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Una Europa One Health Summer School 2023 - For undergraduate and master's students

Event information

Date & location


One Health Summer School coordinating team at KU Leuven

Travel to KU Leuven this summer to connect with students, doctoral researchers and staff from across Una Europa to explore interdisciplinary One Health issues and work towards building solutions together.

This is the Summer School - General, open to undergraduate and master's students at Una Europa universities in at least their third year of study. If you are a doctoral researcher, please see the Una Europa One Health Summer School - Deep Dive for doctoral researchers.

By the end of the General Summer School you will be able to:

  • Understand the One Health concept and its relevance
  • Work in multicultural and transdisciplinary teams to recognize the complex roots of the One Health, including social, cultural, economic, demographic and more
  • Learn about the approaches to address One Health challenges at different levels
  • Apply Systems thinking in One Health to solve a One Health challenge

What is the format of the Summer School?

The Una Europa One Health Summer School - General will be held both online and on-site in Leuven from 24 July until 28 July 2023. The innovative interdisciplinary programme introduces students to One Health in an interactive way by tackling a related global challenge.

By participating in the Summer School, you will work together with classmates from Una Europa universities on transdisciplinary topics while broadening your knowledge about One Health.

The academic programme will include approximately 18 hours of lectures and seminars. In addition, approximately 21 hours of collaborative group work will be complemented by a social and cultural programme.

The General Summer School can be followed on-site and online.

  • The on-site Summer School is designed as a Blended Intensive Programme, (a novelty in Key Action 1 of the Erasmus programme 2021-2027) and holds 3 ECTS credits.
    • The credit-bearing programme starts with an online preparation, followed by an intensive immersive week with compulsory physical attendance in Leuven and a final presentation delivered online after the Summer School.
    • The programme features group work focusing on tackling a One Health related challenge in a transdisciplinary way with guidance from academic mentors. At the end of August you will present your solution and ways of working to the Summer School Board who will grade you with a pass/ fail. Only a pass will make you eligible for ECTS credits.
    • Please note: Eligibility for receiving credits following participation in the Summer School is dependent on your university. Please contact the One Health coordinating team at KU Leuven at for more information.
  • The online Summer School offers access to all morning lectures included in the programme, which will be livestreamed. Students are kindly invited to follow these lecturers online and get a state-of-the-art introduction to One Health.
    • Students participating in the online Summer School are not eligible to gain ECTS credits for their participation. A pre-course will be available to prepare students for the content. There is no group work or seminars.

Preliminary programme

The Una Europa One Health Summer School - General will kick off with a welcome reception on Sunday evening and celebrate with a farewell dinner on Thursday evening.

The programme will feature:

  • An introduction to One Health
  • Transdisciplinary work & skill development
  • Environment (Pollution, biodiversity loss, climate change)
  • Pandemic preparedness and zoonotic disease
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Food safety & food security
  • Systems thinking
  • Citizen science

Please note: This programme is subject to change.

Who can apply? Am I eligible?

The Una Europa One Health Summer School - General, both online and on-site, welcomes applications from students who are currently enrolled at an Una Europa university and are in at least their third year of study at the time of application. Undergraduate and master’s students are invited to apply.

This experience is designed for students from a wide range of disciplines and serves as an introduction to the field.

If accepted for the programme, you will be joined by a diverse group of students from our Una Europa partner institutions. Five students from each university of the Una Europa alliance will be selected to join us on-site.

What is the cost of the programme?

A registration fee of €100 will be applied to online and on-site participants.

The estimated total cost for the on-site General Summer School is €520, including registration fee of €100. Please note that for most students funding up to €420 is available. Contact the Una Europa Team at your university to find out to what extent you are eligible to receive financial support to cover (a part of) the cost of the programme. The estimated cost does include accommodation and food cost, but not travel costs.

Online participants are not eligible for financial support from Una Europa through their university.

How can I apply?

All students and doctoral researchers interested in the Una Europa One Health Summer School 2023 can apply using the same application form. Please indicate whether you are interested in attending the General Summer School, either in-person or online, or the Summer School Deep Dive.

  • Application deadline: 6 March 2023
  • Acceptance notification: 17 April 2023
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Apply to the Una Europa One Health Summer School, General or Deep Dive

This initiative was created as part of Una Europa’s Focus Area in One Health and is part of the educational and research joint programmes of the Una.Futura project.