WELCOME TO THE EUROPEAN LIBERAL ARTS INITIATIVE

The European Liberal Arts Initiative (ELAI) has been launched to improve the standing of liberal arts in Europe. We consider it our task to raise the awareness of existing institutional arrangements in which liberal (arts) education already takes place, as well as to provide a platform for debating what it is and can be in the European context. 

ABOUT

The European Liberal Arts Initiative (ELAI) has been launched to improve the standing of liberal arts in Europe. Find out more about the project and its authors.

THE DATABASE

The database lists the official name, location, year of establishment, URL and much more of each liberal arts (B.A./B.Sc.) programme in Europe.

MAPS & GRAPHS

For better visualisation, here are maps and various infographs for all liberal arts (B.A./B.Sc.) programme in Europe.

Independent small size European college / university; normally awarding a degree in liberal arts; private
Institution operating according to American ideas and organisational models, even if not a branch; located in major cities throughout the continent; private
University College offering B.A./B.Sc. in liberal arts; offered by financially and functionally autonomous units (“colleges”), with public universities accrediting the programme (mostly NL)
B.A./B.Sc. in liberal arts, offered by an established public university, where the liberal arts programme of study is one among other (disciplinary degree) programmes (mostly UK)
Institutions promoting curricular innovations (core curriculum, elective principle, academic skills etc.) directly inspired by liberal arts ideals; offered within ‘regular’ university degree structures or faculties; public or private