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Join the Unite! Train from Barcelona to Grenoble - apply by April 7

Are you ready to embark on a sustainable mobility and multicultural adventure? Look no further than the U!Train Blended Intensive Programme on green mobility and interculturality. The Unite! Train embarks from Barcelona on 1 September 2024 with 30 students onboard from the nine Unite! universities.
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In a nutshell, 30 students will embark on a unique journey, starting with a train journey from your own university to UPC Barcelona (Spain) and continuing on to Grenoble INP-UGA (France). Along the way, students will engage in various non-academic activities. Upon reaching their destination, they will continue with team-building exercises and, of course, academic work. But the journey begins even before departure, with approximately 6 hours of online classes the week prior starting on 26 August, providing participants with essential knowledge and skills for the programme ahead.

What will participants learn?

Throughout the programme, participants will explore the themes of Green Mobility and intercultural competencies through a blend of online learning, lectures, and hands-on activities. Guided by expert faculty and guest speakers, this programme offers a unique opportunity to gain practical skills and interdisciplinary knowledge about sustainable mobility while fostering a deeper understanding of different cultures.

Experts will lead discussions on topics such as urban walkability, sustainable transportation systems and innovations, corporate social responsibility, and cultural diversity. Through engaging workshops and interactive sessions, participants will enrich their understanding of these critical issues.

The programme is worth 3 credits (ECTS). 

What makes it enjoyable?

Beyond academic modules, participants will forge connections with students from the nine Unite! universities, creating a close-knit community atmosphere. They'll also take part in a mapathon activity, sharing their train mobility experiences across Europe and gaining hands-on insights into European travel.

In addition to academic pursuits, participants will enjoy unique cultural experiences in Barcelona and Grenoble, including guided tours, outdoor activities, and visits to local landmarks, from exploring the vibrant streets of Barcelona to the mountains of Grenoble.

The selected participants can apply for financial support through the Erasmus mobility grant and will receive a complimentary Interrail pass, to travel to UPC, Grenoble and back to their cities.

Apply by 7 April

The course is open to 30 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a Unite! university (including Aalto), spanning all disciplines. Applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in sustainable travel and interdisciplinary training, alongside proficiency in English and an eagerness for multicultural experiences.

Applications are open until April 7th, 2024, on the Unite! learning management system Metacampus : Course: U!Train | Metacampus (unite-university.eu). Log in with your Aalto credentials. 

Don't miss your chance to be part of this journey and contribute to shaping a more sustainable and interconnected future. Apply today and embark on the adventure of a lifetime! Hurry, there are only 30 seats available on the U!Train. 

If you want to know more about the available Aalto mobility scholarships for the U!Train, contact the Unite! mobility coordinator Vilma Jokinen ([email protected]).

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Aalto University is a member of Unite! alliance together with eight other European universities.

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