CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences unites eight leading European higher education institutions in the social sciences, humanities, business management and public policy, with a total of 50,000 students and 10,000 faculty members.

Together, we build on an ever-stronger combination of teaching, research and innovation to mobilise and share knowledge as a public good and to facilitate civic responsibility in Europe and beyond.

CIVICA embodies the European idea in its purest form: "United in diversity." To this end, the student and faculty communities connected via the CIVICA alliance are at the heart of our identity and ethos. Together, we aim to build the European campus of the future: grounded in excellent learning and teaching, offering seamless mobility, promoting an interdisciplinary approach, and bridging education and research across all regions of Europe. 

CIVICA was selected in 2019 by the European Commission as one of the pilot European Universities, funded under the Erasmus+ programme.

Focus areas

As members of the CIVICA alliance, we strive to find solutions to complex societal challenges through a series of integrated activities at all levels (BA, MA and PhD) focused on four key topics: 

  • Societies in Transition and Crises of Earth
  • Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century
  • Europe Revisited
  • Data Driven Technologies for the Social Sciences 

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis, we recognise the role that only the social sciences can play in understanding the current and future impacts of the pandemic. We are fully committed to transmitting our knowledge into the public realm and to engaging for the common good of Europe and the world.

The European Universities Initiative

The European Universities are transnational alliances that will become the universities of the future, promoting European values and identity, and revolutionising the quality and competitiveness of European higher education. Mainly funded under the Erasmus+ programme, the European Universities Initiative is one of the flagship activities introduced by the European Union in its ambition to build a European Education Area. 

Following a first call for proposals, in June 2019 the European Commission selected 17 European Universities involving 114 higher education institutions from 24 member states. A second call in 2020 selected another 24 European University allliances consisting of 165 higher education institutions from 26 member states.

Watch a student interview about CIVICA following the launch of the European Universities Initiative: