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Introduction EDIC+




Education plays a central role in preparing youngsters 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 of the University of Barcelona, 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 (i.degroot@uvh.nl).


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) (2022)

Teachers’ Moral Competence in Pedagogical Encounters


Tallinn University (Estonia) (2022)

Educational Policy and Citizenship Education


Bath Spa University (UK)

Due to Covid and Brexit issues this course will not be offered in 2021 

Social and Educational Inclusion in Schools and their Communities


University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht (The Netherlands) (September - October 2021)

Theory and Practice of Citizenship Education: Teaching Democracy and Tolerance


University of Barcelona (Spain) 

At the moment the MA program and EDIC course are canceled due to a lack of registered students

Ethical Competences for Democratic Citizenship at School and in Families


Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic) 

Due to Covid, the 2021 course has been cancelled

Theater of the Oppressed and Educational Activities in Civil Society


Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) (Spring 2022)

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 of the partner university to check whether or not 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 in a given period
  • Contact the international office at io@uvh.nl The office will help you to make arrangements (apply for Erasmus+ student grant and write the 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: https://brill.com/view/title/55956?lang=en