A Nordic network for teacher educators and students

Student opportunities

Students from the seven Spica institutions are invited to take part in intensive courses and apply for Spica grants for different ways of mobility. Students can apply for placement/internship, semester or fieldwork abroad through the network. Contact your local Spica coordinators to learn more.


Spica 2022: Education for Sustainable Futures: Well-Being of Humans and Nature

The Spica network uses local Nordic contexts to explore global challenges and to strengthen internationalisation and international cooperation in the Nordic countries. In September 2022 the Spica course will take place in Finland in the Syöte National Park and Oulu where education for sustainable futures will be explored by focusing on the well-being of humans and nature together with participants from all seven Nordic countries and India. Explorative perspectives on education and learning, SDG 4.7 and the use of local surroundings will be the thematic, geographical and educational frames for the course and are very relevant for anyone who is interested in the future of education.

Students in Teacher training, education or similar fields at the Spica partner institutions are invited to participate in Spica course in September 2022 (18-24.9). The course awards 5 ECTS credits and is funded by Nordplus (Nordic Council of Ministers). The course consists of two online seminars (31.8 & 7.9, one hour), a weeklong intensive course and a written assessment. Participants will receive a travel grant that covers the cheapest mode of travel and in line with Nordplus rates. Food and lodging in Finland is covered by the course.

Spica 2023: The Faeroe Island week 11, 2023. Details to be announced.

Summer School: Cultural heritage: Issues of national identity, cultural tourism and education

University of Iceland, University of South-Eastern Norway and UCL University College (Denmark), University of Silesia (Poland), University of Turku (Finland), Linköping University, (Sweden) are pleased to invite our bachelor and master students to join our joint “hybrid” Summer School, this summer. The theme is especially suited for students or professionals with interest in a cross-disciplinary approach to cultural heritage and hands-on application of cultural heritage in your studies or profession. This could be students of Teacher Education, Social Education, Pedagogy, Cultural Studies, Arts and Cultural Management, Social Work, Future Studies, and interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as disciplines related to the field of Tourism.

The three-week summer school is planned for 1 -19 August 2021 as an online – onsite – online learning experience. The onsite week takes place in Notodden, Norway from 8-12 August 2022. The summer school is a 5 ECTS course taught in English for students from across multiple disciplines and countries.

The summer school will give participants tools, knowledge and skills concerning cultural heritage, which can be applied in a comprehensive and reflexive way in future studies or professional work. The course content will focus on cultural heritage, including its definitions, manifestations, and use.

The course will particularly discuss cultural heritage in relation to four key topics:

•General and cross-cutting issues concerning cultural heritage,

•The relationship between cultural heritage and identity/national identity,

•The relationship between cultural heritage and cultural tourism/destination development, and

•The relationship between cultural heritage and education

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