Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

Newcomers and Nationalism

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.

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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 here >>>



Prior to your online group meeting each weekwatch 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




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.


Course Overview

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.

‘Newcomers and Nationalism: Exploring the Challenges of Belonging in Diverse Societies’ is part of Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange;  a project under the Erasmus+ programme, providing an accessible, ground-breaking way for young people to engage in intercultural learning. Working with Youth Organisations and Universities, the project is open to any young person aged 18-30 residing in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean.

This course will run from March 11 – May 17, 2019


Check out this video to learn more about how this Interactive Open Online Course works.


About 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.


Questions about participation? Please contact:

Concerns about your registration? Please contact: 

For more information and partnership enquiries, please contact:
Dr. Sophie Millner | Senior Partnerships Officer




Who can participate?

This course is open to anyone between 18-30 years old who resides in any of the Erasmus+ programme countries or Southern Mediterranean countries. We specifically target students enrolled at one of our partner universities and organisations, but we value diversity and anyone in those countries between 18-30 can enroll in the programme. This programme is open to young people with and without a migrant background and people with a refugee status.

For more information about eligible countries, please visit the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Hub.

What is the weekly schedule like for participants?

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 online group meeting where you have the opportunity to explore the ideas raised in the lectures.

When are the virtual group meetings held?

The seminars take place from Monday to Thursday between 1 PM CE(S)T and 9 PM CE(S)T.

What are the dates of the course?

‘Newcomers and Nationalism’ is a 10-week course, which runs from March 11- May 17, 2019.

Is this course ECTS accredited?

Please contact your university coordinator about possibly receiving ECTS for this course.

Can I receive a certificate for my participation?

All students who successfully complete this course will receive Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Badges.

What are the assignments for this course?

Active participation in and preparation for weekly online meetings;

  • Conduct short video interviews to contribute to an intercultural video narrative & facilitate interaction between your peers;
  • 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 are made available in an Assigment 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 much does participation cost?

Participation in this course is free of charge.

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.

Are you interested in participating in this programme? Fill in the form below and we will contact you when the registration opens!

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