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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Join the YUFE Community

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 yet, like all big things, started small. In the current academic year, YUFE offers existing academic courses and activities in addition to the students’ university’s degree programme. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we only offer YUFE opportunities online for now, through our very own YUFE Virtual Campus, still allowing you to study abroad virtually, but from the next academic year we are also planning to offer physical mobility. Moreover, you get your own personal development plan that will help you attain your personal and professional goals during your YUFE journey.

You can find more information about practical aspects of Erasmus mobility within YUFE here ›


YUFE Introduction Offer

How it started

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 was able to take a maximum of two online YUFE Academic Courses and one online YUFE Activity. This sneak peek into the YUFE Student Journey was either a stand-alone activity or a stepping-stone into the more complete YUFE Student Journey, which was launched at the beginning of November 2020.


YUFE Student Journey

YUFE will open registration for the next round of enrolment in the YUFE Student Journey programme in the Fall of 2021.

The YUFE Student Journey offers you the opportunity to obtain 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 Student Journey in the area of: academic courses, language courses, civic engagement activities, professional training activities, YUFE Academy Lectures and YUFE Induction Courses.

Students in the YUFE Student Journey have an opportunity to earn a YUFE Diploma Supplement, on which YUFE Stars are also recognised, after fulfilling the  requirements which will be published together with the next call for applications.


YUFE Star System

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 go beyond academic education in a European University setting.

The YUFE Star System consists of 4 Stars:

  1. the Mobility Star;
  2. the Language Star;
  3. the Professional Star; and
  4. the Civic Star.

They encourage all kind of learners to pursue personal and professional development while experiencing the possibility to contribute as individuals to society through activities with a Europe-wide impact.

The YUFE Star System is an innovative system that rewards YUFE learners for taking up extra-curricular YUFE activities and for reflecting on their learning goals by means of Personal Development Plans. At this moment the YUFE Star System is only opened to students only but the groups of learners will be enlarged in the near future.


YUFE Mobility Star

The YUFE Mobility Star is awarded to learners who engage in physical or virtual mobility through academic courses or extracurricular activities. The main goal of the YUFE Mobility Star is to encourage learners to gain international experience as part of their education and to seek interaction with different cultures and mindsets. The YUFE Mobility Star also has different levels, which depend on how many international courses/activities a learner does – a higher number of such experiences will be reached in a higher level of the YUFE Mobility Star.

YUFE Language Star

The YUFE Language Star is designed as a reward for the efforts you make in acquiring, improving and perfecting your language skills and competencies through a combination of activities. The YUFE Language Star programme is a threefold model and consists of formal learning, combined with practice and real-life experience of multilingualism, completed by a short personal reflection.

Your YUFE Language Star activities are assessed in various ways: formative evaluation by a lecturer or teacher, peer coaching and self-assessment. For each activity, the type of assessment will be indicated in the Personal Development Plan, completed by the learner and/or the YUFE assessor will complete the data. Along the way, the learner will be asked to reflect on their language and cultural learning journey: their expectations and goals, their progress and actions, and their insights. In the end, this Personal Development Plan will give an overview of the progress the learner made in the different activities leading to the YUFE Language Star.

YUFE Professional Star

The YUFE Professional Star recognises and rewards personal and professional development activities undertaken by learners within YUFE. Activities will focus on developing an entrepreneurial and creative mindset that allows YUFE learners to identify opportunities to improve existing solutions or develop new alternatives to implementing positive changes and will have a strong problem-based orientation.

TLearners will have the opportunity to work in an inclusive learning ecosystem, fostering international and inter-cultural collaboration within the YUFE Alliance, and fostering collaboration among research, education, industry and citizens.

The focus on the Professional Star is on Entrepreneurship and Innovation competencies, related to the ability to always look further into proposed solutions that benefit every European citizen and region. The YUFE Professional Star is based on the European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (EntreComp) which is organised into three pillars:

  • Ideas and opportunities: creativity and vision, spotting opportunities, valuing ideas, ethical and sustainable thinking.
  • Resources: self-awareness, motivation, financial and economic literacy and mobilising resources and others.
  • Ability to get into action: taking the initiative, planning and managing, copying with risk, working with others and learning through experience.

YUFE Professional Star Activities include:

  • YUFE Challenge Teams
    Intensive teamwork process to solve real social, scientific and technological challenges by providing a novel and innovative solution with a collaborative, multidisciplinary and multicultural approach.
  • The YUFE Entrepreneurial Initiatives
    This programme aims provide online training and support to YUFE students, staff as well as to citizens in activities in order to boost their entrepreneurial skills and abilities. The online training tasks included:

    • MOOCs (massive online open courses in Entrepreneurship and Innovation)
    • Talk Shows
    • Hackathons

The achievement of the YUFE Professional Star will be assessed as “pass” or “no pass” based on the self-reflection report and the verification of worked hours by the YUFE learners. More information ›

YUFE Civic Star

The YUFE Civic Star will be awarded for active citizenship related actions, in which universities and cities work together to develop solutions to local challenges, many of which are also of European and global relevance. Gaining the YUFE Civic Star means that citizenship and personal competencies have been developed as well as having contributed to society.

Learners can take part in YUFE actions in society by choosing to participate either in the YUFE Help Desks, YUFE Community Volunteering Programme or YUFE@Home Initiative. It is not possible to mix the activities in order to gain the YUFE Civic Star. Through these activities and specific tasks, learners will become active members of society and co-build strong university-citizen communities. By doing so, the learner contribute towards solving European challenges and co-create a more cohesive society for current and future generations living in Europe and beyond.

The work towards the YUFE Civic Star consists of training, the activity itself and self-reflection. Achievement of the YUFE Civic Star will be assessed as “pass” or “no pass” based on the self-reflection report and the verification of worked hours by the YUFE assessor.

The Personal Development Plan will give an overview of the progress made in the journey leading to the YUFE Civic Star.


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 for/join YUFE?

YUFE will open a call for applications for the 2-year YUFE Student Journey that will offer you the opportunity to work towards the YUFE Diploma Supplement, in the Fall of 2021, through the YUFE Virtual Campus.

Once the application process is open, you will be informed about all the practical details and application requirements. We hope to see you soon!