Erasmus Leadership Academy will be back in September 2021!

Our last cohort of the academic year is over, but don't be sad, we are coming back in September 2021 to start the new academic year 2021-2022 ready to lead!

Discover the type of leader you can be!

Created in collaboration with AIESEC and Extraordinary Life, the Erasmus Leadership Academy aims to make you a proactive and effective leader of your personal life, your current or future teams, and be able to deal with challenging situations. We will guide you and assist you to build self-awareness, communication, and team management skillset.
Week 1: Self-discovery & Management

You will meet your instructor and establish a comfortable group. You will reflect on own strengths, weaknesses, values and personality traits.

Week 2: Team Creation

Team values, roles and personality traits. Leadership requires us to have followers. What is a good follower? How to establish a good connection with them?

Week 3: Team Management

You will learn different leadership styles, how to motivate individuals in your team and how to set goals with them. We will discuss coaching and accountability.

Week 4: Effective communication, emotions and charisma

Effective communication increases cohesion and makes decision making easier. You will learn how charisma guides the communication process.

Week 5: Assertiveness, Confidence & Negotiation

You will learn about the effects of confidence, how to create firm boundaries and how to negotiate effectively. 

Week 6: Crisis Management & Your Future Leadership Journey

Challenging and unpredictable situations need proactive and solution-oriented leaders. Your last challenge: self-reflection and a setting up a concrete action plan.


Who is this course for?

This course is most optimal for students that aspire or are currently in a leadership position. Whether it is leading a small project team within a student association, start-up, initiative, or aspiring future leader, this course will empower you to be an organized, inspiring and effective leader.

Last year’s course was completed by 64 participants, who gave an average rating of 8.4 overall course satisfaction.

The content was engaging and an absolute addition to my learning experience. The amount of study material was sometimes challenging next to my regular studies. The more time you are able to invest in the preparation of the learning material, the more you will get out of it!



The course content, very interesting and comprehensive, coupled with its structure, oriented towards group interaction, resulted in a great learning experience. I would totally recommend it because it gave me the opportunity to learn useful theories and concepts in a fun and practical way.




We believe that to become a better leader, you need to learn how to lead yourself first.

What makes a good leader? How to be one? What does it mean to be a leader?

There are no simple answers to these questions. But one thing is sure: in times of crisis, right leaders are needed more than ever. Our ultimate goal is to make you a proactive and effective leader of your personal life and for your teams!


Sessions will be led by a team of experienced trainers. On each session, you can expect at least two of them facilitating the exercises, discussions, and sharing their experiences.

Niek van Disseldorp       

Niek has a passion for self-development and public speaking. In 2019, he set up the EL Association to bring a new message to university students. This message is radically honest, entails stepping outside the comfort zone and creates a sense of belonging. After an amazing board year with the team, he biked from Rotterdam to Zurich to pursue his exchange. In Switzerland he set up the first international branch of Extraordinary Life. Niek is characterised by going against the grain, caring for improvement and discipline. Niek is back this year to lead our online Leadership Academy.

Emma de Jager       

Emma is a bachelor in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her experience with leadership and public speaking started with AIESEC in Rotterdam, where she is currently doing a board year as the Local Committee President. Here, she aims to inspire young people to become the best possible versions of themselves and to help them reach their full potential. Emma is passionate about self-development and wants to help people to reach beyond the boundaries of their comfort zone for them to become the leaders she believes everyone can be.

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The course

The courses will be taught via Zoom. Your teacher will send you the Zoom link before the lessons

In addition to the 12 hours of class, there are homework modules on Canvas. These can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours per week, depending on how much time you want to put in. The more time you invest in this course, the more you will get out of it!

Yes, you will get our beautiful ELA certificate in PDF format. You need to attend the 5 out of 6 weeks of class, complete the final assignment and fill-out the end of the program survey. The certificate will be sent by the end of April.

Conditions to apply

You can sign up for any of our available courses until March 1st at midnight. You just need to fill up the form. We will contact you to confirm your participation in the course. Spots are limited. For this cohort, we will keep it simple: first come, first served.

Because of the current situation, all of our courses are hold fully online through the CANVAS platform, therefore you need to be an EUR students or fresh alumni with a valid ERNA ID.


No! Trainings are 100% free of charge. The whole LifeVersity project is possible thanks to the support of Community for Learning and Innovation and Students-4-Students. All we ask it's for you to commit to finish the course.

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