Here is the database of liberal arts programmes in Europe. In its current form, the database contains basic institutional data of existing programmes as well as a typology of their organisational forms. The database builds upon existing partial lists, operates on a broad definition of liberal arts*, and can be considered the first comprehensive catalogue of liberal arts initiatives in the European higher education landscape. To find out about how we proceeded in compiling the database, take a look at our database methodology blog entry.

Private independent liberal arts institutions (1.a)
Independent small size European college / university; normally awarding a degree in liberal arts; private

Private American institutions (1.b)
Institution operating according to American ideas and organisational models, even if not a branch; located in major cities throughout the continent; private

Public University Colleges (2.a)
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)

Public liberal arts programmes (2.b)
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)

Liberal arts inspired curricular innovations (3.a)
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

You can simply search the database for programmes, countries, citieset cetera using the search field on the top right corner of the database below. You can also sort the whole database by the column you are interested in.

Name of the programmeCountryCityYear establishedWebsiteLanguage of instructionOwnership statusHosting / affiliated institutionType CodeComments
Webster Vienna Private UniversityAustriaVienna1981http://webster.ac.at/EnglishPrivateWebster University (St. Louis, USA)1.bthe only American liberal arts university in Austria that is accredited both in the USA (HLC) as well as in Austria (AQ), accreditations available here http://webster.ac.at/accreditations
Vesalius CollegeBelgiumBrussels1987http://www.vesalius.edu/EnglishPrivateVrije Universiteit Brussels / University of Indianapolis (USA) / Boston University?1.b
KU Leuven Campus Kulak KortrijkBelgiumKortrijk2011http://www.kuleuven-kulak.be/DutchPublicKU Leuven (Belgium)3.a
American University in BulgariaBulgariaBlagoevgrad1991https://www.aubg.edu/EnglishPrivate1.b
New Bulgarian University (NBU)BulgariaSofia1991http://www.nbu.bg/BulgarianPrivateMultiple (6 universities)1.b
University of CyprusCyprusNicosia1989http://www.ucy.ac.cy/en/GreekPublic3.auniversity modelled after US model, with 4-year bachelor studies, with major/concentration (ca 50% of the curriculum) and required courses in the broad field of knowledge, as well as a possibility of minor
Charles University, Faculty of Humanities, Liberal Arts and Humanities
Czech RepublicPrague1994https://fhs.cuni.cz/FHSENG-524.htmlCzechPublic2.aestablished as Institute for Fundamental Learning, granted faculty status in 2000; ELAN Member
Tallinn University; Liberal Arts in Humanities & Liberal Arts in the Social SciencesEstoniaTallinn2012http://www.tlu.ee/en/School-of-Humanities/Liberal-Arts-in-Humanities

http://www.tlu.ee/en/School-of-Governance-Law-and-Society/Liberal-Arts-in-Social-Sciences
EnglishPublicTallinn University2.bcurrently two separate programs, stemming from Estonian Humanities Institute (1988) and later Katherine's College (2008-2015)
Chavagnes StudiumFranceChavagnes-en-Paillers2015http://chavagnes.org/studium/EnglishPrivateICES, Institut Catholique d’Etudes Supérieures Catholic University of the Vendée.1.a2 year intensive course (instead of US 4) and on the site of a former studium; check the year; English Lycee from 2002
American University of ParisFranceParis1962https://www.aup.edu/EnglishPrivate1.b
Bard College BerlinGermanyBerlin1999http://www.berlin.bard.edu/EnglishPrivateBard College (USA)1.aprevious: European College of Liberal Arts
Jacobs UniversityGermanyBremen2001https://www.jacobs-university.de/EnglishPrivate3.a
University College FreiburgGermanyFreiburg2012http://www.ucf.uni-freiburg.de/liberal-arts-and-sciences/liberal-arts-and-sciencesEnglishPublicUniversity of Freiburg (Germany)2.bmodelled after / close cooperation: University College Maastricht (Netherlands); 4 year
Zeppelin UniversityGermanyFriedrichshafen2003https://www.zu.de/GermanPrivate3.a
Bucerius Law SchoolGermanyHamburg2000http://www.law-school.de/deutsch/GermanPrivate3.a
Studium Individuale, Leuphana University of LüneburgGermanyLüneburg2012http://www.leuphana.de/en/college/bachelor/individual-studies.htmlGerman / EnglishPublic2.bIt's a proper Liberal Arts degree, but they call it "Studium Individuale"
Leuphana University of LüneburgGermanyLüneburg1946http://www.leuphana.de/enGerman / EnglishPublic3.afounded as a "Pädagogische Hochschule" (1946), became University in 1989, Fusion with "Fachhochschule Nordostniedersachsen" (2005), renamed to "Leuphana" in 2006
Witten/Herdecke UniversityGermanyWitten1982https://www.uni-wh.de/en/uwh-international/university/GermanPrivate3.a
American College of Greece, DEREE ProgramGreeceAthens1923http://www.acg.edu/EnglishPrivate1.b
University of Indianapolis AthensGreeceAthens1989http://international.uindy.edu/AthensCampus.phpEnglishPrivateUniversity of Indianapolis (USA)1.b
American College of Thessaloniki (ACT)GreeceThessaloniki1886http://www.act.edu/EnglishPrivateAnatolia College (Greece)1.b
McDaniel College BudapestHungaryBudapest1994http://mcdaniel.hu/EnglishPrivateMcDaniel College (USA)1.b
American University of RomeItalyRome1969https://www.aur.edu/EnglishPrivate1.b
John Cabot UniversityItalyRome1972http://www.johncabot.edu/EnglishPrivate1.b
Vytautas Magnus UniversityLithuaniaKaunus1989http://www.vdu.lt/en/LithuanianPublic3.a
LCC International UniversityLithuaniaKlaipeda1991http://www.lcc.lt/EnglishPrivateEstablished in 1991 by a joint venture of Lithuanian, Canadian and American foundations3.aliberal arts university, with 51/180 ECTS in 9 core disciplines for each bachelor
European Humanities UniversityLithuaniaVilnius1992http://www.ehu.lt/en/Belarusian, Russian, EnglishPrivate3.auntil 2004 in Minsk, from 2006 reestablished abroad; only recently more directly connected to LE
University of Malta; Programme in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (PLAS)
MaltaMsida2014http://www.um.edu.mt/clas/ourprogrammeEnglishPublicUniversity of Malta2.aprogramme allows students to use accumulated Units to achieve certificate, diploma, higher diploma or bachelor; targets adult learners; fully flexible "at your own pace" modularised curriculum
St. Mary's University College BelfastNorthern IrelandBelfast2000http://www.stmarys-belfast.ac.uk/academic/liberalarts/default.aspEnglishPublicQueens University Belfast (UK)2.aoriginally 1985 but strongly revamped in 2000
MISH UJPolandCracow2000http://www.mish.uj.edu.plPolishPublicJagiellonian University, Cracow3.a
University of Silesia; College of Interdisciplinary Individual StudiesPolandKatowice1997http://ism.us.edu.plPolishPublicUniversity of Silesia3.acurrently, the result of 2014 merge of MISH and MISMaP; Indywidualne Studia Międzyobszarowe (ISM)
MISH-S UŁPolandLodz2008http://www.mish.uni.lodz.pl/PolishPublicUniversity of Lodz3.a
MISHuS KULPolandLublin2000http://www.kul.pl/kolegium-miedzyobszarowych-indywidualnych-studiow-humanistyczno-spolecznych,110.htmlPolishPublicJohn Paul II Catholic University of Lublin3.a
MISH UOPolandOpole2011https://rekrutacja.uni.opole.pl/pomoc.php?op=inc&file=mishusPolishPublicUniversity of Opole3.a
MISHiS UAMPolandPoznan2002http://mishis.amu.edu.pl/PolishPublicAdam Mickiewicz University, Poznan3.a
MISH-S UMKPolandTorun1997http://mish.umk.pl/PolishPublicNicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń3.a
Collegium Artes Liberales (CLAS)PolandWarsaw2008http://www.clas.al.uw.edu.pl/en/summaryPolishPublicUniversity of Warsaw (Poland)2.a
Collegium of Inter-Faculty/Interdisciplinary Individual Studies in the Humanities (MISHPolandWarsaw1993http://mish.uw.edu.pl/PolishPublicUniversity of Warsaw3.aMiędzywydziałowe Indywidualne Studia Humanistyczne / Międzyobszarowe Indywidualne Studia Humanistyczne
MISH UWrPolandWroclaw2004http://uni.wroc.pl/wydzia%C5%82y/kolegium-mishisPolishPublicUniversity of Wroclaw3.a
University of Lisbon, Course of General StudiesPortugalLisbon2011http://www.letras.ulisboa.pt/pt/cursos/licenciaturas-1-ciclo/estudos-geraisPortuguesePublicSchool of Arts and Humanities - University of Lisbon2.bEstudos Gerais; affiliated faculties: Faculty of Fine Arts​, Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Psychology, Institute of Social and Political Sciences and ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management​, all of the University of Lisbo
RaNePa Liberal Arts CollegeRussiaMoscow2012http://ion.ranepa.ru/en/about/faculties/715/Liberal-Arts/RussianPublicRussian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration3.aoriginally a program, from 2014 a college
Center for Interdisciplinary Individual Education in Humanities (MIGO)RussiaRostov2006http://migo.sfedu.ru/RussianPublicSouthern Federal University Rostov on Don3.a
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State UnivesityRussiaSt. Petersburg1999http://artesliberales.spbu.ru/about-enRussianPublicSt. Petersburg State University (Russia) and Bard College (USA)2.aaka Smolny College
Bratislava International School of Liberal ArtsSlovakiaBratislava2006http://www.bisla.sk/english/SlovakPrivateBratislava Institute of Humanism (Slovakia)1.aprevious: Bratislavská medzinárodná škola liberálnych štúdií; preceded by Society for higher learning (since 1996?); in the process of transitioning to full-English
University of Navarra - Core CurriculumSpainMadrid2015http://www.unav.edu/web/core-curriculum/itinerario-interfacultativoSpanishPublic3.ahistory of the Institute is much longer
University of Gothenburg; Liberal Arts ProgrammeSwedenGoteborg2011http://flov.gu.se/utbildning/grundniva/liberal-artsSwedishPublic[PT: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa2.b
Uppsala University Liberal Arts Programmet (formerly University College Gotland)SwedenVisby1998http://www.uu.se/en/admissions/master/selma/program/?pKod=HLA1KSwedishPublicUppsala University (SE)2.bELAN Member
Franklin University SwitzerlandSwitzerlandSorengo1969https://www.fus.edu/EnglishPrivate1.bdual accreditation; before 2013 Franklin College Switzerland
Amsterdam University CollegeThe NetherlandsAmsterdam2009http://www.auc.nl/EnglishPublicUniversity of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
VU University Amsterdam (Netherlands)
2.a
University College GroningenThe NetherlandsGroningen2014http://www.rug.nl/ucg/EnglishPublicUniversity of Groningen (Netherlands)2.a
University College Maastricht (UCM)The NetherlandsMaastricht2002https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/education/bachelor/bachelor-university-college-maastrichtEnglishPublicMaastricht University (Netherlands)2.a
University College Roosevelt (UCR)The NetherlandsMiddelburg2004http://www.ucr.nl/Pages/default.aspxEnglishPublicUtrecht University (Netherlands)2.aformerly Roosevelt Academy
Erasmus University CollegeThe NetherlandsRotterdam2013https://www.eur.nl/euc/EnglishPublicErasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)2.a
Leiden University College The Hague (LUC)The NetherlandsThe Hague2010http://www.lucthehague.nl/EnglishPublicLeiden University (Netherlands)2.a
University College TilburgThe NetherlandsTilburg2008https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/education/bachelors-programs/liberal-arts-and-sciences/EnglishPublicTilburg University (Netherlands)2.aformerly Tilburg University Liberal Arts and Science Bachelor Program, since 2016 UCT; accredited in 2007 started 2008
University College Twente The NetherlandsTwente2013https://www.utwente.nl/en/university-college-twente/EnglishPublicUniversity Twente (Netherlands)2.aformerly ATLAS programme
University College Utrecht (UCU)The NetherlandsUtrecht1998https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/university-college-utrechtEnglishPublicUtrecht University (Netherlands)2.a
Utrecht University; Liberal Arts and SciencesThe NetherlandsUtrecht2004https://www.uu.nl/bachelors/liberal-arts-and-sciencesDutchPublicUtrecht University (Netherlands)2.bELAN Member
University College VenloThe NetherlandsVenlo2014https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/education/bachelor/bachelor-university-college-venloEnglishPublicMaastricht University (Netherlands)2.athey focus on issues related to Food, Nutrition & Health in an interdisciplinary manner
Aberystwyth University; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKAberystwyth2017https://courses.aber.ac.uk/undergraduate/liberal-arts-degree/EnglishPublic2.b
Bath Spa University; Liberal Arts Programme - College of Liberal Arts and SciencesUKBath2017https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-liberal-arts/EnglishPublic2.bMA; currently pending final approval
University of Birmingham; Liberal Arts & Sciences ProgrammeUKBirmingham2013http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/liberal-arts-and-sciences/index.aspxEnglishPublicUniversity of Birmingham2.b
University of Bristol; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKBristol2015http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/2018/liberal-arts/ba-liberal-arts/EnglishPublic2.b
University of the West of England; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKBristol2017http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/L90A/liberal-artsEnglishPublic2.bThey offer Liberal Arts BA without (3 year) or with (4 year) Foundation Year
University of Kent; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKCanterbury2014https://www.kent.ac.uk/sac/studying/programmes/ug/ba_liberal_arts.htmlEnglishPublic2.b4 years - with 3rd as a year abroad or internship
University of Derby; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKDerby2016https://www.derby.ac.uk/media-and-cultural-studies-courses/liberal-arts-ba-hons/EnglishPublic2.b
University of Dundee; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKDundee2017https://www.dundee.ac.uk/study/ug/liberal-arts/EnglishPublic2.bonly about to start in 2017
Durham University; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKDurham2016https://www.dur.ac.uk/liberal.arts/EnglishPublic2.bwas originally a Department of the Arts before splitting and forming the Liberal Arts Department
University of Essex; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKEssex2012http://www.essex.ac.uk/cish/liberalarts/default.aspxEnglishPublic2.bBA in Humanities startet in 1998 and was renamed in 2012 to LAS
University of Exeter; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKExeter2013http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/liberalarts/EnglishPublicUniversity of Exeter2.bMLibArts - optional fourth year for a masters'
Keele University; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKKeele2017https://www.keele.ac.uk/ilas/contactus/EnglishPublic2.b3 years, 4 with study abroad; MLibArts - optional fourth year for a masters'; run by Keele’s Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences
University of Leeds; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKLeeds2016https://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/125236/liberal_artsEnglishPublic2.b
Regent's American College London (RACL)UKLondon1994http://www.regents.ac.uk/EnglishPrivateRegent's College (UK) Webster University (USA)1.b
King's College London, Liberal Arts ProgramUKLondon2012https://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/liberal/index.aspxEnglishPublicKing's College London (UK)2.b
University College London; Arts and Sciences BASc ProgrammeUKLondon2012https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bascEnglishPublicUniversity College London2.b3 years, 4 with study abroad
Regent's University London; Liberal StudiesUKLondon2015http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/undergraduate-study/programmes?keyword=liberal+arts&level=Undergraduate&subject=All+subjectsEnglishPublic2.b
SOAS University of London; Global Liberal ArtsUKLondon2016https://www.soas.ac.uk/history/programmes/ba-global-liberal-arts/EnglishPublic2.b
Royal Holloway; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKLondon2015https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/liberalarts/home.aspxEnglishPublic2.b
Benedictus Liberal Arts Trust, United KingdomUKLondon2010http://benedictus.org.uk/EnglishPrivate3.aOnly offering summer schools
New College of the HumanitiesUKLondon2011https://www.nchlondon.ac.uk/EnglishPrivateUniversity of London (UK)3.a"Liberal arts-inspired undergraduate degrees"
Richmond, The American International University in LondonUKRichmond & London1972http://www.richmond.ac.uk/EnglishPrivate1.b
University of Warwick; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKWarwick2016http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/schoolforcross-facultystudies/liberalartsEnglishPublic2.b
University of Winchester; Modern Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKWinchester2010http://www.winchester.ac.uk/pages/home.aspxEnglishPublicUniversity of Winchester, UK2.b
University of Winchester - Institute for Value StudiesUKWinchester2015http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Value%20Studies/Pages/Value%20Studies.aspxEnglishPublicUniversity of Winchester3.aelective modules

* For now, we are using “Liberal Arts” and “Liberal Arts and Sciences” synonymously. Unless stated otherwise, “Liberal Arts” in our project always refers to an undergraduate degree, respectively a programme of study (B.A./ B.Sc.). We use “Liberal Education” when we talk about the overall approach to learning and the educational philosophy behind Liberal Arts programmes.