Study across Europe at one of the first European Universities


Imagine that you could create your own curriculum, choosing from academic courses offered at any of the YUFE universities. You could study in ten different countries, live in Spain for a while, learn Italian in Rome, do some volunteer work in the Netherlands, complete an inspiring internship at Cyprus, or find your first challenging job-shadowing position in Finland. The information for organising your own individual learning experience will be at your fingertips and all activities and accomplishments will be acknowledged on your YUFE Diploma Supplement and, in the future, on a true European Diploma recognised throughout Europe.

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Online introduction option

Create your own curriculum at universities all over Europe.

As a YUFE student you enter a diverse, European environment that strives towards shaping the future of Europe. Unlike a regular exchange, you have the opportunity to combine your academic endeavours with language courses, professional training and civic engagement. You will truly be a part of society, no matter where in Europe you are. With YUFE, you do not only have the opportunity to engage with the expertise of one or two universities, but of ten leading, research-driven institutions.

Accessible mobility

Move between levels and programmes, study online, blended and offline, full-time and part-time.

YUFE strives to be a truly European University but has to, like all big things, start small. For the upcoming year YUFE offers academic courses and activities you can choose to participate in besides your university’s degree programme. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we will only offer YUFE online for now, through our very own YUFE Virtual Campus, still allowing you to study abroad virtually. Moreover, you get your own personal development plan that will help you attain your personal and professional goals during your YUFE journey.


YUFE Introduction Offer

YUFE Introduction Offer

In Summer 2020, YUFE opened its virtual doors for registration for the YUFE Introduction Offer. As the name already reveals, the YUFE Introduction Offer was a teaser of what YUFE can offer to students. Through the YUFE Introduction Offer, a limited number of students could take a maximum of two online YUFE Academic Courses and one online YUFE Activity. This sneak peek into the YUFE Student Journey could be a stand-alone activity or represent a stepping-stone into the more complete YUFE Diploma Supplement Track, which will be launched at the beginning of November 2020.

For more information have a look at the FAQ


YUFE Diploma Supplement Track

YUFE will open registration for the first version of the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track on 30 November 2020.

The YUFE Diploma Supplement Track offers you the opportunity to obtain a minimum of 12 credits (ECTS) for academic courses at another YUFE university (via virtual, blended, and/or physical mobility), participate in the YUFE Academy and the induction courses, and take up activities leading up to the YUFE Stars all within a maximum period of 2 years.

Feel free to browse the YUFE catalogue on the YUFE Virtual Campus explore here
and find out what YUFE can offer within the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track in the area of: academic courses, language training, civic engagement activities, professional training activities, YUFE Academy Lectures and YUFE Induction courses.

At YUFE we find it important to not only acknowledge your academic performance but also acknowledge your effort in mobility, language learning, professional training, job shadowing, and community volunteering. This is why we have created YUFE Stars , an innovative recognition system for activities with specific and personalised learning goals that not only relate to academic education in a European University setting. The YUFE Star System consists of 4 Stars: the Mobility Star, the Language Star, the Professional Star and the Civic Star. They encourage students, staff and learners to pursue personal and professional development, while experiencing the possibility to contribute as individuals to society to activities with a Europe-wide impact.

Students in the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track earn a YUFE Diploma Supplement, on which YUFE Stars are also recognised, after fulfilling the below requirements:
• Complete a minimum of 12 ECTS for (online/physical/blended) academic courses at another university in the YUFE Alliance than the university you are currently enrolled at; and
• Complete a minimum of 2 YUFE Stars (including at least the Mobility Star); and
• Participate in a minimum of 3 lectures from the YUFE Academy and share a personal reflection on the content of the lecture(s) with YUFE; and
• Take part in all YUFE’s Induction courses on the YUFE Virtual Campus.

Interested? Please check if you meet the application requirements.

Disclaimer: Please note that the ECTS earned via YUFE will not automatically be part of the curriculum of the programme you are enrolled in at your university. Please check with your Programme Director if they can accept (certain) YUFE courses as an intra curricular part of your programme. If you do not know who to get in touch with, please contact the YUFE Admission Officer from the university you are currently registered with.

We encourage you to read YUFE’s FAQ before applying, because this provides you with a lot of background information about the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track and the application and selection procedure.

Application Requirements:

Eligible applicants need to be registered as a student in one of the universities in the YUFE Alliance, at least as a 2nd year bachelor student; and need to have at least a B2 proficiency level in English. In addition to that, undergraduate students from the University of Essex need to have a minimum year mark of 50 in the first year of the course and students from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid need to have a minimum grade average of 6/10 in the previous academic year.

Undergraduate students registered at the University of Essex need to have a minimum average Year 1 mark of 50% to be eligible to apply. This is in line with the policy at the University of Essex for their students who want to study abroad via other exchange programmes. There is no minimum mark for postgraduate students from the University of Essex.

At UC3M, competitive admission processes are based on equality, merit and ability. Particularly those competitive processes addressed to students, apply as admission/selection merit criteria the student average grade. In line with this policy UC3M will ask a minimum average grade of 6/10 in the previous academic year to their students in order to be eligible to apply for the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track.

Application Steps:

You can apply for the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track on the YUFE Virtual Campus from 30 November 2020, 09:00 CET. Please upload your details, your motivation letter and your signed co-creation agreement there.

The application period for the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track will be open for 1 (one) week only, or shorter in case 40 students from your university have applied. Applications can be uploaded through the newly launched YUFE Virtual Campus. Since this year’s YUFE Diploma Supplement Track is still a pilot programme, we can only allow 40 students from each YUFE university to apply. Students part of this first group will co-create and help build our European University; the Young Universities for the Future of Europe.

When the one week application period is over, a selection committee will select the final 10 students per university based on their eligibility and motivation. Students selected onto the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track will have two years to meet the requirements for the Diploma Supplement or more.

Application Steps:

Before applying you need to write a motivation letter and sign the co-creation agreement (we share YUFE’s goals and visions with you and ask you to work with us in further optimizing our European University.)  Please keep in mind that the YUFE selection committee will use your motivation letter for their selection.

In order to provide some guidance regarding the letter of motivation, the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track Selection Committee has generated a few prompts or topics that it would like to see you discuss in your letter. These topics or prompts represent matters that the selection committee sees as important aspects of being successful as a YUFE student. Even though academic excellence is something we value highly it is certainly not the only thing we are looking for in students wishing to participate in YUFE. You are encouraged to use examples or experience from your own life when you deem them relevant to making a point to us. Also, feel free to use information from the YUFE website that you think is relevant but do not tell us things we already know.

You can choose to deal with the questions below in two ways. (1) You can use approximately 150 words per prompt to formulate a response or (2) you can write us a standard letter but then use no more than 500 words.

1. What makes participation in YUFE important to you personally and what will you bring to YUFE?
2. In which way do you think that the YUFE programme will alter your study experience? Give some specific examples of changes that you expect to happen.
3. What are your plans after graduating from your university and how can YUFE be instrumental in letting these plans come to fruition?


The YUFE Open Programmes will make Europe-wide higher education a reality for students from all backgrounds. Personalised academic curricula will be the backbone of an equitable, diverse and effective education system that recognises and optimally fosters individual talents. The YUFE Alliance will provide students with unique opportunities to be trained in an inclusive research- and work-based learning ecosystem leading to interdisciplinary and intersectoral knowledge and skills that will allow them to contribute to addressing current and future challenges in four YUFE Focus Areas:

  • European identity and responsibilities in a global world
  • Citizens well-being
  • Digital societies
  • Sustainability

These correspond with some of today’s greatest global challenges, and those likely to face our societies in the future, in Europe and elsewhere. By bringing together research, education, industry and citizens, we will work towards solutions that benefit every European citizen and region. YUFE Open Programmes will be open to local and international students at all levels of study.

YUFE students will also have access to YUFE-wide extracurricular activities paired to an innovative recognition system based on YUFE Stars. YUFE Stars will be awarded for mobility (physical or virtual), language learning, professional training and job-shadowing, and community volunteering. The YUFE Star System is an accessible and rewarding setting to fully pursue personal and professional development while experiencing the possibility to contribute as individuals to society and to have Europe-wide impact. These YUFE Stars will be featured on the YUFE Diploma Supplement.


How can I register/join YUFE?

YUFE will open registrations for the 2-year YUFE Diploma Supplement Track that will offer you the opportunity to work towards the YUFE Diploma Supplement, on 30 November 2020, through the YUFE Virtual Campus.

Once the application process is open, all you have to do is click the pink “Apply Now” button in the header and be a student enrolled at a YUFE university, have a good level of English and be a 2nd year bachelor student or higher. Please see more information on the YUFE Diploma Supplement here on the website. We hope to see you soon!