Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

Newcomers and Nationalism

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

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.

Dates Oct 01 - Dec 07 2018

Duration 10 weeks

Language English

Application deadline Sep 24 2018

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.

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 2 September 24 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.
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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 participants to this programme you are asked to do two short assignments every week to help you go through the programme successully. View the Assignment manual for more details.

Assignment manual

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 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.

Submit here

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 the form.

Submit here

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