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University of Bristol

Since its foundation in 1872 The University of Bristol has become firmly established and internationally renowned. Ranked in the top 30 universities globally due to our outstanding teaching and research superb facilities and highly talented students and staff.

Located in the heart of the city of Bristol students receive a warm welcome and quickly become a valued member of the university community. You will learn with academics and students from over 120 countries and be encouraged to be intellectually rigourous, challenging, creative and entrepreneurial.

The School of Humanities is internationally renowned for its research activity. The unique combination of individual disciplines and collaborations create a vibrancy and vitality. All staff in the School are active researchers and many are renowned within their own specialisms. Undergraduates in the faculty are in constant contact with academics who are at the forefront of their disciplines and there is a large cohort of research students across all subject areas.

ELAN modules

  • Critical Writing in the Humanities (1st / 2nd year)
  • Reading the Past (1st / 2nd year)
  • Ideas and Society (1st / 2nd year)
  • Experiencing the Aesthetic (1st / 2nd year)
  • The Public Role of the Humanities (3rd year)
  • Arts Students Count: Numeracy and Quantitative Reasoning (1st year)

Plus other units, from 1st to 3rd year and M-level (second cycle), in all subjects in the Faculty of Arts, from a continually updated list (in some cases students will need to have necessary prerequisites). Please see http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/study/undergraduate/liberal-arts/elan-network/ . We will also be able to facilitate independent study, and assist students in finding internships (in most cases unpaid, but with some paid opportunities).

Universidade de Coimbra

The University of Coimbra (UC) is a Portuguese public higher education institution with more than 700 years of experience in education, training and research - the oldest part of the campus dates back to the 16th century. The University and its medieval city surroundings were classified as World Heritage by the UNESCO in 2013.

Coimbra is a district capital, but mainly a University city, with around 150,000 inhabitants. Situated in the center of Portugal, it nears both the mountains and the sea: between Serra da Lousã (part of the European network of protected natural areas), and Serra da Estrela (the highest mountain in mainland Portugal), and less than an hour from the sea.

The University of Coimbra offers various courses to students visiting Coimbra within the ELAN network. Incoming students can choose from a list of units and also add language courses (Portuguese, Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Dutch and Russian are on offer).

For further information: http://www.uc.pt/fluc/erasmus_student/elan

There is a list of units recommended as ELAN in the Faculty of Arts webpage:

  • The American Century (taught in English)
  • Migrations and Multiculturality in Europe (taught in English)
  • Literatura e Outras Artes [Literature and Other Arts; taught in Portuguese]
  • Estética [Aesthetics; taught in Portuguese]
  • História do tempo Presente [History of the Present; taught in Portuguese]
  • Multiculturalidade e Diálogo Intercultural [Multiculturality and Intercultural Dialogue; taught in Portuguese]
  • Arte, Vanguarda e Globalização [Art, Avantgarde, Globalization; taught in Portuguese]
  • Arte e Humanismo [Art and Humanism; taught in Portuguese]
  • História das Religiões [History of Religions; taught in Portuguese]

For module description, see:


ELAN students are also welcome to take language units and to choose among all other units – 1st to 3rd year and Masters’ level – in the Faculty Departments (https://apps.uc.pt/courses/en/courses/FLUC):

  • Philosophy, Communcation and Information
  • Geography and Tourism
  • History, European Studies, Archeology and Arts
  • Languages, Literatures and Cultures

A number of courses is taught in English, while most are taught in Portuguese.


Trinity College Dublin

Located in the heart of Dublin and founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is an historic university making a modern impact. As Ireland's leading university, ranked No. 1 in Ireland by the QS World University Rankings, Trinity is a leader in top-quality, internationally recognised higher education. Its reputation is especially high in the arts and humanities, in which it regularly ranks in the top 100 universities globally. Trinity has a diverse and multicultural community of over 17,000 students, from 122 countries world-wide, pursuing courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. The university has over 400 exchange partnerships with universities across the globe.

Undergraduate students at Trinity can choose from over 400 courses covering a wide range of disciplines. Most departments offer four-year degree programmes, with the first two ‘Freshman’ years followed by two ’Sophister’ years.  Trinity College Dublin has a strong reputation for its approachable lecturers who are leaders in their fields. Our undergraduate courses have a strong emphasis on working in small seminar groups, especially at the Sophister level.

Trinity’s focus on global relations, ensures that international students are well catered for, through a variety of services, including its clubs and societies, the Trinity College Global Room, student counselling, the provision of English language classes, Student Learning and Development and a dedicated international career advisor.   Student Learning Development offers advice, resources, individual consultations and workshops to help students improve their academic performance and reach their potential. Each Department within the School of Histories and Humanities also has a dedicated academic Coordinator for Visiting and Erasmus students.

ELAN modules

Incoming students should be approved for Freshman and Sophister modules before arrival in Dublin. If this is done, almost all Freshman modules are available in the in the following Schools:

See too the possibilities available in European Studies and possibilities in Religion & Theology

Depending on qualifications and student numbers, some Sophister modules in these Schools may also be available to ELAN students. Modules are advertised on Departmental web pages, but bear in mind not all modules are necessarily available every year. It is advisable to contact the ELAN coordinator in TCD as soon as possible for precise module information.

All modules are taught in English. Essays and exams must be written in English.

Universität Graz

The University of Graz, which was founded in 1585, is Austria's second oldest university and one of the largest in the country. Many excellent scientists, amongst them six Nobel laureates, have taught and researched here. With some 31,500 students and 4,000 employees the University of Graz contributes significantly to the vibrating life of the Styrian capital. Its location in Europe encourages a lively scientific, economic and cultural exchange with South-East Europe, from which not only the city benefits, but also its educational institutions.

The Institute of Philosophy of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities was founded in 1897, but the teaching of philosophy (logic, natural philosophy, metaphysics) started as early as 1586 when a Jesuit School was established in Graz. After a strong emphasis on phenomenological theory in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and analytical philosophy in the late 20th century, the focus widened to include practical philosophy and a humanities-wide interdisciplinary perspective about a decade ago. Now, the philosophy department offers three MA degrees and a large degree of embeddedness within the wider structure of humanities, primarily with the Insitute for Cultural Sciences.

ELAN modules

As a core, regular Institute of Philosophy modules to be open to ELAN students include

  • Module C: Systematic and historic foundations (Introductions to epistemology, ethics, and the history of philosophy)
  • Module G: Further disciplines of practical philosophy (value theory, applied ethics, social philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of religion, aesthetics)
  • Module H: Advanced courses on practical philosophy
  • Module I: Foundations of the History of Philosophy
  • Module K: Inter- and transdisciplinary modules (Philosophy and the humanities, philosophy and other sciences, may include phenomenology in the future)

Note A: The 1st to 3rd level access will be decided, in most cases, individually by the teachers.

Note B: Due to the presence of Wahlfächer courses the topics of which can be relatively freely chosen, there is a vast amount of other classes from other parts of the humanities and social sciences potentially open to ELAN students.

Universität Heidelberg

Founded in 1386, Heidelberg University is Germany's oldest university and one of the most research-intensive HEIs in Europe. Its success in the Excellence Initiative devised by Germany's federal and state governments, its involvement in a large number of externally funded integrated research ventures and its participation in European research programmes led to a broad expertise in European research and mobility programmes. Heidelberg University has 30,000 students, among them more than 5,000 international students from 130 countries. It operates exchange schemes with 400 universities all over the world, and the participation in European networks such as the Coimbra Group and the League of European Research Universities (LERU) give evidence of the highly outward-looking nature of Heidelberg university's educational policies.

Heidelberg University as a comprehensive University has a long tradition of international cooperation. Hence, there is a good infrastructure with regard to tutoring international students, including preparatory German language programmes, housing, counselling and extra-curricular activities aiming at a good integration and intercultural experience. The interdisciplinary approach in this project matches the general policy at Heidelberg University.

ELAN modules

  • The History of Style (1st / 2nd / 3rd year)
  • The Making of Art: Materials and Techniques (1st / 2nd year)
  • Public History (1st / 2nd/ 3rd year)
  • History of Ideas (1st / 2nd/ 3rd year)

Plus other units, from 1st to 3rd year and M-level, in all subjects in the Faculty of Philosophy, from a list still being drawn up in consultation with departments (in some cases students will need to have necessary prerequisites)

Subjects of courses within the modules will differ from term to term (cf. current course catalogue). ELAN students can attend every course offered by the Philosophical Faculty.

Courses will mainly be taught in German, though some courses may be offered in English. Exams can be written either in English or in German. A list of courses offered in English can be found here.

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven 

Please contact the ELAN coordinator for further information.

Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris

École normale supérieure (ENS), founded in 1794, is a daughter of the Enlightenment and of Diderot and d’Alembert’s Encyclopedia.

ENS is an elite higher education institution (graduate school) for advanced undergraduate, graduate and Doctorate studies as well as a prestigious French research center. It encompasses fifteen teaching and research departments, spanning the main humanities, sciences and disciplines. Unique among grandes écoles in France for its training in humanities and sciences, ENS prepares its students for their role as future leaders in every imaginable professional field: research, media, public service and private industry.


Admissions, Academic Programs and Students

École normale supérieure has a highly competitive recruitment process.

In addition to a master and doctoral degree, students are awarded the ENS Diploma, which attests to the excellence of the intellectual and scientific training received at ENS.Campus life is a distinctive feature of École normale supérieure. Students not only study there, but also live in campus residences, primarily located in the heart of the historic and vibrant Quartier Latin with easy access to the ENS libraries, restaurants, and leisure facilities.


An unparalleled French Research Center

The ENS is both a grande école, due to its selective recruitment process, and a research university. As a central actor in the training of French elites for more than two centuries, it has nourished the majority of the great intellectual movements of the 20th century and has considerably widened the scope of French scientific influence. The impressive achievements made possible through the provided education, distinguish the École normale supérieure from all other French establishments of higher learning. Former students include all eight French winners of the Fields Medal, thirteen Nobel Prize winners and half of the recipients the CNRS Gold Medal.

Through a harmonious coexistence between science and arts stongly ENS students are encouraged to imagine their individual cursus as an interdisciplinary one. They are given the opportunity to go further into their own field but also to explore the boundaries. Such an interdisciplinarity is consistent with contemporary research since a good education in History, Literature and Philosophy is necessary for a good research in Humanities.

The success of ENS alumni results from the quality of this research-based training, which includes individual tutorials and personalized attention for the full four years of study. This “training-byresearch” model is the hallmark of École normale supérieure. It is the best preparation for innovation and creativity.


Modules and pathes

E.N.S. does not offer a Liberal Arts pre-assembled cursus but the interdisciplinary spirit of the departments and the collaboration between professors allow students to build an original and individual Liberal Arts cursus.

The following topics concern more than one single department and often cover more

periods, since Antiquity to our time:

  • Cognitive Neurosciences
  • Knowledge Anthropology
  • Man, Animal, Machine
  • Urban Settlement and Environment
  • Inside and outside the Society
  • Geography, Literature and Arts
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Science, Arts and Vanguards
  • From national to transnational Points of view
  • History of the present Time, History of the Memory
  • History of Books
  • Cinema and History
  • Cultural Transferts
  • History and Theories of Arts
  • Arts and Politivs
  • Literature as a genetic Process
  • Poetry and Cosmology
  • Music and Poetry
  • Time, Space and Representation
  • Philosophy and Culture
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Theory of Literature
  • Tragedy
  • Methodology of scientific sources (epigraphy, archaeology)
  • Methodology of scientific communication
  • Use of statistics


Other study opportunities for ELAN students e.g. Summer Schools & research projects

Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences

In the humanities, academic programs and research are structured among 7 departments and 12 research centers. Approximately 250 doctoral students work in these departments and laboratories.

The intellectual influence of their research, disseminated through seminars, workshops, colloquia, collective publications, exchanges and international programs, are considerable. Both the humanities and social sciences departments have conducted and continue to organize prestigious seminars and historic colloquia.


Centers of Research

Ancient Studies: Literature, Archeology, Philosophy, History

Archaeology and Science of texts :

  • Archaeology of Orient
  • Archaeology of Occident: Celtic world, Etruscan and Italic civilizations and provincial aspects of the Roman world;
  • Ancient Decor and Constructions: mosaics, murals, building/construction archaeology;
  • Science of ancient texts: ancient theater; Indo-European languages; Greek philosophy and its extension into the Arab world.


Philosophy, Literature and Science: New Synergies

  • Husserl archives
  • Institut Jean-Nicod (in association with EHESS)
  • Centre Léon-Robin
  • Institute of the History and Philosophy of Sciences and Technology (in association with University Paris 1)
  • Literature and languages: ITEM, groupe Fabula, Équipe Celan.
  • République des savoirs (ENS/CNRS/Collège de France)


History of the Medieval, Modern and Contemporary Worlds

In collaboration with the Institute for Modern and Contemporary History (IHMC), the Research Workshop on Intermediality (connections between the arts), the stage arts (ARIAS) and the history of education service:

  • The Mediterranean borders from Antiquity to the 19th century: Italy, Iberian Peninsula, Greece,
  • Turkey, Syria, Egypt;
  • The State at the end of the Middle Ages: man, power, institutions and finance;
  • 20th Century Russia and Central and Eastern Europe;
  • Medieval, Modern and Contemporary Economic History;
  • Sociability and Politicization during the Modern and Contemporary Eras (Social, Political and Cultural History of the 19th and 20th Centuries);
  • Relationships between the Sciences and the Arts;
  • Book History and Print Culture;
  • Representations of the body.


Sciences of Contemporary Societies: Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Law, Geography

  • Social Ethnography and Political Sociology;
  • New research in macroeconomics: Analyses of International Financial Crises and Analysis of the Employment Rate;
  • Comparative Law and Legal History (with the École Nationale des Chartes);
  • Interactions between Environmental Changes and Territorial Dynamics


At the moment ENS does not offer internship opportunities, but this could happen within a short time through the partnership between ENS and research Institutes or research hubs.

Complete information can be found at this link: https://www.ens.fr/normalien

Univerzita Karlova V Praze

Please contact the ELAN coordinator for further information.


Universidad de Salamanca

Salamanca University was founded in 1218 and it is really close, therefore, to its 800th anniversary. It is the oldest university in Spain, and the fourth oldest European university in continuous operation (only behind Bologna, Oxford and Cambridge). Technically, in fact, our institution is the first University in the world, since it was the first to ever receive the denomination of “Universitas” (through a bull of 1254 by Pope Alexander IV).


The University of Salamanca has been a comprehensive institution by vocation since the very beginning, one of the most important areas of activity having always been the Humanities. The University of Salamanca is particularly strong in the domain of languages and cultures. A few months ago it has again been recognized in an important National Ranking (El Mundo) as Number 1 in the country in the teaching of Modern Languages. The University of Salamanca is in 30th position according to Google Scholar inside the Web Ranking of World Universities.


ELAN modules

  1. Filología (Philology), offering 11 very interlinked multidisciplinary undergraduate degrees and as many as 23 different languages:
    1. Estudios Ingleses
    2. Estudios Franceses
    3. Estudios Alemanes
    4. Estudios Italianos
    5. Estudios Portugueses y Brasileños
    6. Estudios Hebreos y Arameos
    7. Estudios Árabes e Islámicos
    8. Estudios de Asia Oriental
    9. Lenguas, Culturas y Literaturas Románicas
    10. Filología Hispánica
    11. Filología Clásica
  2. Geografía e Historia (Geography and History), offering 5 undergraduate degrees:
    1. Geografía
    2. Historia
    3. Historia del Arte
    4. Historia y Ciencias de la Música
    5. Humanidades
  3. Filosofía (Philosophy), offering just the undergraduate degree in Philosophy


All three Faculties offer several postgraduate degrees. In order to participate in modules at this level special permission from the programme is required. ELAN students are invited to choose any module from the regular undergraduate offerings of these three Faculties (about 1300 modules in total), most of them taught in Spanish. Courses from other Faculties in the University could easily also be available. The policy of the University is in general terms very flexible in this, with the idea of facilitating the experience of incoming exchange students.


However there are a few modules specially recommended for ELAN students, such as (modules are taught in Spanish unless indicated otherwise):


Faculty of Philology:

  • Literaturas y culturas francófonas. 103117. Taught in French.
  • Literatura francesa y cine. 103137. Taught in French.
  • Estudios Culturales de Gran Bretaña. 102510. Taught in English.
  • Estudios Culturales de EEUU. 102511. Taught in English.
  • Globalización y diáspora en las literaturas en lengua inglesa. 102852. Taught in English.
  • Lengua española para la comunicación. 103242.
  • El español de América en su contexto social. 103229.
  • Sociolingüística. 103241.
  • El lenguaje y las lenguas. 103466.
  • Modelos literarios de la Edad Media. 103471.
  • Modelos literarios del Renacimiento. 103472.
  • Modelos literarios de la Ilustración. 103473.
  • Modelos literarios del Romanticismo. 103494.
  • Modelos literarios de las Vanguardias. 103496.
  • Modelos literarios del Postmodernismo. 103495.
  • Literatura Comparada. 102720.

Faculty of Geography and History:

  • Historia Moderna I. 107703 (6 ECTS).
  • Historia Comparada de los Sistemas Coloniales. 107725 (6 ECTS).
  • Los Nacionalismos en la España Contemporánea. 107748 (6 ECTS).

Faculty of Philosophy:

  • Historia de la Filosofía Española e Iberoamericana
  • Estética 1
  • Ética 1
  • Filosofía del Lenguaje
  • Teoría del Conocimiento
  • Antropología


Università degli Studi di Siena

The University of Siena, founded 1240, the second oldest Italian University, has a rich history, a great tradition of teaching and learning , while being fully engaged in research and innovation.  During its eight centuries of existence, the University of Siena has produced knowledge in all areas of study, and is among Italy’s leading universities with results of the highest quality in terms of innovation for research, education and services. 

Ranked 1st in CENSIS (Italian Research Institute) national universities ranking in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, the University of Siena is a member of 15 international networks and offers 32 Bachelor Degrees, 28 Masters Degrees, 12 PhD Programmes and a number of post-graduate and specialization courses. 1 Bachelor Degree and  9 Master Degrees are taught in English. 12 Double Degree Programmes are available.

Despite being a medium-sized University, each year the University of Siena hosts over  550 International exchange students and over 400 international students in Summer Programmes. In 2014 it was awarded the Excellent International Student Satisfaction Prize by Study Portals as a recognition of high quality students’ services such as a Buddy service for International Exchange students. Students are welcomed with a series of meetings to acclimatize them to Italian culture at the beginning of each semester. They focus on basic information on the University and provide practical information on living in the city of Siena.

More information on the welcoming of exchange students:



ELAN students are invited to choose any module from the regular undergraduate offerings of these four Departments:

Department of History and cultural heritage:


Department of Philology and literary criticism:


Department of Social, political and cognitive sciences:


Department of Education, human sciences and intercultural communication.



All of the subjects are taught in Italian except those of the Master Degree course Language and Mind. Linguistics and Cognitive Studies (in English).


University College Utrecht

Please contact the ELAN coordinator for further information.

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