Mobility Programs

Intercultural Service-Learning Course (full seminar) 
« En route! » – Become a global citizen through cross-border service learning

Civic engagement and intercultural awareness as well as a differentiated view of societal contexts and political developments are indispensable today for shaping society as responsible global citizens.

Within the EPICUR Internship Exchange Programme, an intercultural service-learning course is offered that combines an innovative way of academic learning with civic engagement in an organisation of the third sector, e.g. NGOs, cultural organisations, environmental agencies, social enterprises, etc. The programme connects the regions of the European University by offering students cross-border internships (2 months) in one of the EPICUR universities’ locations between June and October 2021. Additional components, e.g. intercultural trainings, are offered to all participants of the programme.

The internships at civil society organisations are accompanied by the intercultural service-learning course (full seminar), and both are fully virtual in the 2021 pilot run to enable innovative and inclusive student mobility. During the internship, the students will work in one of the listed organisations of the third sector based in Karlsruhe or Thessaloniki on a voluntary basis (10 hours per week). The internships provide not only practical work experience, but also strengthen the students’ intercultural and soft skills and, thus, contribute to their employability. 

The participants are required to attend the full intercultural service-learning course (compulsory). It begins on Friday, 14th May 2021, with an introductory session to provide general information needed to start the programme and runs until October 2021. 

The course consists of 3 parts (all of them are virtual):

  • Accompanying seminar: 
    • Introductory session (14th May 2021, 9:00 – 11:00)
    • Seminar sessions (9th June, 23rd June, 7th July, 21st July, 11th August, 25th August, 8th September, 22nd September, 6th October, 20th October 2021)
    • Final session (23rd October 2021, 9:00 – 12:00)
  • Civic engagement: In total 80 working hours (= 10 hours per week) in an organisation of the third sector (e.g. NGOs, cultural organisations, environmental agencies, etc.
  • Additional bridging trainings: 
    • Trainings on intercultural competence (11th and 18th June-2021, 10:00 – 13:00 CET; participation in both training sessions required)
    • Trainings on communication skills (2nd, 9th and 16th July 2021, time TBD; participation in all 3 training sessions required)


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Become a global citizen

In the accompanying seminar, students apply academic knowledge to understand the role of the third sector in the context of contemporary society and different types and financing opportunities for non-governmental organisations. In addition, the seminar offers the students space to reflect on individual (work) experiences as well as on their development of personal competences, such as empathy, tolerance, intercultural understanding and flexibility. 

The course will conclude with a final session, inviting the students to exchange and reflect on their experiences. This final session is also open to participants who have completed internships at private enterprises (who also have the option to attend the introductory session and the additional bridging trainings).

Please note:
ECTS recognition is not yet regulated. A recognition of 6 ECTS may be possible, provided that the internship and service-learning course have been successfully completed and you received prior approval from the appropriate authorities at your home university!

Learning Outcomes:

After completing the course, the students will be able to… 

  • explain the basic principles, features and functions of the third sector in the context of contemporary societies 
  • list various types of non-governmental organisations and assign a non-governmental organisation into typology groups of organisations
  • give a basic overview of current state of the third sector in the EU
  • explain specifics of organisational management and financing of non-governmental organisations
  • recognise volunteering as an important part of civil society and the third sector
  • identify the resources, challenges and needs of the organisation, in particular under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and create a plan together with the community partner on how to respond to these needs 
  • critically reflect on and evaluate one’s own contribution to the needs of the partner organisation and thus to the community
  • critically reflect on and evaluate one’s own development of personal, social and intercultural competences

Explore current internship positions and learn how to apply on the EPICUR Inter-University-Campus

Application deadline: 4th April 202

Heads up: There is only a limited number of internship positions available in the pilot run 2021!