Physical distance, but socially close

Many of us were confronted with earlier this year with sudden closures of universities, schools, travel restrictions and even lockdowns. Together with our partners of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange initiative, we were extra motivated to offer more opportunities for young people to connect and learn in safe, welcoming online environments.

Check out how some of our active Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange community members feel about Virtual Exchange during challenging times.

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