CIVIS universities

The alliance is comprised of the following research universities:

Funded by EU

The university alliance is funded by the European Commission‘s initiative 'European Universities' under the Erasmus+ programme.

Purpose of the university alliance

The purpose of CIVIS is to facilitate collaborations across national borders and increase the mobility of students, teachers and other staff. Collaborations within the alliance on education, research and innovation focus on five global challenges:  

  • Health
  • Cities and mobility
  • Climate, environment, energy
  • Digital and technological transformations
  • Society, culture and heritage.

As a European Civic University, the primary objective of the alliance is to promote fundamental European rights such as human dignity, freedom and equality, solidarity, democracy and justice. The alliance aims to contribute to the strengthening of European cohesion, raise awareness and understanding of different cultures and languages as well as promote the attractiveness and competitiveness of European universities.

The alliance in practice

Study programmes and courses within the alliance shall be open to students from other CIVIS universities in addition to which, new mutual study programmes shall be developed. Teachers, researchers and administrative staff shall be given opportunities to collaborate on education, research, third stream activities and administration. Local and regional partnerships shall also be open to other universities within the alliance. The CIVIS universities strive to expand their collaborations with other universities, especially in the Mediterranean and Africa.

Exchange studies and traineeships

For students at Stockholm University, the alliance provides excellent opportunities for studying abroad under the Erasmus+ programme at one of the other CIVIS universities, either by way of traditional exchange studies or virtual distance learning. There will also be opportunities to take part in lectures and other course components at the other CIVIS universities in addition to which, international traineeships with one of the university alliance’s many partners will also be available. There is special funding for this within the frameworks of the CIVIS Alliance and Erasmus+.

Students at the CIVIS universities will also be able to benefit from the ongoing project of creating a European Student Card. Providing access to various types of student services at the other alliance universities, the European Student Card aims to facilitate studies abroad.

All students at Stockholm University can apply for exchange studies at one of the CIVIS alliance universities regardless of subject area, institutional affiliation and whether at first, second or third-cycle level. Students applying for exchange studies under the Erasmus+ programme will be granted a scholarship, subject to all necessary terms and conditions being fulfilled. If you would like to know more about CIVIS international placements and the selection process, please contact Student Services:

For information about what exchange study programmes are available, please contact your department:

Staff exchange

The CIVIS alliance provides funding for the development of partnerships that enable teachers, researchers and administrative staff to visit other alliance universities. This may, for example, involve trips taken for the purpose of developing a joint study programme or research project in connection with the work of the thematic hubs within the alliance. For more information about different collaborations within CIVIS, please contact Fredrik Oldsjö at the Office of the President,

When visiting one of the CIVIS alliance universities, it is also possible to apply for funding of teaching staff mobility (teaching assignments) and staff training (job shadowing). Job shadowing at one of the other CIVIS universities is a good way to initiate systematic exchanges with other institutions within the alliance.

Development of education

There are within the alliance special teaching and learning initiatives for the development of new forms of teaching and joint flexible degree programmes. As a teacher, you can take part in collaborations that will develop your own professional competence and skills. Creating opportunities for students to study and learn at another alliance university or in another language is an important aspect of the development of new teaching and learning initiatives and increased virtual mobility. Contact: Ulf Olsson at the Centre for the Advancement of University Teaching, CeUL (

Development of hubs

Developing thematic hubs on education, research and third stream activities is a key part of the alliance. Thematic hubs are interdisciplinary and focus on five global challenges:

  • Health
  • Cities and mobility
  • Climate, environment, energy
  • Digital and technological transformations
  • Society, cultures and heritage.

Each area allows for the creation of joint education and joint educational pathways with close links to excellent research opportunities at any of the alliance universities. It also enables students and postgraduates to access different study paths where the courses offered by the alliance universities are presented in line with the theme in question. The aim of the thematic hubs is further to promote research collaborations and partnerships with external parties.

Examples of subjects covered by each of the thematic hubs

Digital and Technological Transformation Cities, Territories, Mobilities Health Society, Culture, Heritage Climate, Environment, Energy
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • New Media
  • Technologies & Engineering Processes
  • Music Learning
  • Sciences
  • Digitalisation
  • Smart cities
  • Urbanism
  • Geography
  • Architecture
  • Transports
  • Logistics
  • Migrations
  • Governance
  • Nutrition
  • Ageing
  • Well-being Epidemiology
  • Public Health
  • Medical Studies
  • Neurosciences
  • Sport
  • Food
  • History
  • Literature
  • Sociology
  • Archaeology
  • Arts
  • Migrations
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • European identity
  • Languages
  • Geology
  • Oceanography Epidemiology
  • Public Health
  • Human settlements
  • Climatology
  • Pollution
  • Migrations

Three of these subjects will be selected for the initial three thematic hubs from 2019 to 2021. Stockholm University is responsible for coordinating the work of the hubs within the alliance. Academically responsible are Professors Alasdair Skelton and Kevin Noone. (

Collaboration and innovation

Collaborations within the alliance aim to enhance local and regional interactions of teachers and researchers from different CIVIS universities – partly to strengthen the development of education and research and partly to create better opportunities for exchange students to secure traineeship. 

The alliance will establish so-called ‘Open Labs’, a structured form of collaborations where the university will be able to meet external partners from the city or region such as public authorities, museums, businesses and politicians. Within the framework of the Open Labs, collaborations will take place on important issues for the purpose of implementing different collaborative projects or initiating applications for research funding, for example, from the European structural and investment funds. Furthermore, Open Lab activities will provide students with additional placement opportunities at government agencies, businesses and other organisations. The thematic hubs will also incorporate various other third stream activities. Contact: Fredrik Oldsjö at the Office of the President (


The CIVIS universities offer a wide range of courses taught in English, especially at second and third-cycle levels. At the same time, the universities aim to promote and develop multilingualism and proficiency among the students in another language than their own native language or English. Many of the programmes and courses offered at the CIVIS universities are taught in French, German, Greek, Italian, Romanian, Spanish and Swedish. Consequently, different types of language support and language development activities will be initiated to create better conditions for students who would like to study a course or programme in one of these languages. Contact: Christine Ericsdotter Nordgren, Director of Språkstudion (the Language Studio),

Africa and the Mediterranean region

Several of the CIVIS universities are located in the Mediterranean region and all universities in the alliance collaborate with universities and organisations throughout Africa. Consequently, the geographical areas of the Mediterranean and Africa are being prioritised by the alliance for collaborations on education, research and innovation. The objective is to expand existing collaborations between the European Civic University and the universities of Africa and Mediterranean whilst at the same initiating new collaborations for the purpose of working together on various social challenges. Within CIVIS, existing collaborations will be mapped out and new collaborators identified in terms of the subjects selected for the thematic hubs.


Fredrik Oldsjö, Secretary General of the CIVIS Office at Stockholm University.
E-mail: or Telephone: +46 (0)8 16 27 03 or +46 (0)701800673.

Johanna Diehl, project manager for CIVIS at Stockholm University. E-mail:

Maria Wilenius, Head at the Office of the President and Member of the Steering Committee for CIVIS.
E-mail: Telephone: +46 (0)8 16 23 06.

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