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Introduction EDIC+

Education plays a central role in preparing young people for a democratic society, for active participation and greater social justice and tolerance in all domains of society. Given this important task for education, it is necessary to train a new generation of educational professionals that can contribute to this development.

The University of Humanistic Studies participates in an Erasmus + Strategic Partnership on education and intercultural citizenship for Master- and PhD-students from all over Europe. The programme is called ‘Education for Democratic Intercultural Citizenship Education’ (EDIC+), and contains seven modules on moral, democratic and intercultural education. The Partnership received an Erasmus + grant to organize intensive courses on moral, democratic and intercultural education in 2013 and 2014. With the subsequent Erasmus+ grant (2016-2019), the EDIC programme was developed.

EDIC+ is a collaboration between, Bath-Spa University, the University of Helsinki, Charles University Prague, the University of Tallinn, Aristotle University Thessaloniki and the University of Humanistic Studies Utrecht. The programme is coordinated by dr. Isolde de Groot from the University of Humanistic Studies (

The main focus of this international educational programme is to establish a platform for young educators and researchers from different parts of Europe to work and learn together, to have international experiences, to create opportunities to publish and to contribute to each other’s projects for educational change.

Edic + modules at participating universities

Each university has developed its own module, in the area of its own expertise on moral and citizenship education. The following EDIC+ modules are offered and available for Master and PhD students in one of the participating universities, specialising in education:

University of Helsinki (Finland) 26 February - 17 March 2024

Teachers’ Moral Competence in Pedagogical Encounters

Tallinn University (Estonia) September - November 2023

Educational Policy and Citizenship Education

Bath Spa University (UK) no courses in 2023 - 2024 

Social and Educational Inclusion in Schools and their Communities

University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht (The Netherlands) September - November 2023

Theory and Practice of Citizenship Education: Teaching Democracy and Tolerance

University of Barcelona (Spain) no courses in 2023 - 2024

Ethical Competences for Democratic Citizenship at School and in Families

Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic) 12 - 17 June 2023

Theater of the Oppressed and Educational Activities in Civil Society

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) February/early March until June 2024

Multicultural/Intercultural Education

How do I apply

If you are a MA or PhD student from one of the partner universities, you can contact the coordinator of the module at hand for more details on how to apply. If you are enrolled at another university, you can also apply when your university has an Erasmus + agreement with the university of your choice.

For UHS students: if you consider attending an EDIC module abroad, please:

  • Contact the coordinating teacher at the partner university to check whether the module will run as scheduled
  • Check the webpage of the aspired host university to see if you find enough courses that they want you to attend during the semester of your choice
  • Contact the international office at The office will help you to make arrangements (apply for Erasmus+ student grant and write the application for the host university). 

More information about the modules can also be found in Veugelers, W. (2019). Education for democratic intercultural citizenship. Leiden; Boston: Brill Sense. Available at: