For best experience please turn on javascript and use a modern browser!
You are using a browser that is no longer supported by Microsoft. Please upgrade your browser. The site may not present itself correctly if you continue browsing.

Building Bridges for Local-Global Challenges

Many complex problems on a global scale have local implications - and vice versa. How can we solve one of these local-global challenges?

In 2015, all United Nation members came up with a blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals at its heart. These goals are an urgent call for action by all countries in a global partnership, especially because many complex problems on a global scale have local implications - and vice versa.  

In this course, you will work in a team with students from European partner universities to solve one of these local-global challenges.

The course consists of a three-month virtual learning journey in which you will be educated in intercultural competencies and entrepreneurial skills. In addition, all UvA students will participate in group meetings on campus. Optionally, you can meet your European fellow students in a Summer School at one of the partner universities. 


P.A. Vromans MSc


You can find the timetable on Datanose
This course consists of online modules and on-campus seminars. However, if the regulations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are intensified, we may be forced to organise our education online. Before and during the course, you will be informed about the latest regulations.

Entry requirements

Open to second-year and third-year UvA Bachelor's students and Master's students, as well as students from other Dutch higher education institutions ('bijvak' students).

The maximum number of students that can participate in this course is 30. 


Registration is open from 5 December 2022. For students registration proceeds through the GLASS registration rounds. Master’s students can send a short motivation to ‘Bijvak’ students can register by completing the online registration form.


Prices can be found on the IIS website.

More information

SDGs in education

The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in our elective courses, honours modules and degree programmes and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDGs website.

Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term
Credits 6 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission Open
Starts in March