Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

Cultural Encounters:
Perspectives on Populism

‘Cultural Encounters: Perspectives on Populism’ is the flagship Interactive Open Online Course by Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange. In this 10-week course, participants learn with, and from, their peers in online sessions, as well as from expert academics and practitioners through customized lecture series.

Register now for the autumn semester running from 14 October – 20 December 2019! 

The deadline to register is September 29, 2019. 

Course Overview

  • Autumn semester: October 14- December 20, 2019*
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Language: English
  • Registration deadline: September 29, 2019.

Participants in this Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange course explore the new wave of anti-establishment politics gaining power around the world. Taking an often nationalist agenda, their policies are reshaping our relationship to neighbouring countries and cultures. These political regimes claim to speak for the people and many people feel a connection to this form of politics so what is the appeal and what is the impact on democracy?

Stimulated by video lectures from expert academics and practitioners, participants exchange ideas and perspectives through Virtual Exchange and engage in an interactive assignment that brings the online experience to the offline reality. Participants develop transversal skills such as self-esteem, curiosity and cross-cultural communication skills and will be awarded Erasmus+ digital Badges highlighting the skills achieved.

See the COURSE OUTLINE for a weekly breakdown of the topics and more >>>

Curious what participants in this course can expect? Check out this video:



*Another iteration of this course will run in Spring, from  March 9 – May 15 2020

Registration is now open

Registration for the autumn semester is now open! Register on the Exchange Portal HERE >>>

The deadline to register is September 29, 2019.

Participation in the Interactive open Online Courses is open and free of charge to all youth between the age of 18-30, residing in one of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange programme countries


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For higher education and youth organisations

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 meetings 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.

Please contact Senior Partnerships Officer Dr. Sophie Millner:

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.

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