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Student participation

The EVS is offered once a year from mid October until the end of March. The study load of the EVS is approximately 120 hours (8-10 hours a week).

The requirements for student participation:

  • be interested in sustainable development issues
  • be keen to perform group work
  • be able to read and write (basic) English
  • be able to spend 8-10 hours a week on the course
  • have access to a computer with an internet connection
  • be open to e-learning.


Before enrollment into the EVS there is a strict intake procedure at each partner institution. Students interested in the EVS should contact the coordinator at their institution (see: partners).

Learning objectives

After participating in the EVS, the student should be able to:

  • describe and operationalise the concept of sustainable development
  • analyse sustainable development issues from a European perspective
  • link local, national and European policy-related issues to a societal shift or transition towards sustainable development
  • cooperate with students of different nationalities and from different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds
  • integrate different cultural and disciplinary views on sustainability issues, and to come up as a group with an enriched problem definition and proposal for solving the issue at stake
  • use the computer-conferencing system effectively for collaborative learning.