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Diversity Inclusion for Social Cohesion

Are you interested in exploring the issues of race, culture, religion, sexuality, and disability with reference to anti-discriminatory principles in transnational contexts?

We offer a unique opportunity to participate in Diversity Inclusion for Social Cohesion (DISCO) Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme (BIP) and learn from experts from different countries. The inspiring programme consists of online workshops and collaborative teamwork with an intensive week in Helsinki, Finland.

The DISCO BIP is organised together with Diak’s partners VID Specialized University (Norway), EvH Bochum (Germany), University of Tartu (Estonia) and Charles University (Czech Republic), University of the Western Cape (South Africa) and University of Malawi.

Programme Content


  • Difference as social capital
  • Diversity and identity
  • Gender equality and sexuality
  • Culture, class and religion
  • Ability and disability
  • Anti-discrimination practice
  • Conviviality

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student is able to

  • reflect on their own personal background and be sensitive to diversity
  • develop skills in anti-oppressive practice and human rights-based approach
  • understand concepts in relation to sexual orientation, gender diversity, and gender sensitivity
  • understand interfaith dialogue, diversity in religions, and spirituality
  • know how to act to reduce and prevent racism and discrimination
  • develop skills to live together in local communities in solidarity

Learning Methods

Collaborative online teamwork with workshops and an intensive week in Helsinki, Finland.



Target Group

Suitable for both Bachelor and Master students


B2 English language level.


Schedule 11 Oct - 29 Nov 2024

  • Kick-off workshop in ZOOM
    Fri 11.10.2024 at 10-13 Germany, Norway / 11-14 Finland   
  • Workshop in ZOOM
    Fri 25.10.2024 at 10-13 Germany, Norway / 11-14 Finland
  • Intensive Week in Helsinki, Finland
    Mon 11.11.2024 – Fri 15.11.2024
  • Final workshop in ZOOM
    Fri 29.11.2024 10-14 Germany, Norway / 11-15 Finland 


Intensive Week in Helsinki


11-15 November 2024 with a daily program at 9:00-16:00.

When making the travel arrangements, please make sure to arrive in Helsinki by Sunday and leave earliest on Friday afternoon. The programme will start on Monday morning at 9:00 and finish on Friday afternoon at 16:00.

Optional Activities

Get-together and farewell dinners, social events and other activities will be organised in the evenings. Participation in these activities is voluntary.

Campus Location

Kyläsaarenkuja 2, FI-00580 Helsinki, Finland
Click here to read more about the campus

Public Transportation

We recommend downloading the HSL app to buy tickets and find the routes. This app can be used also for the train from the airport to the city centre. Alternatively, you can buy day tickets (for 1-7 days) e.g. from R-kiosks. Price examples: one-way-ticket 2,95€ and 5-day-ticket 27€.

Helsinki Journey Planner is a practical tool for finding public transportation routes and schedules.

From Helsinki central railway station, bus number 55 (departs from platform 3) stops in front of the campus building (stop Haukilahdenkatu). The journey takes 15 minutes.


Daily lunch is available at 12-13. The price for a warm meal is 2,95€/students and 8,50€/staff.
Click here to check the menu!


Participants will take care of their own housing arrangements. Diak’s international office will send the instructions to the participants after registration.

Recommended options are Hotel Arthur, Diana Park Hostel, Cheap Sleep Hostel, The Yard and Omena Hotel. The price is 30€-50€ per person per night depending on the shared room.


For staff and students from partner institutions, participation is supported by the Erasmus+ Mobility grant.


Student Registration

Partners will nominate the student participants by 1.9.2024. Please contact your international office for information about the application and selection.

The selected students will register for the BIP by completing the online registration form by 1.9.2024.




Diak will issue a Transcript of Records in English for all participants who have successfully completed the programme.

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