen.

Students' testimonies

I had the opportunity to […] attend this transdisciplinary programme of Civis, getting together with other peers from universities (across Europe) from Madrid & Bucharest & learning about a field I had already and still continue to be involved in, namely volunteering & civic engagement.

(Christos Kaitatzis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)



To me, meeting and working with new people from different fields of studies and therefore probably different perspectives, was a main goal.

(Johanna Grad, Univesity of Tübingen, Germany)



The CIVIS micro-programme Civic Engagement consists of three compulsory units.

Unit 1 | Civic Engagement in Europe: A Transdisciplinary Approach

In the winter term 2021/22, the organising universities are offered the joint online course “Civic Engagement in Europe: A Transdisciplinary Approach”.

This course is now offered as a Blended Intensive Programme from the University of Bucharest, the University of Tübingen, the National and and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

You can already apply for this Blended Intensive Programme until 28 February 2023. Click here to learn more and apply for the Blended Intensive Programme Civic engagement in Europe: A transdisciplinary approach.

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In this course students and lecturers discuss, based on scientific literature, questions such as: What are the different types of civic engagement? Are there any similarities and differences between the various forms of civic engagement across European countries? What motivates people to volunteer? How can universities empower students to contribute to social justice? How can students participate in activities that promote civic engagement within their subjects? What is the role of civic engagement in modern economies, for example, in the tourism industry?

Student testimony

This course helped me understand more about our current society and the ways in which we can work to make Europe, and perhaps the whole world, a better place. I got the chance to communicate and network with people from different parts of Europe, learn more about their culture and region, and experienced some great moments during the course. Daniel-Vasile Rădulescu, University of Bucharest, Romania

Unit 2 | Societal challenges

In Unit 2, students learn to apply their academic knowledge to concrete societal challenges and define sustainable solutions by promoting their creative and actionable ideas and deliver real progress to societies and planet, according to SDGs. With this goal in mind, students can select and attend seminars that follow either the service-learning or the challenge-based approach.

Service-Learning courses combine academic learning with civic engagement. They always involve partners from the local community, non-governmental or non-profit organisations. Students and lecturers work together with the partner entities and addresses real social problems and needs by applying academic theory and methods into praxis in a community context. For example, you can attend courses like: “Tübingen Erbe Charity Run: Instagram and TikTok Communication”, “Engaging marginalized Communities” and “University-based projects for local sustainable development in European UNESCO global parks”.

Challenge-based courses actively involve students and lecturers in real and relevant problem situation, which implies the definition of a challenge and the implementation of a solution. Therefore, in these courses, academic knowledge is not only acquired but also applied to real and current challenges we face as a society. For example, you can attend courses like: “Data Collection, Analysis and Strategy Planning”, Smart Health: Digital Transformation of Healthcare Systems” and “Eco-friendly technologies”.

Our courses in Unit 2 address fields like,

  • social justice, migration, human rights
  • citizen science
  • social change through marketing and leadership
  • civic tourism
  • biodiversity and human well-being

Unit 3 | Record of civic engagement

Within this third unit, you will need to get involved in an individual internship or civic engagement activity of your choosing at a non-profit or a non-governmental organization. The placement of internships is heavily influenced by your personal interests. For example, you could volunteer as a trainer in a local sport club or become an active member of an association that promotes social justice issues or issues related to environmental topics. You can freely allocate your volunteer time to multiple short-term or a single long-term activity.

Through volunteering…

(...) one acquires - while following one's interests and having fun - competences that cannot be acquired so early in any other place of learning. These competences can contribute to the development of one's own person and bring advantages later, for example in professional life. Kim Bayer, University of Tübingen

To complete Unit 3, please note that:

Only volunteering completed after 1 September 2020 is eligible for credit.

You are required to have completed a min. of 140 hours of volunteer service.

For more information about volunteering opportunities, contact:

After completing all three units, you will receive an official certificate awarding 15 ECTS credit points.

You can decide for yourself where you want to gain expertise within the framework of this micro-programme. You can either concentrate on Unit 2 and thus in the areas of courses offered (Option 1) or you can decide to gain more practical experience and thus focus on Unit 3 (Option 2).

Steps Option 1 Option 2
Unit 1 3 ECTS credit points
Unit 2 6 ECTS credit points 3 ECTS credit points
Unit 3 6 ECTS credit points 9 ECTS credit points
Certificate 15 ECTS credit points

These ECTS 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.
  • For Students of all other Universities please contact your home university.

Further opportunities

According to your learning interests, you may also apply for individual courses included in the micro-programme for additional credits.

You will …

  • Gain transversal competencies and transferable skills, such as self-efficacy, problem-solving, societal responsibility, and critical thinking.
  • Gain fundamental knowledge and critical perspectives on different forms of civic engagement.
  • Expand your awareness of current societal challenges.
  • Explore fields and issues outside your own discipline.
  • Acquire and apply knowledge on real multidisciplinary societal problems and needs.
  • Gain practical experience in different working fields.
  • Experience international learning and become part of the CIVIS network of volunteers.

The next application period for this micro-programme will be 1-31 March 2023.


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.

University of Bucharest: Raluca Amza (

Universidad autónoma de Madrid: Nadia Fernández de Pinedo (

University of Tübingen: Iris-Niki Nikolopoulos (