Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

Newcomers and Nationalism

Exploring the Challenges of Belonging in Europe

This “Newcomers and Nationalism: Exploring the Challenges of Belonging in Europe” interactive open online course invites refugees and non-refugee students from all over Europe and the Southern Mediterranean to learn together in an interactive, online classroom.

Students of this intercultural virtual exchange will explore belonging from the perspectives of newcomers in Europe and those that are moving towards a more nationalistic and anti-European sentiment. Asking: What attracts newcomers to Europe? What makes others want to move away from the European Union?

Stimulated by video lectures from Migration Matters from expert academics and practitioners, students exchange ideas and perspectives in a video-conference room and participate in an interactive assignment that brings the online experience to the offline reality. Students develop transversal skills such as self-esteem, curiosity and cross-cultural communication skills and will be awarded Erasmus+ virtual exchange badges highlighting the skills achieved.

This programme is part of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project which is part of 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 starts October 1 and ends December 7, 2018.

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.

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 journal

Individual reflection journal 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. To fill in your reflection diary, please use this form.

View the Assignment Manual online or dowload the PDF for more detailed information about the assignments of this programme.

Getting ready

Newcomers and Nationalism officially starts Monday 1 October, 2018. Learn more on what’s ahead through this short video:

Assignment Manual

Have a look at the Newcomers & Nationalism Assignment Manual online or download the PDF if you want to learn more about the assignments in this course.


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If you are interested in participating in future programmes or if you want to receive more information please contact:

Dr. Sophie Millner | Senior Partnerships Officer

Casper van der Heijden | Managing Director

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Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

The Nationalims and Newcomers 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.

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


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 curriculum for the 10 week programme?

The outline for the Newcomers and Nationalism 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 seminar group. Enrollment starts in August 2018.

What are the dates of the course?

The course is 10 weeks long. The course will begin on Monday 1st October 2018 and end on Friday 7th December 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 Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Badges.

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 are made available in an Assigment manual before the start of teh 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 it cost?

Participation in the programme is 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 17th September 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.