Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange for Universities

Get Your University Involved

Click here to download a .pdf with information on how to get your university involved.

Training to Develop a Virtual Exchange Project

Embedding Virtual Exchange components into existing courses is one way to enrich existing programmes and promote internationalisation at home. In order to prepare educators to design and implement a Transnational  Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Projects (TEPs) together with a partner educator in another country, Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange is offering training that provides participants with the knowledge, experience and tools needed to successfully embed Virtual Exchange into existing courses.

The training courses run in a semester prior to the one in which you plan to implement a TEP. In order to participate, professors must complete a brief proposal by the deadline (see previous pages). More information can be found on this website.

Suggestions: Those that may be helpful in disseminating this information could be University Centres for Professional Development, directors of joint Master’s programmes, University Language Centres, International Offices, Heads of Departments, etc.


Online Facilitated Dialogue

Express your institution’s interest in having students enrol for Online Facilitated Dialogues that will take place in autumn 2018. Space is limited.

Your institution should identify interested professors who can integrate the Connect Program into an existing course as a required/graded part of your course by substituting an assignment. They should fill out this form for expressions of interest and staff will come back to them. The professors will then have their students enrol and ensure incentives for their participation, while Soliya will provide the platform, registration facility, the facilitators, the curriculum, reporting and evaluations. Alternatively, a stand-alone course can be created around a Connect Program.

Suggestions: The International Office, University Language Centre, Student Support/Inclusion offices may be good starting points for identifying interested staff and students.


Interactive Open Online Course on Nationalism and Diversity

This online course will start in October 2018, aiming to engage students from Europe and the Southern Mediterranean to consider the perspectives of newcomers in Europe and those that are moving towards a more nationalistic and anti-European sentiment. This Interactive Open Online Course will be composed of three elements: video lectures by experts; facilitated online seminars where students from a wide range of national and cultural backgrounds discuss their views, experiences and ideas; and an outreach assignment where they learn more about sentiments in their own communities.

The programme takes 10 weeks. If you are interested in offering this programme to your students, please email: before May 18 2018.


Students and professors completing the different Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange activities will be awarded Open Badges and/or Certificates.


Facilitation training can be offered as opportunities for virtual internships, as indeed several of our university partners have done. All Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange activities will include small group discussions facilitated by young people trained as Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange facilitators. Facilitators are multi-partial and neutral process leaders.  They seek to elicit self-group awareness and understanding by providing a safe and effective learning environment. Facilitators aim to arm participants with tools to hold an effective cross-cultural dialogue where participants learn about one another and themselves and are inspired to take this understanding beyond their participation in the project and into their communities. Learn more here.

If you are interested in adding Virtual Exchange opportunities to your portfolio of internships, contact us at


Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange is an important international opportunity for students who are not able to have a physical mobility experience, including students with special needs. We strongly recommend disseminating information about the opportunities available to university centres/offices that support students with special needs and/or those that address social inclusion.

Keep Connected on Social Media

Last but not least, we suggest you follow the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project on Twitter and on Facebook  to be kept updated of all the upcoming opportunities.

This flagship programme is established under a contract with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, financed by the European Union’s budget, and it is implemented by a consortium composed of Search for Common GroundAnna Lindh FoundationUNIMEDSharing Perspectives FoundationSoliyaUNICollaborationKiron Open Higher Education, and Migration Matters.

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