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10th UNICA Student Conference

at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa from Sunday, 28 June - Wednesday, 1 July 2020

"Dream your University in the capital city!"

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Lisbon, Portugal
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • Sunday, 28 June - Wednesday, 1 July 2020
  • Sign up before 1 December 2019

Enthusiasm and ideas

Initiated in 2000 by Freie Universität Berlin, the first university to advocate the involvement of students in the activities of the network, the UNICA Student Conference is now an established and joyful UNICA tradition. The Conference gathers every 2-3 years 200 to 300 students from UNICA Member universities whose enthusiasm and ideas bring a breath of fresh air to the network.

Unique opportunity

By combining keynote speeches, hard work in the discussion groups and social activities, the Conference provides students with a unique opportunity of meeting their peers from other European countries and to share their views on meaningful issues related to higher education. Students are also encouraged to formulate opinions and recommendations that can be voiced within the UNICA network as well as to relevant stakeholders and give rise to new challenging initiatives.

The main theme of the conference:

"Dream your University in the capital city!"

Due to their location in capital cities UNICA universities are intrinsically urban: bringing many opportunities but also responsibilities and challenges which require ambitious vision and innovative thought to be addressed.

UNICA would like to make the voice and the dreams of students heard about what should the role of Universities in capital cities be in the future and how higher education institutions might tackle major urban challenges.

Structure of the conference

The main theme will be structured in different topics, which will be selected in cooperation with the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and the European Students Union (ESU) and will be discussed in 10 Students’ Fora. Students will be invited to choose one of the topics in advance and will be supported in the preparation to the Conference by the Academic tutor nominated by each participating university and by the Chair of the Forum they will participate in.

Sign up before 1 December

If you are interested, please send an email to before 1 December 2019, including your motivation why you have affinity with this theme (maximum of 500 words, in English) and a digital copy of your resume and transcript.

Free housing and travel

Three nights of accommodation, lunches during conference sessions and cultural events are covered by the organising universities. The UvA will provide a scholarship of to cover travel costs to Lisbon and transportation from the airport to the city.


  • Type of Student: (2nd and 3rd year’s Bachelor’s students, and Master’s students)
  • Affinity with the theme
  • Full-time enrolment as a student at the UvA


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