Community Engaged Learning course

Utrecht University is committed to socially engaged education, also known as Community Engaged Learning (CEL). CEL is experiential education in which students, lecturers and social partners work together on social issues. CEL requires different skills from both students and lecturers. The CEL course supports teachers in delivering and developing CEL education.

What will you do?

The course consists of six meetings and one follow-up day. The course is supervised by trainers from Educational Development & Training. During the course, we will explore together the characteristics of CEL, explore what cooperation with social partners can look like and you will work on the (further) development of your own CEL education.

Topics such as assessment, reflection and ethical questions are also covered. Participants learn with and from each other by studying CEL together, exchanging experiences and developing into a network of teacher-experts in the field of CEL. You will receive a certificate as proof of participation after completing the course.

For whom?

The course is designed for lecturers at UU, UCU, UCR or UMCU who are involved in CEL teaching or will soon start working with CEL.

You will get the most out of the learning course if:

  • You already have (outline) ideas for CEL education.
  • You know that this idea can have a place within the curriculum in the near future. It is important to coordinate this idea and your participation in the programme with your manager and/or education director.
  • You have decision-making powers to be able to implement (small) changes within the curriculum / subject.
  • You have at least 2 years of teaching and/or practical experience.

If you are already more experienced in the field of CEL, then the advanced teaching course CEL might suit you better. Read more about the advanced teaching course.

Tip: You can always test your ideas for CEL education with the CEL ambassador of your own faculty!

Maximum number of participants

12. We aim for an equal distribution among the faculties. We will take this into account in the selection of participants.

Language of instruction

To be determined, depending on the preferred language of interested faculty members


The meetings will take place physically, at different locations in Utrecht. The exact locations will be shared with participants later.


In the academic year 2024-2025, there will be two editions of the CEL course. The first edition will run from November 2024 to March 2025. The second edition runs from February 2025 to June 2025. Both editions have a return day a few months after completion.

The intake interviews (30 minutes, individual) for both editions will take place on 6, 7 or 11 June in 2024.

The fall programme is as follows:




Meeting 108-11-202410:00 - 18:00 hrs
Meeting 229-11-202412:30 - 15:30 hrs
Meeting 313-12-202409:30 - 16:30 hrs
Meeting 417-01-202509:30 - 11:00 hrs
Meeting 507-02-20509:30 - 15:00 hrs
Meeting 614-03-202514:00 - 16:30 hrs
Return day20-06-202515:00 - 16:30 hrs

The spring programme is as follows:




Meeting 113-02-202510:00 - 18:00 hrs
Meeting 206-03-202513:00 - 16:00 hrs
Meeting 327-03-202509:30 - 16:30 hrs
Meeting 417-04-202509:30 - 11:00 hrs
Meeting 508-05-202509:30 - 15:00 uur
Meeting 605-06-202514:00 - 16:30 hrs
Return day30-10-202515:00 - 16:30 hrs

We will put together a substantive programme in which topics and design follow one another. Therefore, we expect you to attend all meetings.


Registrations are open until 1 June 2024. When you apply, you can indicate for which edition you are applying. 


Do you have any questions about this course? If so, please contact the CAT:

Do you have questions about Community Engaged Learning? If so, please contact programme secretary Roos van Lin:


Find out more about CEL

Want to know more about Community Engaged Learning, how UU is working on it and get inspiration? Then take a look at the CEL intranet page.