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, cities et 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. If you use the database for your work, please cite us: Hoff, Tim & Kontowski, Daniel 2017. European Liberal Arts Initiative (ELAI) Database. EUROPEAN LIBERAL ARTS INITIATIVE. [Accessed 20XX-XX-XX]

Name of the programmeCountryCityYear establishedWebsiteLanguage of instructionOwnership statusHosting / affiliated institutionType CodeVideos
Chavagnes StudiumFranceChavagnes-en-Paillers2018, Institut Catholique d’Etudes Supérieures Catholic University of the Vendée; John Paul II Catholic University Lublin1.a Lycee from 2002; one-year program from 2015; from 2018 2 year intensive Bachelor (instead of US 4) with a semester in Lublin
Bard College BerlinGermanyBerlin1999 College (USA)1.a European College of Liberal Arts
Bratislava International School of Liberal ArtsSlovakiaBratislava2006 Institute of Humanism (Slovakia)1.a independent liberal arts college focusing on political theory and international relations. The program is in English and accredited in Slovakia. It is connected with Bratislava Institute of Humanism that offers lectures, workshops related to politics, history and liberal arts. BISLA publishes a book review journal Kritika & Kontext (1996, and is co-founder of ECOLAS -- a network of liberal arts colleges in Europe (2008).
Webster Vienna Private UniversityAustriaVienna1981 University (St. Louis, USA)1.b 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
American University in BulgariaBulgariaBlagoevgrad1991
New Bulgarian University (NBU)BulgariaSofia1991 (6 universities)1.b
American University of ParisFranceParis1962
American College of Thessaloniki (ACT)GreeceThessaloniki1886 College (Greece)1.b
American College of Greece, DEREE ProgramGreeceAthens1923
University of Indianapolis AthensGreeceAthens1989 of Indianapolis (USA)1.b
McDaniel College BudapestHungaryBudapest1994 College (USA)1.b
American University of RomeItalyRome1969
John Cabot UniversityItalyRome1972
Franklin University SwitzerlandSwitzerlandSorengo1969 accreditation; before 2013 Franklin College Switzerland
Richmond, The American International University in LondonUKRichmond & London1972 accreditation with the OU. US accreditation with The Middle States Commission1.b
Charles University, Faculty of Humanities, Liberal Arts and Humanities
Czech RepublicPrague1994 as Institute for Fundamental Learning, granted faculty status in 2000; ELAN Member
University of Malta; Programme in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (PLAS)
MaltaMsida2014 of Malta2.a 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's University Belfast (UK)2.a 1985 but strongly revamped in 2000
Collegium Artes Liberales (CLAS)PolandWarsaw2008 of Warsaw (Poland)2.a
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State UnivesityRussiaSt. Petersburg1999 Petersburg State University (Russia) and Bard College (USA)2.a Smolny College
University College Utrecht (UCU)The NetherlandsUtrecht1998 University (Netherlands)2.a
University College Maastricht (UCM)The NetherlandsMaastricht2002 University (Netherlands)2.a
University College Roosevelt (UCR)The NetherlandsMiddelburg2004 University (Netherlands)2.a Roosevelt Academy
University College TilburgThe NetherlandsTilburg2008 University (Netherlands)2.a Tilburg University Liberal Arts and Science Bachelor Program, since 2016 UCT; accredited in 2007 started 2008
Amsterdam University CollegeThe NetherlandsAmsterdam2009 of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
VU University Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Leiden University College The Hague (LUC)The NetherlandsThe Hague2010 University (Netherlands)2.a
Erasmus University CollegeThe NetherlandsRotterdam2013 University Rotterdam (Netherlands)2.a
University College Twente The NetherlandsTwente2013 Twente (Netherlands)2.a ATLAS programme
University College GroningenThe NetherlandsGroningen2014 of Groningen (Netherlands)2.a
University College VenloThe NetherlandsVenlo2014 University (Netherlands)2.a focus on issues related to Food, Nutrition & Health in an interdisciplinary manner
University of Tyumen, School of Advanced StudiesRussiaTyumen2017 of Tyumen2.a 'greenfield' institution with international faculty, offering a selective, 4-year BA degree with a comprehensive core curriculum and 7 majors covering all three branches of knowledge
International Theological Institute (ITI); Liberal Arts ProgrammeAustriaTrumau2018 Bachelors in Liberal Arts program pursues wisdom and virtue for the sake of obtaining a profound formation of the whole human person: intellectual, social-political, and spiritual. This three-year program is rooted in the ancient Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian liberal art traditions wherein we study mathematics, natural science, music, literature, classical languages, history, law and government, philosophy, and Catholic theology. Our Liberal Arts education equips our students with the vital abilities to think clearly and responsibly, and is, like the family, a school for life where our humanity blossoms and where life vocations are found and fostered.
Tallinn University; Liberal Arts in HumanitiesEstoniaTallinn2012 University2.b organisational continution of Estonian Humanities Institute (1988-2008?) and later Katherine's College (2008-2015)
Tallinn University; Liberal Arts in Social SciencesEstoniaTallinn2012 University2.bnew organisational continution of Estonian Humanities Institute (1988-2008?) and later Katherine's College (2008-2015)
University of Aix-Marseille: Science and Humanities Bachelor's DegreeFranceMarseille2012 of Aix-Marseille2.bA three-year, cross-disciplinary course teaching students complex thinking through five comprehensive courses see
University College FreiburgGermanyFreiburg2012 of Freiburg (Germany)2.b4 year; Double Degree program with University College Maastricht
Studium Individuale, Leuphana University of LüneburgGermanyLüneburg2012 / EnglishPublic2.b's a proper Liberal Arts degree, but they call it "Studium Individuale"
Queen's University Belfast; MLibArts Liberal ArtsNorthern IrelandBelfast2018
University of Lisbon, Course of General StudiesPortugalLisbon2011 of Arts and Humanities - University of Lisbon; [PT: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa2.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
Uppsala University Liberal Arts Programmet (formerly University College Gotland)SwedenVisby1998 University (SE)2.b Member
University of Gothenburg; Liberal Arts ProgrammeSwedenGoteborg2011 of Gothenburg2.b
Utrecht University; Liberal Arts and SciencesThe NetherlandsUtrecht2004 University (Netherlands)2.b Member
University of Winchester; Modern Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKWinchester2010 of Winchester, UK2.b offers one-year MA based on independent study and close tutor supervision
King's College London, Liberal Arts ProgramUKLondon2012's College London (UK)2.b
University College London; Arts and Sciences BASc ProgrammeUKLondon2012 College London2.b years, 4 with study abroad
University of Essex; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKEssex2012 in Humanities startet in 1998 and was renamed in 2012 to LAS
University of Birmingham; Liberal Arts & Sciences ProgrammeUKBirmingham2013 of Birmingham2.b
University of Exeter; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKExeter2013 of Exeter2.b - optional fourth year for a masters'
University of Kent; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKCanterbury2014 years - with 3rd as a year abroad or internship
University of Bristol; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKBristol2015
University of Leeds; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKLeeds2016
Regent's University London; Liberal StudiesUKLondon2015
SOAS University of London; Global Liberal ArtsUKLondon2016
Royal Holloway; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKLondon2015
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 Derby; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKDerby2016
University of Warwick; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKWarwick2016
Aberystwyth University; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKAberystwyth2017
University of Dundee; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKDundee2017
University of Central Lancashire; Liberal Arts Programme UKPreston2018
University of Nottingham; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKNottingham2018 offers 4-year foundational entry and 4-year study abroad version of the same course
University of Wales Trinity Saint David; Liberal ArtsUKLampeter2018
Durham University; Liberal Arts ProgrammeUKDurham2016 ‘Combined Honours in Arts’
International Theological Institute (ITI): Studium GeneraleAustriaTrumau2010 was established in 1996. The Program of Studies at ITI focuses on the eastern as well as the western theological traditions. In addition to scripture, students read the original writings of the great masters, including St. Irenaeus, St. Anselm, St. Thomas Aquinas and Newman, to name only a few. Their "Studium Generale" is a year of Catholic liberal arts formation.
European College of Liberal Arts in Belarus BelarusMinsk2014, RussianPrivate3.a one-year program with a Certificate, plus a series of events throughout the year
KU Leuven Campus Kulak KortrijkBelgiumKortrijk2011 Leuven (Belgium)3.a
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
University of Bordeaux Montaigne: Licence Culture humaniste et scientifiqueFranceBordeaux2011 of Bordeaux3.a
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
Bucerius Law SchoolGermanyHamburg2000
Jacobs UniversityGermanyBremen2001
Zeppelin UniversityGermanyFriedrichshafen2003
Vytautas Magnus UniversityLithuaniaKaunus1989
LCC International UniversityLithuaniaKlaipeda1991 in 1991 by a joint venture of Lithuanian, Canadian and American foundations3.a arts university, with 51/180 ECTS in 9 core disciplines for each bachelor
European Humanities UniversityLithuaniaVilnius1992, Russian, EnglishPrivate3.a 2004 in Minsk, from 2006 reestablished abroad; only recently more directly connected to LE
Collegium of Inter-Faculty/Interdisciplinary Individual Studies in the Humanities (MISHPolandWarsaw1993 of Warsaw3.aMiędzywydziałowe Indywidualne Studia Humanistyczne / Międzyobszarowe Indywidualne Studia Humanistyczne
MISH-S UMKPolandTorun1997 Copernicus University in Toruń3.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 UJPolandCracow2000 University, Cracow3.a
MISHuS KULPolandLublin2000,110.htmlPolishPublicJohn Paul II Catholic University of Lublin3.a,14019.html
MISHiS UAMPolandPoznan2002 Mickiewicz University, Poznan3.a
MISH UWrPolandWroclaw2004 of Wroclaw3.a
MISH-S UŁPolandLodz2008 of Lodz3.a
MISH UOPolandOpole2011 of Opole3.a
Center for Interdisciplinary Individual Education in Humanities (MIGO)RussiaRostov2006 Federal University (SFedU), Rostov on Don3.aMIGO is the Russian acronym: Interdisciplinary Individual Education in the Humanities
RaNePa Liberal Arts CollegeRussiaMoscow2012 Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration3.a a program, from 2014 a college
Higher School of Economics / New Economic School: Economics Double Degree ProgramRussiaMoscow2011, EnglishPublicHigher School of Economics and New Economic School3.a % of elective courses in SS and H in English and in Russian, limited coursework, individual tutor supervision
University of Navarra - Core CurriculumSpainMadrid2015 of the Institute is much longer
Benedictus Liberal Arts Trust, United KingdomUKLondon2010 offering summer schools
New College of the HumanitiesUKLondon2011 of London (UK)3.a"Liberal arts-inspired undergraduate degrees"
University of Winchester - Institute for Value StudiesUKWinchester2015 of Winchester3.a modules
University of Winchester: Contemporary Conversations moduleUKWinchester2018, September, pilot startsfortcomingEnglishPublicUniversity of Winchester3.a
Salzburg Global Seminar, AustriaAustriaSalzburg3.b
ACA - Academic Cooperation AssociationBelgiumBrussels2014 European Policy Seminar: Improving undergraduate education in Europe: liberal arts and science colleges
ELAN - European Liberal Arts NetworkGermanyHeidelberg2013 offer a certificate, internship opportunities and an exchange programme among ELAN members; committed to Humanities
East-Central European School in the Humanities (MSH)PolandWarsaw (multiple)1996, RussianPublicUniversity of Warsaw3.bprimarily a research network, also organising workshops for faculty and students, continuing work to this day (e.g. Academia in Public Discourse 2011-2013) in the post-Soviet space
Artes Liberales AcademyPolandMultiple2000 Polish network promoting establishment of MISH colleges at public universities, later offering individually tutored inter-univeristy study programs at bachelor, master and PhD level (since 2011 only PhD)
ECOLAS - European Colleges of Liberal Arts and SciencesSlovakiaBratislava2007
UCDN - University Colleges Deans of the NetherlandsThe Netherlands2014
UCSRN - University College Student Representatives of the NetherlandsThe NetherlandsUtrecht2015
GALA - Global Academy of Liberal ArtsUKBath Spa2014http://gala.network3.b
GLAA - Global Liberal Arts AllianceUSAAnn Arbor alliance, especially for branch universities (1.B), with some exceptions, e.g. BISLA

* 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.