CIVICA European Week

What is the European week and how to take part?



What is the European Week?

The CIVICA European Week is both a stand-alone learning event and a central element of the CIVICA Engage Track, a newly launched bachelor experience open to eligible students at the participating universities (including LSE).

Reasons for you to participate

  • highlight your commitment to civic issues
  • do good together with fellow students from all over Europe
  • have access to some of the best teaching institutions in Europe
  • engage in field work, coaching, guest lectures, group work and experience sharing

Frequently asked questions about the CIVICA European Week 

Can all undergraduates take part and when should I apply?

To be able to attend the European week, you need to have been selected for the CIVICA Engage Track. Although this programme is open to all Undergraduates, we mostly advise first and second year students to apply as this gives you more time to complete all the components.

If you are a third year student that happens to already have taken an Engage Course, then you would be eligible to apply but your second component would HAVE to be European Week, rather than studying abroad for a year. You will also be required to submit your showcase assignment after European Week and before you graduate which means doing it over the Summer.

What if I can't do all the components of the engage track?

There is a limited number of places available on the engage track and we therefore expect applicants and selected students to have checked that they are eligible and free to join all the components of the track. 

If you cannot or won't take part in an engage track course at a partner univerity (as part of your year abroad), you will need to attend the European week wherever it is hosted.

If you have any other specific queries, contact Emily Harrison here.

When do applications open?

-         Applications usually open around October/ November time for two weeks.

-         You will usually be notified about whether you have been successfully accepted on to the Engage Track Programme a couple of week after the applications close (Usually around the beginning of December).

-         If you specify a preference for your second component being a study abroad year in your application, you will need to complete an additional application for with GO LSE with your options. This will be emailed to you with full details of deadlines. You will usually find out about whether you have successfully secured a year abroad place in January/ February time.

What if I can't do all the components of the engage track?

If you do not complete the final showcase assignment, you may be required to reimburse the cost of sending you to European week or your study abroad year.

Do I need approval from my department tutor and/or academic advisor?

 Yes, you do need approval.

 European Week 2023The European Week in 2023 

The CIVICA European Week 2023 takes place between 27-30 June at Sciences Po in Paris. 


  • 80 bachelor students from Bocconi, CEU, IE University, SNSPA, Sciences Po, SGH, SSE and LSE
  • 10 Ukrainian bachelor students, thanks to the CIVICA for Ukraine project
  • 10 high school students 
  • 10 expert lecturers
  • 10 tutors from the participating universities

Students will be welcomed at the CIVICA's campus in Paris (Sciences Po) on Monday 26 June 2023. The activities will run from Tuesday 27 June in the morning until Friday 30 June in the afternoon. 



The topic of this edition will be "Ecological Transitions: Cities on the frontline" 

Designed by the Undergraduate College and the Sciences Po Urban School, the CIVICA European Week constitutes an excellent opportunity for students to explore the existent (and the future) pathways to urban sustainability. Under the broader scope of ecological literacy, the event is intended to provide a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities related to cities and the governing of climate change. The programme combines diverse methodologies and is structured according to a transdisciplinary, multi-scalar and experiential approach.  The agenda includes immersive learning experiences and off-campus activities (i.e. cultural institutions, exemplary municipalities specialized in environmental-friendly policies, etc.). The urban framework constitutes an interesting viewpoint for understanding the political and socio-economic stakes related to environmental issues. Students will have the opportunity to build engaging dialogues with practitioners, scholars and decision-makers while proposing innovative and upscaling ideas to foster the processes of ecological transition(s). 


Learning Outcomes 

The event starts with several seminars intended to shed light on the debates and controversies inherent to ecological transitions. It then focuses on the ways in which cities are facing current economic, social and environmental issues. Through the framework of urban sustainability, students will learn to:  

  • Understand the relevance of cities in Europe’s transition to sustainability; 
  • Analyse the environmental and climate challenges related to the implementation of major urban projects through the use of specific and localized case studies
  • Foster a dialogue with the wide range of stakeholders involved and engaged in institutional and/or social environmental initiatives at the urban scale  
  • Design a collective project within a pan-European community to provide innovative and creative ideas to manage current (and future) urban ecological transitions 


Day 1 - Democracy, risk and policies


Day 2 - Policies and socio-economical consequences


Day 3 - Risk: short-term and the long view


Day 4 - Student's delivery & graduation 

Download the full agenda here 


Application and contact information

Emily Harrison, global[at]