Here is the database of liberal arts programmes in Europe as well as organisations and associations promoting liberal arts 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

Organisations and associations promoting liberal arts (3.b)
Organisations and associations promoting liberal arts in Europe and beyond. For more details, check

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 UniversityAustriaVienna1981 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
Vesalius CollegeBelgiumBrussels1987 Universiteit Brussels / University of Indianapolis (USA) / Boston University?1.b
KU Leuven Campus Kulak KortrijkBelgiumKortrijk2011 Leuven (Belgium)3.a
American University in BulgariaBulgariaBlagoevgrad1991
New Bulgarian University (NBU)BulgariaSofia1991 (6 universities)1.b
University of CyprusCyprusNicosia1989 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 RepublicPrague1994 as Institute for Fundamental Learning, granted faculty status in 2000; ELAN Member
Tallinn University; Liberal Arts in Humanities & Liberal Arts in the Social SciencesEstoniaTallinn2012
EnglishPublicTallinn University2.bcurrently two separate programs, stemming from Estonian Humanities Institute (1988) and later Katherine's College (2008-2015)
Chavagnes StudiumFranceChavagnes-en-Paillers2015, 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 ParisFranceParis1962
Bard College BerlinGermanyBerlin1999 College (USA)1.aprevious: European College of Liberal Arts
Jacobs UniversityGermanyBremen2001
University College FreiburgGermanyFreiburg2012 of Freiburg (Germany)2.bmodelled after / close cooperation: University College Maastricht (Netherlands); 4 year
Zeppelin UniversityGermanyFriedrichshafen2003
Bucerius Law SchoolGermanyHamburg2000
Studium Individuale, Leuphana University of LüneburgGermanyLüneburg2012 / EnglishPublic2.bIt's a proper Liberal Arts degree, but they call it "Studium Individuale"
Leuphana University of LüneburgGermanyLüneburg1946 / EnglishPublic3.afounded as a "Pädagogische Hochschule" (1946), became University in 1989, Fusion with "Fachhochschule Nordostniedersachsen" (2005), renamed to "Leuphana" in 2006
Witten/Herdecke UniversityGermanyWitten1982
American College of Greece, DEREE ProgramGreeceAthens1923
University of Indianapolis AthensGreeceAthens1989 of Indianapolis (USA)1.b
American College of Thessaloniki (ACT)GreeceThessaloniki1886 College (Greece)1.b
McDaniel College BudapestHungaryBudapest1994 College (USA)1.b
American University of RomeItalyRome1969
John Cabot UniversityItalyRome1972
Vytautas Magnus UniversityLithuaniaKaunus1989
LCC International UniversityLithuaniaKlaipeda1991 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 UniversityLithuaniaVilnius1992, 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)
MaltaMsida2014 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 IrelandBelfast2000 University Belfast (UK)2.aoriginally 1985 but strongly revamped in 2000
MISH UJPolandCracow2000 University, Cracow3.a
University of Silesia; College of Interdisciplinary Individual StudiesPolandKatowice1997 of Silesia3.acurrently, the result of 2014 merge of MISH and MISMaP; Indywidualne Studia Międzyobszarowe (ISM)
MISH-S UŁPolandLodz2008 of Lodz3.a
MISHuS KULPolandLublin2000,110.htmlPolishPublicJohn Paul II Catholic University of Lublin3.a
MISH UOPolandOpole2011 of Opole3.a
MISHiS UAMPolandPoznan2002 Mickiewicz University, Poznan3.a
MISH-S UMKPolandTorun1997 Copernicus University in Toruń3.a
Collegium Artes Liberales (CLAS)PolandWarsaw2008 of Warsaw (Poland)2.a
Collegium of Inter-Faculty/Interdisciplinary Individual Studies in the Humanities (MISHPolandWarsaw1993 of Warsaw3.aMiędzywydziałowe Indywidualne Studia Humanistyczne / Międzyobszarowe Indywidualne Studia Humanistyczne
MISH UWrPolandWroclaw2004 of Wroclaw3.a
University of Lisbon, Course of General StudiesPortugalLisbon2011 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 CollegeRussiaMoscow2012 Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration3.aoriginally a program, from 2014 a college
Center for Interdisciplinary Individual Education in Humanities (MIGO)RussiaRostov2006 Federal University Rostov on Don3.a
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State UnivesityRussiaSt. Petersburg1999 Petersburg State University (Russia) and Bard College (USA)2.aaka Smolny College
Bratislava International School of Liberal ArtsSlovakiaBratislava2006 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 CurriculumSpainMadrid2015 of the Institute is much longer
University of Gothenburg; Liberal Arts ProgrammeSwedenGoteborg2011[PT: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa2.b
Uppsala University Liberal Arts Programmet (formerly University College Gotland)SwedenVisby1998 University (SE)2.bELAN Member
Franklin University SwitzerlandSwitzerlandSorengo1969 accreditation; before 2013 Franklin College Switzerland
Amsterdam University CollegeThe NetherlandsAmsterdam2009 of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
VU University Amsterdam (Netherlands)
University College GroningenThe NetherlandsGroningen2014 of Groningen (Netherlands)2.a
University College Maastricht (UCM)The NetherlandsMaastricht2002 University (Netherlands)2.a
University College Roosevelt (UCR)The NetherlandsMiddelburg2004 University (Netherlands)2.aformerly Roosevelt Academy
Erasmus University CollegeThe NetherlandsRotterdam2013 University Rotterdam (Netherlands)2.a
Leiden University College The Hague (LUC)The NetherlandsThe Hague2010 University (Netherlands)2.a
University College TilburgThe NetherlandsTilburg2008 University (Netherlands)2.aformerly Tilburg University Liberal Arts and Science Bachelor Program, since 2016 UCT; accredited in 2007 started 2008
University College Twente The NetherlandsTwente2013 Twente (Netherlands)2.aformerly ATLAS programme
University College Utrecht (UCU)The NetherlandsUtrecht1998 University (Netherlands)2.a
Utrecht University; Liberal Arts and SciencesThe NetherlandsUtrecht2004 University (Netherlands)2.bELAN Member
University College VenloThe NetherlandsVenlo2014 University (Netherlands)2.athey focus on issues related to Food, Nutrition & Health in an interdisciplinary manner
Aberystwyth University; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKAberystwyth2017
Bath Spa University; Liberal Arts Programme - College of Liberal Arts and SciencesUKBath2017; currently pending final approval
University of Birmingham; Liberal Arts & Sciences ProgrammeUKBirmingham2013 of Birmingham2.b
University of Bristol; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKBristol2015
University of the West of England; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKBristol2017 offer Liberal Arts BA without (3 year) or with (4 year) Foundation Year
University of Kent; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKCanterbury2014 years - with 3rd as a year abroad or internship
University of Derby; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKDerby2016
University of Dundee; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKDundee2017 about to start in 2017
Durham University; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKDurham2016 originally a Department of the Arts before splitting and forming the Liberal Arts Department
University of Essex; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKEssex2012 in Humanities startet in 1998 and was renamed in 2012 to LAS
University of Exeter; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKExeter2013 of Exeter2.bMLibArts - optional fourth year for a masters'
Keele University; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKKeele2017 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 ProgrammeUKLeeds2016
Regent's American College London (RACL)UKLondon1994's College (UK) Webster University (USA)1.b
King's College London, Liberal Arts ProgramUKLondon2012's College London (UK)2.b
University College London; Arts and Sciences BASc ProgrammeUKLondon2012 College London2.b3 years, 4 with study abroad
Regent's University London; Liberal StudiesUKLondon2015
SOAS University of London; Global Liberal ArtsUKLondon2016
Royal Holloway; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKLondon2015
Benedictus Liberal Arts Trust, United KingdomUKLondon2010 offering summer schools
New College of the HumanitiesUKLondon2011 of London (UK)3.a"Liberal arts-inspired undergraduate degrees"
Richmond, The American International University in LondonUKRichmond & London1972 accreditation with the OU. US accreditation with The Middle States Commission1.b
University of Warwick; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKWarwick2016
University of Winchester; Modern Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKWinchester2010 of Winchester, UK2.b
University of Winchester - Institute for Value StudiesUKWinchester2015 of Winchester3.aelective modules
AAL - Artes Liberales AcademyPoland2000 PolishPublic3.bMore info:
ACA - Academic Cooperation AssociationBelgiumBrussels2014 info:
East-Central European School in the Humanities (MSH)PolandWarsaw1996 of Warsaw3.bMore info:
ECOLAS - European Colleges of Liberal Arts and SciencesSlovakiaBratislava2007 info:
ELAN - European Liberal Arts NetworkGermanyHeidelberg2013 info:
GALA - Global Academy of Liberal ArtsUKBath Spa2014 EnglishPublic3.bMore info:
GLAA - Global Liberal Arts AllianceUSAAnn Abor info:
UCDN - University Colleges Deans of the NetherlandsThe Netherlands2014 EnglishPublic3.bMore info:
UCSRN - University College Student Representatives of the NetherlandsThe NetherlandsUtrecht2015 EnglishPublic3.bMore info:

* 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.