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Welcome to the archived (2012)website of the European College of Liberal Arts!

ECLA was a liberal arts university dedicated to the integrated study of values. Questions about values—such as justice, beauty, and truth— were placed at the centre of a rigorous curriculum. Academics from many different backgrounds worked together on issues that have relevance far beyond academia. Students from over 30 countries, and a select international faculty, worked together in small classes and one-to-one tutorials that encouraged thoughtful dialogue. Over four years, B.A. students chose two of the three concentrations: art and aesthetics, ethics and political theory, and literature and rhetoric. The language of instruction was English. 

ECLA had a need-blind admissions policy, which meant that no student was turned away for lack of funds and full, need-based financial aid was awarded in each case to support all four years of study.


Feb. 20, 2012


The influence of literature on popular discourse, and more surprisingly, the dependence that a society has on this discourse, came to light in a lecture by Professor Thomas Rommel of Jacobs University. ... more
On February 1st, ECLA Professor Bruno Macaes led the first winter term meeting of the Politics Club regarding the Eurozone crisis. Bruno is currently a senior policy adviser to Portugal's Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho. ... more
Feb. 17, 2012

Nazified Nietzsche

On January 30th, Max Whyte (University of Chicago) gave a lecture at ECLA entitled “Nietzsche and the Third Reich”, in which he presented and analyzed some of the ways in which Nietzsche’s philosophy was used for the political purposes of the German National Socialists. ... more