International opportunities for students

What are the ECIU challenges and micromodules?

ECIU offers two different learning opportunities (so called ELOs): challenges and micromodules.
Challenges allow you to join an international and multidisciplinary team and work on so-called real-life challenges, propose and analyse innovative solutions, with the supervision of a teacher (members of the teaching and research staff coordinating the challenge). The ECIU working groups involve students, teachers and stakeholders such as public institutions, businesses, NGOs…
Micro-modules are online learning opportunities enabling students to deepen their general knowledge of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or to acquire specific skills needed to solve the challenge (societal issues, intercultural, entrepreneurial, languages).



The duration of the ELOs can vary from one/two days to a few weeks or a whole semester.


Students regularly enrolled in UniTrento. The ELOs are primarily aimed at students from the final year of a Bachelor's degree (or third year of one-cycle Master degree) course up to the PhD degree. Exceptionally, ELOs can be open to first- and second-year Bachelor students. In all cases, the selection will be made by the host university on the basis of the criteria indicated on the ELO page.
Participants must have an English level of at least B2 (CEFR for languages).
Challenges and micromodules (physical or virtual) are not compatible with simultaneous participation in other mobility programmes for which one has already moved abroad, unless the ECIU activity is planned at the same university where one is spending the exchange mobility (in which case no additional financial support is provided). The physical and virtual parts must be completed at least within one month prior to graduation.

Added value

Enrich your experience, contribute to real social change and collaborate with businesses and public institutions to solve real life challenges.  
Gain international experience and build your network of connections by working with other students, faculty, experts, business and organisation representatives from different territories and backgrounds.
Enhance your intercultural skills, share practices and ideas, develop the ability to solve problems and work in a team.
Make a real impact and seize the opportunity to further develop the proposed solutions, create new services, products, research opportunities, start-ups and spin-offs.


All the challenges and micro-modules are organised at the following partner universities of the ECIU Consortium:

How to Apply

Browse the ECIU Learning Opportunities available on the ECIU Platform. Sign up on the platform (you will be asked to create an ECIU account) and register for the challenges and micromodules that interest you most.
Once your application has been approved by the Organizer, please contact the International Relations Division (international [at] and carefully check the guide in the download box to know the procedures needed to formalise your experience.

Economic Support

You can apply for financial support only for 1 ELO per semester and for a maximum of 3 mobilities during your studies at UniTrento University.
Financial support is not provided if  the ELO is totally virtual.
In the event of physical mobility, that cannot exceed 30 days' duration, you may receive a financial support, to help you covering travel and accommodation expenses abroad:

  •  € 70,00/day for mobility from 1 to 14 days;
  •  € 50,00/day for mobility from 15 to 30 days.

When calculating the contribution, 2 travel days will be funded as mobility days (e.g. if the physical activity lasts 7 days, you will receive funding for 9 days, for a total € 630 = € 70*9).

An additional financial contribution - € 100 for a mobility till 14 days and € 150 for a mobility from 15 up to 30 days - is provided for students with fewer opportunities who declare to belong to one of the following categories:

  • Students (I and II level) with an ISEE value from € 0 up to € 24.335,11 (students who are not asked to provide ISEE by UniTrento will be automatically included into this category);
  • Students with medically certified physical, mental or other health conditions;
  • Students from a migrant background and refugees;
  • Students with minor children;
  • Student workers;
  • Students who are Professional Athletes; 
  • Students who are orphans of at least one parent;
  • Students who are children of victims of terrorism and organised crime.

If you opt for sustainable means of transport (train, bus, sharing car, bycicle) to reach the country of destination, you might receive a single contribution of € 50 and up to 4 days of travel will be recognized in addition to study grant. 

Green Travel

You will receive the contribution if you travel with sustainable means of transportation (train, car sharing, bus, bike or other sustainable means of transportation): for at least 51% of the distance (round trip) from Trento/Rovereto (location of your Department/Center/Faculty) and the City of the Host University. If the starting/arrival place it is different, you have to explain the reason in the dedicated application.You will have to keep your tickets since you will be asked to provide them when asking for economic support at your return.


If you are a student with fewer opportunities you will receive a financial contribution for the travel, based on the distance between Trento/Rovereto (location of your Department/Center/Faculty) and the City of the Host University. In case of Green Travel you will not receive the € 50 top-up, but you might receive up to 4 days of travel and the financial contribution for the travel (see the Green Travel column in the table below).

Distance Financial contribution for the travel (standard) Financial contribution for the travel (Green travel)
10-99 KM € 23  € 23 (same of the standard)
100-499 KM € 180  € 210
500-1999 KM € 275  € 320 
2000-2999 KM € 360  € 410 
3000-3999 KM € 530  € 610


All the above contributions will be paid after the mobility upon submission of the required documents.


Prior to beginning the activity, the professor responsible for the study course must approve the recognition and students must submit their recognition request to the Student Support Office. The activity can be recognized by UniTrento as free choice credits, elective credits or in other ways according to the regulations of each degree programme.