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UNICA Student Conference

Initiated in 2000, the UNICA Student Conference is a joyful tradition that gathers every 2-3 years with 200 to 300 students from member universities in the capitals of Europe.

Attention: UNICA has not decided yet whether the next student conference is going to be held in 2023. The information on this page will be updated as soon as the outcome of the decision becomes clear.

 

What can you expect from the programme?

By combining keynote speeches, hard work in the discussion groups and social activities, this student-led conference provides students with a unique possibility of meeting their peers from other European countries and to share their views on meaningful issues related to higher education. Students are also encouraged to formulate opinions and recommendations that can be voiced within the UNICA network and relevant stakeholders and give rise to new challenging initiatives. 

UNICA universities are intrinsically urban, bringing opportunities and responsibilities and challenges that require ambitious vision and innovative thought to be addressed.

Share your voice and dreams about what the role of universities in capital cities should be in the future and how higher education institutions might tackle major urban challenges!

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Student wearing COVID mask in class room
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For you?

This programme is open to students in their second (or higher) years of their Bachelor's, Master students, and PhD students.

When and where?

UNICA has not decided yet whether the next student conference is going to be held in 2023. The information on this page will be updated as soon as the outcome of the decision becomes clear.

How much time is required?

The student conference will be a full-time experience during your stay. You will also be asked to participate in the short pre-departure and reflective event.

What are the costs? And is a scholarship possible?

The organizing universities cover accommodation during the conference, lunches during conference sessions and cultural events. The UvA will provide a scholarship to help cover travel costs and transportation from the airport to the city.

Is this a credit-bearing programme?

No, this programme is non-credit bearing. The program is a valuable experience for your CV, as well as an opportunity for networking and meeting your peers from all over Europe.

How can you apply?

Applications are now closed.

Join the information session!

There are several ways you can prepare for this experience: get well-informed, ask your last questions and talk to others, and make the most of your international experience through training.

  • Join the Study Abroad Fair on 8 October 2022 to explore your options!
  • Join our (online) information session on 6 December 2022 or 21 March 2023 16:00-17:30 CEST to find out if this programme matches your ambitions.
  • Register for workshops hosted by the Office of International Student Affairs to get helpful tips to overcome the challenges in applying, and how to prepare.

Questions?

The Office of International Student Affairs facilitates this programme. If you have any questions, you can email us at global@uva.nl.