Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

European Refuge/es: Cultivating Diversity Together

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  • Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange
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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.

Dates Mar 12 - May 18 2018

Duration 10 weeks

Language English

Application deadline Mar 05 2018

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.

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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 5 March 2018

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.

Course manual

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

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Video lectures

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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Assignment manual

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. Review the assignment manual for more information.

Assignment manual

Video 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 the 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.

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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 the form.

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