In May 2018, bachelor students from three different Liberal Education programs seated in Utrecht will co-host the third edition of the European Liberal Education Student Conference (LESC). The students from University College Utrecht, University College Roosevelt, and Liberal Arts & Sciences, all bachelor programs of Utrecht University, are hoping to welcome 140 Liberal Education students from all over Europe in May 2018. Together, these students will reflect on the relation between Liberal Education and the needs of society. What does changing society need from Liberal Education? Are our Liberal Education programmes providing this, and should they?

Over the course of a long weekend, the students will have deep discussions, debates and lectures on these themes. The conference will be hinged on a number of lectures and panel debates from keynote-speakers. All students will write a contribution beforehand that will be discusses in small track sessions. Next to this, students will participate in several activities, case-studies and workshops that help them reflect on their own education programmes. Last, but certainly not least, all participants will get to know the iconic city of Utrecht through accommodation with, and personal tours from, local students.

More details will follow soon. Are you interested, or are you or your students part of a European Liberal Education program and would you like (them) to be part of this conference? Send an e-mail to outreach@lesconference.eu and let us know!


The third LESC will take place from Thursday, May 10th, until Sunday, May 13th, 2018 at University College Utrecht and Utrecht University.

Our goal is to have 100-140 participants during the conference.

The call for proposals has been sent to all of the European LE colleges in January, 2018.