European Liberal Arts Network
The European Liberal Arts Network (ELAN) unites the humanities faculties and departments of universities from eleven European countries. The network aims at promoting the international and interdisciplinary exchange of students and scholars in the humanities concerning research, teaching, and mobility. Combining the research and teaching resources of distinguished European universities in this manner is a way of strengthening the position of the European humanities at large.
The University of Graz considers participation in this network to open up an attractive array of exchange possibilities to students of the humanities from Graz as well as offering the option of pursuing their studies in an interdisciplinary and interinstitutional environment. By taking part in the ELAN program, students can collaborate with highly qualified researchers from a large number of European universities and gather study experience abroad. They may also develop an individual study project, which can contribute to an interdisciplinary and interinstitutional Bachelor, Master or Doctoral thesis and acquire the ELAN certificate as proof of a successful participation in a programme offered by a network consisting of renowned European universities.
Beyond the student mobility aspect of the network, it also aims at a deeper collaboration of the participating higher education institutions. Regular network meetings, guest lectureships and guest presentations as well as a scholar exchange programme focus on a closer connection between the universities comprising the network.
ELAN members currently include the Università degli Studi di Siena as coordinating member, the University of Bristol, the Universidade de Coimbra, the Trinity College Dublin, the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the École Normale Supérieure Paris, the Charles University Prague, the Universidad de Salamanca, and the University of Turku and University College Utrecht. The network aims at including further select partner institutions from within the European Union as well as from outside.