Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

Newcomers and Nationalism

  • About the Course
  • Participants
  • Partnership Enquiries
  • More about our courses
  • Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange
  • Course manual
  • Video lectures
  • Online meeting room
  • Assignments

Exploring the Challenges of Belonging in Diverse Societies

This  Interactive Open Online Course invites youth from all over Europe and the Southern Mediterranean to learn together in an interactive, intercultural, online classroom.

Dates Mar 11 - May 17 2019

Duration 10 weeks

Language English

Application deadline Mar 04 2019

The societies we live in are becoming richly multicultural as people move to new countries in search of safety or economic prosperity. In the context of migration, participants will explore how nationality shapes our identity and rights and how to creatively cultivate belonging in our new ‘super-diverse’ societies.

Stimulated by video lectures from expert academics and practitioners produced by Migration Matters, participants exchange ideas and perspectives in a video-conference room 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+ Virtual Exchange digital Badges highlighting the skills achieved.

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 4 March 2019

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 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.

Login to your meetingroom


Assignment manual

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.

Assignment manual

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.

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 group

Submit here

Reflection journal

Individual reflection journals are a place to reflect honestly on valuable insights; strong feelings towards an issue; significant moments in the group process; or key turning points in your thinking. Your facilitator will help you to write your reflection journals by inviting you to start thinking about the questions at the end of each seminar.

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 receipt of a submission will be acknowledged by the course team but will not be accessible to fellow participants.

Submit here

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