About Liberal Arts and Sciences:
Liberal Arts and Sciences programmes recognise the need for true interdisciplinary collaboration in order to identify and tackle the societal challenges facing the world today. Particular emphasis is placed on promoting intercultural awareness and understanding, on the development of critical analysis and reflection, and on the ability to provide leadership and to make articulate and persuasive arguments.

EPICUR is developing a wide variety of state-of-the-art teaching and learning formats with an emphasis on collaborative teaching and learning.  These courses deal with real-world problems, include interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives, and aim to inspire critical thinking and autonomous and transformative learning. The wide variety of state-of-the-art teaching formats include joint and parallel courses, joint block courses, excursions and summer schools, on-location and digital. 

In EPICUR you have the chance to study in the Core Track and the two study tracks “Natural and Societal Sustainability” and “European Identities”. Each of them aligning with the LAS tradition.
About the Study Tracks:
Core Track Courses aim to build students’ interculturality, language skills, and their ability to reflect on knowledge acquired following the LAS tradition of an interdisciplinary, “breadth and depth” approach to teaching and learning that will prepare students for the rigors of EPICUR’s thematic tracks. Courses are foundational, spanning topics in Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities. Students who take these courses will: 
  • have improved their ability to understand complex concepts, 
  • be able to integrate new knowledge with previous knowledge and knowledge from other fields,
  • be able to generate new ideas and communicate them clearly
In the EPICUR Study Track European Identities you will engage with questions and approaches addressing concepts of identity relevant for the challenges of the Europe of the 21st century. The track focusses on the constructed character of European identities, on cultural memories, narratives, mediascapes, and visual cultures in Europe, and encourages students to create visions of inclusive and dynamic European futures. The term "Europe" is not limited to the EU, nor does it hinge upon notions of ethnicity, race, or religion. Instead, it addresses Europe's cultural changes, its shifting meanings, and the emergent voices of marginalized and new identities such as Afropeans, Asian Europeans, European Muslims, etc.

Courses in the Study Track European Identities will enable you to engage in constructive dialogue and reflect critically on issues of justice, diversity, and integrate different methodologies used in the humanities and social sciences, and collaborate effectively and meaningfully in an intercultural setting.
 In the EPICUR Study track Natural and Societal Sustainability you will gain the ability to critically reflect and engage in current and future sustainability challenges related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as put forward by the United Nations in 2015. The content of the courses targets interdisciplinary knowledge and competencies within the EPICUR liberal arts and sciences program, focusing on interdependencies between societal, economic, environmental, and cultural drivers of sustainability challenges and resulting conflicts of goals and interests.

These courses will help you to be equipped for the sustainability challenges humanity will have to face in the 21st century and which we will not be able to overcome with disciplinary thinking and a national perspective. 
How to Proceed:
  1. Choose and select one or more courses from the online course catalogue. 

    Please check the Guidance Note for Applications first.

  2. Click the button Apply now! and submit your application online before the deadline. You will be requested to upload required documentation. 
Please check with the EPICUR contact at your home institution to determine whether you can gain ECTS to count towards your programme of study (e.g., as an elective). If this is not possible, the course may still be taken as an extracurricular activity.
Detailed Course Catalogue and Application:
Liberal Arts and Sciences 2021-22
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