Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

Cultural Encounters 2019
Perspectives on Populism

Autumn semester 2019 of ‘Cultural Encounters: Perspectives on Populism’ has started. Welcome participants!

On this page, you find all necessary links, resources and information needed to make a success out of your participation in this course.

*important things*

  •  Make sure you receive and read the weekly course emails (check your spam folder if you did not receive them)
  •  Have a look at the section ‘Getting Ready’ below for the basic information you need to know
  • Don’t forget to submit your assignments via the links on this page under ‘Weekly Assignments;
  •  Questions? go to the section ‘Contact’ to reach out to the course team.

Weekly Assignments | SUBMIT HERE >

As a participant of this course, you are asked to submit two short assignments every week to make your participation a success. For details see the ASSIGNMENT MANUAL >>>



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.




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.


Course Overview

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

‘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.

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 >>>

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

Getting ready

Did you successfully register? Congratulations!

‘Cultural Encounters: Perspectives on Populism’ officially starts with the first online group meeting in the week of October 14. You can prepare for the course in these 3 simple steps:


Step 1: Watch this short video as a general introduction 


Step 2: read the COURSE OUTLINE  and the ASSIGNMENT MANUAL>>>


Step 3: Get familiar with the Exchange Portal, where your online group meetings* will take place. Check out this video to see how it works.  *Please note that your group meeting room will not yet be visible until a few days prior to your first scheduled meeting.



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:

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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.

© 2018 European Union and EACEA. All rights reserved. Certain parts are licensed under conditions to the EU and EACEA.


How can I find out what my schedule is for the online group meetings?

Participants receive the time and date for the online group session via an email with the subject ‘Schedule information’ sent by ‘’.  Every week you also receive a session reminder with details on the time, your group number and student number.

Where do I find my student number and how should I use it?

You are assigned a personal student number for this course, starting with the letters ‘CE’. You need this to submit your assignments. This number is in all the course emails, like your session reminder.

What are the assignments for this course?

All assignments and requirements can be found in the Assignment Manual.

How am I assessed in this course?

Assessment is based on the satisfactory participation in, and completion of, the above assignments. Grading criteria are made available in an Assignment Manual before the start of the course. Grading is based on a Pass/Fail system unless your university requires otherwise. Please consult with your university coordinator on this issue.

How do I get into my meeting room?

You access the online group meeting by going to the Exchange Portal, clicking on the group number on the left corner under your profile picture. See this video for a tutorial on how to access your online meeting room. Please log in to the Exchange Portal and go to your meeting room a few minutes before the official start of the session.

What equipment and software do I need to participate in this Virtual Exchange?

You will need access to a computer in a quiet location. We recommend using a USB-headset to eliminate surrounding noises and ensure that you can hear your fellow students clearly and that they can hear you. You will also need an up-to-date version of Adobe Flash. Once you have been accepted onto the course we will provide you with further technical instructions and assistance.

Can I receive a certificate for my participation?

All students who successfully complete this course will receive Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Badges. A badge is a digital certificate that can’t be lost and has more validity than a paper certificate.