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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 yet decided whether the next student conference will be in 2022 or 2023. The information on this page is about the 2021 event, it shall 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. 

The theme of the 2021 conference is: 'Your University in the post-COVID-19 capital city!'. 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?

The UNICA Student Conference will be held in Lisbon from Sunday 18 – Wednesday 21 July 2021.

How much time is required?

The student conference will be a full-time experience during your time in Lisbon. 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 to Lisbon 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?

Apply for this programme before 1 March 2021, by sending an email to global@uva.nl. Please include a short motivation stating your affinity with the theme (max. 500 words, in English), as well as a copy of your resume and a copy of your UvA transcript.

Join the information session!

Be sure to join one of the information sessions to find out if this programme matches your ambitions to study abroad. You will also get helpful tips to overcome the challenges in applying.


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