Student Guide 2021

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Living in...

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is an open, young, vibrant and creative city with a busy cultural, political, business and commercial life. It is a metropolis where every imaginable language can be heard, as well as a city that invites its residents and visitors alike to discover its Catalan culture and traditions. Barcelona has always attracted people from all over the world, making it even more multilingual and special. It is the people living there, with their different backgrounds and cultures, who make it so cosmopolitan, diverse and intercultural. The University of Barcelona is located all over the city of Barcelona, being present with more than 16 Faculties and affiliated centers. This provides the students with a holistic experience of the city of Barcelona, being able to enjoy all its streets and corners. 

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DublinIreland is a member of the European Union and is located in the North Atlantic beside the UK. Ireland is an English-speaking country with a young, vibrant population. It boasts a unique combination of cosmopolitan cities, breath-taking scenery, idyllic countryside and historic sites. The country is a European hub for innovation and industry with global companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Intel, Pfizer and HP based here.

The Trinity campus is located in the heart of one of the most popular and safest cities in the world. Dublin is a vibrant and multicultural European capital, which ranks as the 37th best student city in the world (QS World’s Best Student Cities 2019).  Everything the city has to offer is easily accessible to Trinity students from shops, restaurants and coffee shops to theatres, museums and clubs, ensuring that there is always something exciting for students to enjoy. If you want to take time out to relax in nature, the city’s parks (including Phoenix Park, one of the largest urban parks in Europe), an easily accessible coastline, beaches and the Dublin Mountains are all close by 

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Utrecht pictureUtrecht is a lively student city in the heart of the Netherlands. Utrecht is a beautiful and inspiring urban setting that nurtures talent and creativity. It’s a dynamic, growing city that is characterised by a personal, human scale and offers myriad opportunities to those ready to grasp them. Last, but not least, Utrecht is an intelligent city that uses innovation and sustainability to meet new challenges and achieve its ambitions.   

Thanks to the help of a young, talented workforce and a citywide programme to create a sustainable society, Utrecht was recently voted the most competitive region in Europe. Lonely Planet ranks Utrecht in their top-10 of the world's unsung places.  

Utrecht University and the city of Utrecht offer a lively environment where students can study and live. The city has a bustling student community made up of many different student organisations and societies.   

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BudapestBudapest, the capital city of Hungary is located centrally in the heart of the country. With about 1.7 million inhabitants, Budapest provides an enjoyable and vibrant atmosphere for international students during their studies. The large number of sights to visit (many of them parts of UNESCO World Heritage), vibrant cultural life, the reasonable living costs, well-developed and easy-to-use public transport network, and safety make Budapest popular among international students.  

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MontpellierMontpellier is located in the South of France, right nearby the Mediterranean Sea. With about 300 000 inhabitants, including over 50 000 students, the city provides a very lively and dynamic atmosphere. Montpellier is also a very relaxing place to live in, with the largest pedestrian zone of the country and more than five beaches, the city offers a very enjoyable living environment. Its amazing climate (300 sunny days per year!), its heritage and cultural orientation, its outdoor-oriented lifestyle, its reasonable living costs and well-organized public transport network make it one of the top cities to study in France, attracting many international students every year.  

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Academic Calendar

Calendar with yellow filterTo download the academic calendar, please click here.


Academic rules and regulations

Woman holding books with blue filterThese Academic rules and regulations apply to the academic year 2021-2022 and apply to the admissions procedure, enrolment, education, the assessment and the final review of requirement to be awarded with of the Joint Degree Master’s Programme Global Challenges for Sustainability and to all students who are registered in the Joint Degree Programme and to all those who request to be admitted to the Joint Degree Programme. The Joint Degree Programme is jointly provided by University of Barcelona, Trinity College Dublin, Utrecht University, Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, and the University of Montpellier, hereinafter referred to as the Consortium.

Download the Academic rules and regulations here.

Enrollment & Registration

How to register to the Master's programme?

Document to be submited and how to present them

Although we are able to approve your eligibility based on the digital version of the documents, in case you are admitted, we will need to verify the authenticity of the documents submitted in digital format. Please find below two options to submit the documents for verification before 19th  of July. You can choose the one that suits you best. 

  1. If you are living in one of the cities of CHARM-EU partner Universities (Barcelona, Dublin, Utrecht, Budapest, or Montpellier) you can schedule a personal meeting with the CHARM-EU officer at the corresponding University.
  2. If you are not living in one of these cities, we would kindly ask you to send certified copies to the CHARM-EU Barcelona Office in charge of registration at the following address:

Att. Ms. Miriam Gasol


University of Barcelona

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585

08007 Barcelona


What is a certified copy? A certified copy of an original document (for example, your degree certificate or transcript) is a copy that bears an endorsement or certification that it is a true copy of the original. We can accept both physical (hard) copy and digital documents, as long as their authenticity can be verified.

Certified hard copy

The most common way to arrange a certified hard copy is by visiting the relevant department of your university (such as student services or the academic registry) with your original documents. You should ask them to make a photocopy of your original documents, and then to stamp and sign the photocopy. Please note, all documents you send to us become the property of CHARM-EU University and will not be returned to you.

Certified copies can be obtained from:

  • Any office of the 5 CHARM-EU partner Universities.

  • A notary public registered in any of the countries of the CHARM-EU Universities.

  • The Spanish/Irish/Dutch/Hungarian/French diplomatic or consular authorities outside these countries.

The certified photocopies can then be sent to us by post as described above.

In the case of documents requiring legalization, the corresponding certification or apostille must be attached to the original document, and the interested party must submit a certified copy of the complete document, including all text relating to the legalization procedure.

Digitally certified document

Instead of certifying a photocopy, you can also submit a digitally certified document. We can accept these documents if they meet the following requirements:

  • Satisfy the certification guidelines of the issuing university.

  • Can be verified electronically on the website of the issuing university, a document verification platform, or by means of a digital certificate.

The CHARM-EU Joint Virtual Administrative Office will help you throughout the entire process. For any additional information or any doubt, please contact them. 

CHARM-EU Buddy system

Man and Women looking to a computer with light green filter To help you find your place most easily not only in the CHARM-EU educational system but also at your physical location, CHARM-EU created a Buddy System covering all the five universities. Buddies receive training from their university to be there for CHARM-EU students in different matters. 
Lending a hand when you are looking for your place in the new community. 

  • Being available if you ask for help in a relationship built on mutual trust. 
  • Providing you with up to date information on current events, campus regulations etc. 
  • Helping you finding your way around, introduce you to local customs and habits. 
  • Helping you dealing with home sickness, let you know about leisure activities and entertainment options.  
  • If you need further assistance, referring to sources of support and information. 
  • Giving basic information about the university you are located at. 

The local operation of the Buddy System is arranged by the specific universities following the principles agreed together. To participate and be matched with your buddy, please register at the location where you start your studies in September 2021. 

Services, Practical information & Accommodation

Picture of a girl reading at a mobile with yellow filter. Please remember that the university where you will start face-to-face, is indicated in the resolution sent by the CHARM-EU Office.Here you have some practical information from each university:

University of Barcelona

Trinity College Dublin

Utrecht University

Eötvös Loránd University

University of Montpellier

Counselling Services

The Counselling Services is provided by ELTE Counselling Centre. The Counselling Centre provides online individual counselling to CHARM-EU students in English.Smiling female psychologist sitting on the couch and welcoming a student

Experienced psychologists at the Faculty of Education and Psychology provide a professional counselling service to all our students. They are available to help students work through their difficulties, understand themselves better and find ways of managing their situation.

The Counselling Centre staff are professionally trained and widely experienced clinical and counselling psychologists, psychotherapists, all of whom are accustomed to helping people from many different backgrounds and cultures, and with a wide range of issues.

Counsellors can help students with a wide range of difficulties:

  • Family problems and parental separations
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Work-related problems
  • Academic difficulties
  • Managing transitions
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Mood disorder
  • Problems with establishing contacts
  • Problems with self-esteem
  • Lack of motivation, doubts about the career path you have chosen
  • The loss of an important person

After scheduling an appointment, students can meet a psychologist on 1-6 occasions. The psychologist will help them to reconsider problems, provide support, and help manage change.

Counselling sessions are held in complete confidence, in accordance with the instructions laid down in the Psychological Ethical Code, and Counselling Centre employees are covered by the obligation of confidentiality. Please find our privacy notice here.

Appoints can be arranged via mail:

Teaching & Learning

This section provides an overview of the teaching, learning and assessment procedures. For the detailed information about the master’s structure and assessment, please download:

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The CHARM-EU educational experience

CHARM-EU is part of the innovative European Universities Initiative, seeking to create European universities of the future. Students, staff and researchers will be skilled in navigating the twin green and digital transition, building a resilient society, and solving global societal challenges.

You will be one of the first students in Europe to take part in a European University at postgraduate level and experience this new way of teaching and learning. Throughout the Master’s, you will be pioneers and leaders for future CHARM-EU students. Your learning matters to us, to future students, and to Europe. We are always seeking improvement in our teaching and learning approaches, and as pioneers for CHARM-EU, we encourage you to share your experiences with us.

To create a university of the future, and give you the best possible learning journey, our ways of teaching also need to be innovative, transformative, and future facing.  To do this, CHARM-EU teaching follows ten educational principles. These principles scaffold your educational experience. In this section we will explain what you can expect from teaching and learning in the master’s and will be expected from you.  

Learning activities

The Master’s consists of different teaching and learning methods that you will be engaged in. This can be group work, workshops, lectures, coaching sessions, meet-the-expert sessions, field trips and more. Every module coordinator has designed the module in a way that it matches with the intended learning outcomes and content.  

Roles in education, teaching and learning 

CHARM-EU teaching staff can take on different roles. Below you can find some examples of roles.

  • Teacher: Teaches content to students through e.g. lectures, tutorials, workshops or other learning activities. 
    • Supervisor: Monitors the overall progress of the (group) work. 
    • Coach: Guides and coaches students, focusing mainly on the interpersonal group dynamics, professional development and transversal skills. 
    • Tutor: Guides students’ progress from a content perspective, providing expertise in order for students to apply knowledge to their challenge. 
    • Experts / External stakeholders: Delivers specific expertise as (external) professionals with the aim to provide perspectives to the challenges. 
    • Guest teacher: Teaches content to students through one or few learning activities.
  • Mentor: Guides students throughout the whole Master’s curriculum. Guides students in their learning journey through student-mentor meeting. Monitors progression in relation to the programme learning outcomes and provides a Mentor advice (see Assessment for further information) based on its impressions.  
  • Student: Actively engages in module activities, pro-actively communicates with mentor and teachers and is responsible for getting the Module assessments in time into its E-portfolio (see Assessment for further information) 


CHARM-EU Assessment

In CHARM-EU we are using a new strategy for assessing students. The main goal of the strategy is supporting students in the learning process. We are moving away from a traditional approach of assessing students in single modules and instead, assessing student development across the whole Master’s programme. One single module assessment will not be associated with a pass/fail decision.

How will students be assessed? 

Throughout the Master’s, students will be assessed through low, intermediate, and high stakes assessments. This will ensure that all assessments are meaningful for students.  

1. Module assessments (low stakes): 

  • To encourage students to develop themselves rather than just learning for the test. This means that a student will not be ‘punished’ for underperforming on a module assessment, but rather feels encouraged to work on his or her gap and show later on that he or she managed to fill the gap. 
  • All assessment activities within modules providing performance relevant information to the student about their progression (methods can include: test, presentation, essay etc.).  
  • These module assessments do not lead to a pass/fail decision in itself, but provide meaningful feedback to the student.  

Check the detailed Master’s module structure here.

2. Mentor advice (intermediate stakes):  

  • To check how the student is doing and to make sure that the student stays on track, a mentor provides an advice.  
  • In doing so, the mentor goes through the feedback the student receives during the Module assessments and how the student enacted on this (functioning as a ‘flagging system’). 
  • The mentor provides the student with feedback on its progression. 

3. Phase decision (high stakes):  

  • The combination of multiple module assessments, and feedback from mentors will guide a high stakes ‘Phase’ decision. This means that high stakes decisions depend on multiple low- stakes assessment. 
  • These are high-stakes decisions (pass/fail) for passing a Phase (Preparatory and Flexible Phase) or the master program (Capstone Phase).   
  • Once all module assessments and mentor advices have been completed, these are aggregated  

Who assesses students? 

  • Module assessments are assessed by teachers, other relevant stakeholders, peers, and the student itself (self-assessment).  
  • Mentors provide advice to students which can be used to support the assessment of students. 
  • Phase decisions are assessed by a group of examiners known as the Portfolio Assessment Committee. 

What is the pass grade for assessments? 

  • The Phases will be graded during the high-stakes Phase decision from 0-100%. A pass mark on each Phase (thus all Modules related to that Phase) is 50% and above. The mark of the Modules of the Phase will be the overall mark obtained in the Phase itself. 

How do students keep track of their assessments? 

  • Each student will use Scorion, an ePortfolio system, that collects all assessments and feedback in one place.  
  • Scorion also presents assessment data visualizations (e.g. Spider Charts) so students can check how they are performing in Programme Learning Objectives. It is important that all students keep track of their ePorfolio throughout the Master’s to help them reflect and build on their learning.  
  • Assessors will endeavour to provide feedback on assignments within 15 working days.


CHARM-EU mentors

CHARM-EU mentors will be mentoring students studying on the Master’s in Global Challenges for Sustainability, and are a key part of our teaching and learning programme. They meet regularly with students to help them progress and reach CHARM-EU Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs). Mentoring in CHARM-EU is different than being a teacher; rather than teaching students module content, mentors listen and ask questions. They help students form learning goals, and support them in the plan of action their need to achieve these.

Our mentors have previous experience in teaching and assessing undergraduate or postgraduate students, and are trustworthy, empathetic, and enthusiastic individuals. Each mentor will commit 3 contact hours per phase per student between September 2021 and February 2023.Quote

During the Master’s induction week, students are allocated one CHARM-EU mentor from our alliance institutions. The same mentor and student meet throughout the three phases of the Master’s and are both committed to maintaining a two-way supportive relationship. 

What does a CHARM-EU mentor do? 

This mentor guides, supports, and provides feedback to students across the three phases of the Master’s. 

A CHARM-EU mentor meets regularly with students to 

  • Share practical advice, insights, and guidance,  

  • Develop student learning goals,  

  • Support student achievement of CHARM-EU Programme Learning Outcomes,  

  • Provide a knowledgeable, empathetic sounding board, 

  • Serve as a positive role model,  

  • Discuss feedback students receive for their module assessments, 

  • Informally advise students on future career development. 

Mentors also identify when a student is in difficulty and liaises with CHARM-EU support services when necessary.  

Who are CHARM-EU mentors? 

Mentors are academic teachers and researchers from a CHARM-EU partner institution. Many have worked with CHARM-EU on developing the Master’s content, and all have previous experience with mentoring university students. 

How often do students meet with their mentor? 

Students have dedicated meetings with mentors for a total of 3 hours across each Phase of the module (9 hours total). This would mean up to 18 30-minute meetings in the Master’s.    

What are the responsibilities of students in the mentoring relationship? 

Students are responsible for meeting and communicating with their mentor, being considerate reliable, and committed to the mentoring relationship throughout the entire Master’s programme.

In the next image, you can see where mentors fit in to the CHARM-EU assessment programme.

MEntor Handbook Infographic

Inclusion and Diversity

Multi-ethinic group of students in college library featuring boy in wheelchair in foregroundOne of CHARM-EU's core values is inclusive. We strongly believe in the power of diversity to enrich the learning experience as well as academic debate, and knowledge creation and production.  

We want you to know that in CHARM-EU we believe in fostering an open, welcoming, safe atmosphere, where all forms of diversity are recognised, respected, and seen as a source of strength and benefit to the CHARM-EU community and beyond.  

CHARM-EU WP6 Inclusiveness Team safeguards that inclusion and diversity sit at the heart of the CHARM EU’s culture, organisational structure, design, delivery, activities of different work packages and the CHARM-EU Master’s in Global Challenges for Sustainability itself. Inclusion and diversity have been profoundly interwoven into the DNA of CHARM-EU. 

During the Master’s Programme, CHARM-EU WP6 Inclusiveness Team acts as CHARM-EU’s Equality Diversity and Inclusion office and remains an expert group that continuously advises, supports and collaborates with relevant organisational units, various student services and modules safeguard that everyone is committed to creating an inclusive CHARM-EU experience. We want you to know that CHARM-EU prohibits any discrimination on any grounds and provides the appropriate structures and services that remove barriers to success and support student and staff access and participation needs. Where applicable, the CHARM-EU WP6 Inclusiveness Team relies on the specific service and support provision of certain services (such as the Disability and Accessibility Service).   

Please feel free to share with CHARM-EU WP6 Inclusiveness Team any questions, comments, or issues on your CHARM-EU experience regarding of accessibility and inclusion. 

We would be delighted to hear from you to improve your CHARM-EU experience regarding inclusion and accessibility. You are welcome to contact us at  

If there are any technical issues with the email address, do not hesitate to email Inclusiveness Team Leader, Agnes Sarolta Fazekas at 

Joint Virtual Administrative Office

Local map pin marker The JVAO is composed of five Officers, each working in a different university, and each responsible for coordinating one of the 5 main responsibilities: Registration (UB), Education (UU), Mobility (ELTE), Boards (TCD) and Services (UM). Even though each of these five main tasks is the responsibility of a different university, all 5 officers work on all 5 tasks hand-in-hand, as a unique and united office.  

The JVAO is the contact point for each university and the main contact point for the students and the teaching staff. They assist them for any of their needs (services, assistance, logistics, etc.). If needed, they redirect them towards the appropriate service inside the university (medical support, sport facilities, student counselling, etc.), or bring the issue to the other Officers. 

If you need any information, you can contact the JVAO by email or by phone and if necessary request an appointment. The contact information is available here.