Spark – Your knowledge benefits the world

Do you want to discover your own potential, strengthen your network and become more competent in utilising your knowledge and ideas to benefit society?


Course Venue

Reykjavík, Iceland

Content Areas
  • Common values and civic engagement & participation
  • Promoting active citizenship


Social Entrepreneurship

Potential Participants

Educator , Staff/Professional , Youth Learner , Disadvantaged Learner

Course Duration (in days)


Next Available Course
From 01. Feb 2024
To 13. May 2024

Organised by

University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE)




Do you want to discover your own potential, strengthen your network and become more competent in utilising your knowledge and ideas to benefit society? Do you want to work with a diverse group of students seeking creative solutions to the challenges we face today, such as climate change and increased well-being for all. The University of Iceland offers an Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme course for students at Aurora universities. The course is aimed at students in their final year of undergraduate studies or at the masters' level. Participants will gain increased knowledge of today's challenges while working towards joint solutions across disciplines in collaboration with leading supervisors from academia and industry. The students will gain a deeper understanding of their own strengths as well as developing innovative thinking under the guidance of experienced teachers. The course combines online content, virtual sessions that take place over the semester, and a five-day capstone experience on-site at the university of Iceland in May 2024. Please note that this course is for students of Aurora Universities.

European Dimension

The course welcomes students both from Iceland and from throughout Europe.

Tentative Program & Schedule

  • February - May 2024: Virtual sessions
  • 13.-17. of May, 2024: Five-dar On-site Capstone Session

At the end of the on-site session, student teams will present their own solution. The
presentation will be attended by the organizers of Startup Social, an accelerator focused on
social ventures, and successful teams will receive support to prepare an application to the
accelerator. Students will also have the opportunity to submit their solutions to the SEISMIC Awards.
Finally, students will receive a diploma confirming their participation and successful
completion of the program.

Expected Outcome

  • Innovation - Students apply innovative thinking to tackle challenges in close collaboration with their fellow students from other Schools.
  • Career development - Students prepare for the challenges facing them after graduation, get to know people from industry and get training in networking.
  • The Global Goals - The challenges facing students in this course are directly linked to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, which are becoming more and more integrated into the private and public sector.


Students who participate in the event and complete the required groundwork receive a transcript of records confirming the completion of 6 ECTS credits.

About Reykjavík

Reykjavik is the capital and largest city of Iceland. It is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxaflói bay. Its latitude is 64°08' N, making it the world's northernmost capital of a sovereign state. Source: Wikipedia

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How to Apply

Aurora University students can register for the course by creating a login and selecting the course on the application and registration portal. Registration closes on 31 December 2023. However, students are encouraged to apply before 10 December to receive an answer to the application before 22 December.

University of Iceland students can register for the course directly in Ugla if the fulfil the eligibility requirements.

Register here:

Course Website
University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE)
University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE)

University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE)


Forsthausweg 2, 47057 Duisburg

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Name of Co-Organisation

University of Iceland

Short Description of the Organisation

The University of Iceland (Icelandic: Háskóli Íslands [ˈhauːˌskouːlɪ ˈistlan(t)s]) is a public research university in Reykjavík, Iceland, and the country's oldest and largest institution of higher education. Founded in 1911, it has grown steadily from a small civil servants' school to a modern comprehensive university, providing instruction for about 14,000 students in twenty-five faculties.

(source: Wikipedia)

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