Community Service Learning

Social awareness and communal involvement are core values of the Vrije Universiteit. One of the means we add a concrete dimension to this values is the implementation of a central Community Service Learning program (CSL). In 2014 we started this university-wide project with the aim of integrating CSL activities in the educational program of the VU. 

Through CSL students deploy their academic skills to solve societal issues and problems. We collaborate with key partners in civil society. At the moment, the VU organizes a number of successful ongoing projects in the field of CSL. You can find examples of these projects under "Good Practices".

In the academic year 2015-16, five CSL pilot projects have been started. These are focused on one of the four areas in which CSL can be applied, namely: Research aimed at consultation in social issues, societal outreach or medical care-internships, mentoring and role models for upcoming students and entrepreneurship and advisory activities towards partners in civil society. These pilots will be evaluated and the results will be used to continue integrating more CSL activities into the curricula of the VU.


The VU has the ambition to integrate CSL activities in the educational program of the university by 2017.

Good practices

Activities of Community Service Learning which are already successfully implemented in the university.


There are collaborations with several partners in civil society.


At the international level the VU has an intensive cooperation with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and is starting collaboration with European partner universities.


Five CSL pilots have started in colleges of the Vrije Universiteit.


Upcoming Community Service Learning events.

Community Service Conference

Next to the pilots Community Service Learning, the VU also organizes conferences. The last one took place on December 2nd 2015.

Organization and contact

Wim Haan, Diversity Coordinator at the VU and CSL project manager.