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SOLAL brings the world to our doorstep

Posted on Monday, July 17th, 2017

Crossways students in Algonquin Park 2017

Crossways in Cultural Narratives MA

SOLAL brings the world to our doorstep!

Congratulations are in order to the School of Languages and Literatures at the College of Arts. The European Erasmus Mundus agency has renewed its support for the Crossways in Cultural Narratives Master’s degree. This unique, international MA program enables students to build a pathway of study that includes at least a semester each at three Universities of their choice among the partner institutions.  The 3.04 million euro renewal, which runs from 2018 to 2024, includes funding for student scholarships, as well as support to facilitate research and teaching collaborations – funding travel by visiting scholars from the partner universities and teleconferencing initiatives. Margot Irvine, Acting Director of SOLAL says, “The Crossways students are phenomenal, multilingual, hugely engaged in their studies and excited to learn about the Canadian community.” While Crossways students are based in SOLAL, they participate in Guelph life and take courses across the College of Arts. The renewal of the partnership strengthens the international ties of the School, the College, and the University of Guelph, promotes Canadian arts and culture abroad, and brings the world to our doorstep. The renewal reflects the excellence of Crossways consortium, SOLAL as a partner, and the University of Guelph as a welcoming home base to students from all over Europe. In addition to Guelph, the partner universities are:

The University of Perpignan-via-Domitia (France, lead partner)

The University of Bergamo (Italy)

The University of Saint-Andrews (Scotland)

The University of Sheffield (U.K.)

The University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

Nova Lisboa University (Portugal)

Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland)

University of Tubingen (Germany, new partner)


Associated partner universities:

University de Tres Febrero (Argentina)

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil, new associate partner)

Iberoamericana University (Mexico City)


The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.