European Refuge/es: Cultivating Diversity Together

European Refuge/es is the first Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange programme implemented by the Sharing Perspectives Foundation. The aim of this programme is to bring together refugee and non-refugee youth across Europe to discuss what it means to be a citizen in Europe. Jointly they will develop a (counter) narrative to combat stigmatisation and foster mutual understanding.

Europe is in flux. The repercussions following the recent refugee ‘crisis’ are being felt across Europe. The situation has triggered strong reactions at both political and civil society levels including rises in right wing nationalist politics; nation states retreating from Europe as epitomised by Brexit; and strengthened civil society movements.

The aim of our programme is to promote understanding between European residents and refugee newcomers by understanding their experiences. We achieve this by discussing issues affecting both communities and what it means to be a citizen in Europe in facilitated online seminars that foster trust and mutual understanding. We connect refugees and non-refugees directly as personal encounters lead to the development of genuine relationships and allow young people to speak for themselves encouraging them to take ownership over the narrative that is prevalent in discussions across Europe.

During ten weeks participants from refugee and non-refugee background across European and South Mediterranean countries follow webinars from expert academics and practitioners in the field. Participants meet weekly in small groups in our tailored virtual classroom to explore their perspectives on the refugee ‘crisis’ and what it means to be a citizen in Europe. All participants jointly participate in video-project whereby they interview a peer through which they facilitate the interaction between peers across Europe.

Weekly Assignments - submit here

Weekly Assignments

As participants to this programme you are asked to do two short assignments every week to help you go through the programme successully and to prepare for your final reflection essay at the end of the programme. These two assignments are:

Submit your weekly lecture comment

Prior to your seminar meeting each week, watch the week’s videos and then respond to at least one lecture with a comment using this form. Comments should be 1-2 paragraphs in length. Your response shouldn’t be a summary, but instead should demonstrate you grappling with the concepts, questions, and implications in the lecture. Feel free to include questions of your own that you would like to discuss further with your seminar group.

Submit your weekly reflection diary

Individual reflection diaries are designed to be a personal record of your experience over the programme. They are a place to reflect on the issues, ideas and feelings that arise during the weekly seminar. Over the 10-weeks, this will create a record of your development on the issues we address and your experience of the virtual exchange process. The reflection diaries are a highly valuable resource as they form the foundation of your final reflection assignment. To fill in your reflection diary, please use this form.

View the Assignment Manual for more detailed information about the assignments of this programme.

How do I learn more

Course outline

The outline for the EUROPEAN REFUGE/ES course can be found on this webpage. You can also view the FAQ section below that answers most common questions.


If you are interested in participating in this upcoming programme or if you want to receive more information please contact us.

Dr. Sophie Millner | Senior Partnerships Officer

Casper van der Heijden | Managing Director

As a participant, please contact us at

Erasmus+ virtual exchange

The European Refuge/es virtual exchange programme is part of the Erasmus+ virtual exchange 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.


Programme partners

The design of the curriculum and management of the programme is coordinated by the Sharing Perspectives Foundation in close collaboration with participating universities and refugee organisations. Below is a list of partner organisations and universities and their respective coordinators for inquiries about accreditation at your university.

Participating universities & partner organisations

  •  BELGIUM – Vesalius College Brussels
    Coordinator: Joachim Koops:
  •  CROATIA – University of Pula
    Dr Nataša Urošević:
  •  ESTONIA – University of Tartu
    Anna Beitane:
  •  FINLAND – Network for European studies at the Helsinki University
    Leena Malkki:
  •  FRANCE – Bordeaux University
    Joanne Pagèze:
  •  FRANCE – Paris Descartes University
    Marie-Annick Mattioli:
  •  GERMANY – Kiron Open Higher Education
    Maria Bloecher:
  •  GERMANY – Osnabrück University
    Bediz Yilmaz:
  •  GERMANY – University of Bamberg
    Vérane Meyer:
  •  GREECE – Aristotle university of Thessaloniki
    Theodore Chadjipadelis:
  •  HUNGARY – Corvinus university in Budapest
    Péter Marton:
  •  IRELAND – Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin
    Gillian Wylie:
  •  IRELAND – University of Limerick
    Florence Le Baron-Earle:
  •  ITALY – Bologna University
    Giulia Fabini:
  •  ITALY – Next generations Global Studies group, University of Padova
    Francesca Helm:
  •  NETHERLANDS – Utrecht Centre for International Studies
    Brianne McGonigle:
  •  NETHERLANDS – University of Groningen
    Erin Wilson:
  •  POLAND – AGH, Krakau
    Maria Stojkow:
  •  POLAND – SWPS University of Social Sciences & Humanities Warsaw
    Radosław Stanczewski:
  •  PORTUGAL – ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
    Melanie Vauclair:  
  •  NORWAY – University of Oslo
    Thomas Schubert:
  •  SLOVAKIA – Comenius University of Bratislava
    Erik Láštic:
  •  SLOVAKIA – Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts
    Dagmar Kusá:
  •  SPAIN – University of Granada
    Ignacio J. Blanco:
  •  SPAIN – University of León
    Robert O’Dowd:
  •  TURKEY – Koç University, Istanbul
    Tuğçe Şatana:
  •  UK – University of Bradford
    Owen Greene:
  •  UK – University of East London
    Aura Lounasmaa:
  •  UK – University of Leicester
    Raj Patel:



What is the curriculum for the 10 week programme?

The outline for the EUROPEAN REFUGE/ES course can be found on this webpage.

What is our weekly schedule?

Each week there will be 3-5 online lectures to watch (approximately 30 min in total). You will also join your fellow students in a 2 hour virtual seminar where you have the opportunity to explore the ideas raised in the lectures.

When are the virtual seminars held?

The seminars take place from Monday to Thursday between 1 PM CE(S)T and 9 PM CE(S)T. Once you have registered your availability by filling in the online enrolment form on this webpage we will assign you to your new EUROPEAN REFUGE/ES seminar group. Enrollment starts in January 2018.

What are the dates of the course?

The EUROPEAN REFUGE/ES course is 10 weeks long. The course will begin on Monday 12th March 2018 and end on Friday 18th May 2018.

Is this course ECTS accredited?

Your university coordinator can advise you on this value.

Can I receive a certificate for my participation?

All students who successfully finish the programme will receive a Sharing Perspectives Foundation EUROPEAN REFUGE/ES Certificate which formally recognises your achievement and completion of the course.

What are the assignments for this course?

Active participation in and preparation for weekly seminars;

  • Conduct short video interviews to contribute to a European-wide video narrative & facilitate interaction between your peers across Europe;
  • Weekly comments on video lectures;
  • Individual reflection diary;
  • Final reflection piece
How am I assessed in this course?

Assessment is based on the satisfactory participation in, and completion of, the above assignments. Grading criteria for each assignment are linked in the programme outline. Grading is based on a Pass/Fail system unless your university requires otherwise. Please consult with your university coordinator on this issue.

How much does it cost?

Participation in the programme EUROPEAN REFUGE/ES free of charge.

I have filled in my Sharing Perspectives Foundation enrolment form and I have enrolled for this course at my university – what do I do now?

Once you have officially enrolled at your university and you have filled in your availability using the Sharing Perspectives Foundation online enrolment form we will contact you in the week of Monday 26th February 2018 to assign you to your seminar group for the programme and with instructions for the next steps.

What equipment and software do I need to participate in this virtual exchange programme?

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.

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