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 mainly offer YUFE opportunities online for now, through our very own YUFE Virtual Campus › , still allowing you to study abroad virtually. Nonetheless, in the academic year 2021-2022 we have successfully enabled all YUFE Student Journey students to  physically study at another YUFE university for a whole semester.

Once enrolled, 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 the registration for the next round of enrolment in the YUFE Student Journey in spring 2022.

The YUFE Student Journey offers you the opportunity to create your own learning path and broaden your European horizon.

Flexibility, diversity, inclusivity and self-directed learning paths are the fundamental values of the YUFE Open Programme. That is why the selection of courses and activities is extensive, offered in English or in the language of the local partner and the methods of delivery vary between physical, virtual or blended.

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.

Feel free to browse the YUFE catalogue on the YUFE Virtual Campus ›  and find out what YUFE can offer within the YUFE Student Journey.

YUFE offers:

  • Academic courses in English

  • Academic courses in the language of our partners (Spanish, Croatian, German, Dutch, Italian, Finnish, French, Polish and Greek)

  • Language courses / Language tandems / Languages cafes

  • Civic engagement activities (YUFE Help Desk / YUFE@Home Initiative / YUFE Community Volunteering Programme)

  • Professional training activities (YUFE Challenge Teams / The YUFE Entrepreneurial Initiative including MOOCs, Talk Shows, Hackatons)

  • YUFE Star System (Mobility Star / Language Star / Civic Star / Professional Star)

  • YUFE Academy Lectures

  • YUFE Induction Courses


YUFE Student Journey

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; 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.

Application Steps

First you will have to create an account for the YUFE Virtual Campus ›  With this account you can apply for the student journey and sign up for single YUFE activities.

You can apply for the YUFE Student Journey on the YUFE Virtual Campus, as soon as the call is launched in spring 2022. You will be asked to upload your details, your motivation letter and your signed co-creation agreement there.

Since this year’s YUFE Student Journey is still a pilot programme, we can only allow 45 students from each YUFE university to apply. The application period for the YUFE Student Journey will be open for a couple of weeks only. When the application period is over, a selection committee will select the final 30 students per university based on their eligibility and motivation. Students selected onto the YUFE Student Journey will have two years to meet the requirements for the YUFE Diploma Supplement or create their own learning path.


Since the YUFE Student Journey is still a pilot activity, we can open up only for a relatively small number of students. A maximum of 300 students will be able to join in fall 2021. Students part of this group will co-create and help build our European University; the Young Universities for the Future of Europe.

Students from University of Essex and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
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 to their students in order to be eligible to apply for the YUFE Student Journey.

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

Motivation letter
Before applying you need to write a motivation letter and sign the YUFE Co-creation Agreement (by which we share YUFE’s goals and visions with you and ask you to work with us in further optimising our European University.) The Co-creation Agreement will be provided to you as soon as the call is launched.

Please keep in mind that the YUFE Selection Committee will use only your motivation letter for their selection. In order to provide some guidance regarding the letter of motivation, the YUFE Student Journey 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.

Please deal with the questions below in your motivation letter by integrating maximum 150 words per prompt to formulate a response.
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?


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 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 Mobility Star Factsheet › 

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 Language Star Factsheet › 

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 Professional Star Factsheet › 

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.

YUFE Civic Star Factsheet › 


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 the call for applications for the YUFE Student Journey in spring 2022.

Students selected onto the YUFE Student Journey will have two years to meet the requirements for the YUFE Diploma Supplement or create their own learning path.

We hope to see you soon!