Circle U. European University

Circle U. European University

The University of Vienna has been a member of the European University Alliance Circle U. since November 2021.

 What is Circle U.?

© Circle U.

Circle U. is a network of research-intensive universities from across Europe which embraces the European identity in all its diversity and its openness to the world. Circle U.'s members are the University of Vienna, Aarhus University, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Université Paris Cité, University of Belgrade, UCLouvain, University of Oslo, King’s College London and the University of Pisa. The University of Vienna shares an relationship of trust and a commitment to a common vision for Circle U.’s future with these universities, which makes an excellent foundation for future collaboration. The University of Vienna already has many cooperation activities with these universities, which will now be expanded significantly within the framework of Circle U.

Circle U. is one of 41 university alliances which were founded in recent years as part of the European Union’s "European Universities Initiative", which was initiated by President Macron.

By 2025, Circle U. is an inclusive, research-intensive and interdisciplinary European university. Students, staff and partners from civil society, businesses and the public sector collaborate to jointly develop competencies and solutions for keeping Europe and our planet healthy, peaceful, democratic and prosperous.

- Circle U. Vision

 What does Circle U. mean for the University of Vienna?

Membership of a European University Alliance opens up new horizons for study, research and international cooperation.


Climate change, democracy and global health
Academic Chairs
Student Ambassadors

 Circle U. Work Packages

Circle U.‘s tasks have been divided into seven Work Packages (WPs). Until the end of 2023, the University of Vienna is primarily participating in WP1, WP2, WP3 and WP5.

WP 1: General Management and Coordination

WP 2: Creating an Inclusive European University Ecosystem

WP 3: Circle U. Academic Chair Programme

WP 5: Socially-engaged Education and Research

 How can I find out more?

For more information and opportunities to get involved, please visit the Circle U. website or contact the International Office at the University of Vienna.