Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

Cultural Encounters 2020

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Perspectives on Populism

A new wave of anti-establishment politics and populist voices are gaining power around the world. Their often nationalist agendas claim to represent the will of the people and many feel a connection to this form of politics. Yet, what is the impact of this development on issues concerning migration, policies about borders or minority rights? Does it influence our sense of belonging, or the way we relate to each other in our increasing super-diverse societies? And does it affect processes of exclusion and our views of the ‘other’? Explore all of this and more, together with students from other countries and diverse cultural backgrounds.

Stimulated by video lectures from expert academics and practitioners, participants exchange ideas and perspectives as well as engage in an interactive assignment that brings the online experience to the offline reality.

Dates Mar 09 - May 17 2020

Duration 10 weeks

Language English

Application deadline Mar 02 2020

Weekly time investment
-> 2-4 hours weekly preparation and assignments -> 2 hours online group sessions -> Video-project assignment & optional further readings

‘Cultural Encounters: Perspectives on Populism’ is a 10-week course, where participants learn from expert academics and practitioners through an original lecture series. But more importantly, participants get the chance to exchange ideas and share perspectives with peers in online intercultural group session.

Watch this video to get a feel of how our flagship course works and what students can expect when participating:

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This course is open and free of charge to anyone between 18- 30 years old who is a national of or resident in one of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Project countries. 

The application deadline for prospective students is 2 March 2020

Registration is currently closed

Partnership Enquiries

Interactive Open Online Courses provide youth with the opportunity to learn both with and from their peers across cultural contexts and national boundaries. The facilitated online sessions are organized around relevant skill-building activities and discussing dynamic content provided by expert academics and practitioners.

If you are interested in offering this course to your students, volunteers in your organisation, or other eligible participants, please contact us. We are happy to offer more information and discuss possible partnership arrangements.

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More about our courses

Interactive Open Online Courses provide youth with the opportunity to learn both with and from their peers across cultural contexts and national boundaries in facilitated online meetings alongside relevant skill-building activities and dynamic content provided by expert academics and practitioners. These courses combine the deep impact of intercultural exchange with the broad reach of online learning to allow more young people to have meaningful intercultural learning experiences as part of their formal or non-formal education. Interactive Open Online Courses are part of Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange. This project provides an accessible, ground-breaking way for young people to engage in intercultural learning.

An innovative learning experience

Participants in the interactive courses are provided with the opportunity to:

  • Engage with youth from different countries, cultures and backgrounds in a virtual classroom;
  • Discuss topical themes on technological innovations, social identity and culture;
  • Learn from expert content and materials;
  • Improve language and communication skills;
  • Build 21st-century skills that improve employability, including the ability to work in a virtual and intercultural environment;
  • Gain an Erasmus+ digital badge and become an Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange alumni.
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Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

This Interactive Open Online Course is part of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project and as such produced under a contract with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, financed by the Union’s budget. The opinions expressed are those of the Sharing Perspectives Foundation, our partners and participants only and do not represent the European Commission’s official position.

© 2020 European Union and EACEA. All rights reserved. Certain parts are licensed under conditions to the EU and EACEA.
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Course manual

Here you find essential information about the curriculum, assignments and how to earn your badge.

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Video and Content

Review the weekly videos and content in preparation for your online session here and submit your video-lecture comment.

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Online meeting room

Click here to login to the Exchange Portal. Here you will find the meeting room for your weekly group sessions.

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Video lecture comment

Prior to your online group meeting each week, watch the week’s videos and then respond to at least one lecture with a comment, observation or question.

Submit here


At the end of each online session, you are invited to write 1 paragraph that reflects and records your experience of the day’s session. You will be directed to fill in a short online form answering the themed question of the week. The submission will be acknowledged by the course team but will not be accessible to fellow participants.

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Video dialogue project

In this assignment, you and your online group members will contribute to a region-wide video dialogue by engaging your peers on topics discussed in ‘Cultural Encounters’. You are currently in this unique setting where you are able to have a meaningful and challenging dialogue with each other about these important topics, but not everyone has chances like these. As a group, you’ll introduce your friends to each other and catalyze conversations among them.

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