Are you up for a challenge? Do you want to work on a self-chosen subject that interests you?  Submit your idea for a new course at Utrecht University!

At Utrecht University, students want to make the most of their studies. This does not only mean gaining knowledge, but also developing skills such as (social) entrepreneurship and leadership, and a general all round development of 21st century skills.

There’s also much room for development if we look at the connection between university and society. It is, for example, not clear what students can do with an interest in societal issues, and how degrees link to communities. One aspect of this is awareness of interdisciplinary theme’s and degree-transcending questions. A crucial step toward this goal is involving students in creating their own education. Edu challenge: create your own course is a first step towards this ideal.

How does it work? 

All UU students can, in groups of 2 or 3, submit their ideas for a course the size of 3-4 EC to Edu Challenge: Create your own Course. Good ideas are innovative, achievable, and can count on support. During this process, students get support from education experts and professors. In the actual course, the students’ role is that of the facilitator and co-ordinator; he/she doesn’t take the place of the traditional teacher. The developed courses will take place in period 4, and are open to all students.

During period 3, you’ll be working on developing your own course-idea into a proper course. Think, for example, of a creating a week-by-week content planning, the education style most appropriate to your idea, setting learning goals for students that will take your course, and clarifying what students need to do in order to get a Pass for your course. This will count as a 7.5 EC internship at Utrecht University.

The course you will be developing is student-driven: most of the ideas and energy will come from you. Good coaching, of course, is crucial. During these ten weeks there will be 2-3 meetings with an education expert and 2-3 meetings with a professor in order to discuss the content of the course. On top of these meetings, all students developing a course will regularly meet in order to form a peer group, to give feedback and help each other develop their ideas.

Go to the interest evening on January 11, 17:15 at Bemuurde Weerd Oostzijde 1, Utrecht! Send them your application before February 1, containing your cv, a short motivation and a course plan in one of the following categories: connecting society to academics, multi-disciplinary topics or an academic topic that’s underexposed in the standard curriculum. Visit the website for more information and how to submit your idea!