Virtual exchange

Internationalisation through virtual exchange

On this page you will find links with inspiration, tools and examples of internationalisation through virtual exchange


Current issue!

Apply for 3 000 SEK for a virtual mobility within the Erasmus programme

Has the pandemic put an end to your international collaborations, teaching assignments and professional development?

Through offering Erasmus funds for virtual mobility, such as a teaching visit or staff training activity, we wish to contribute to internationalisation at home and further collaboration within the Erasmus+ programme continues.

Target group: Linnaeus University teachers, doctoral students and support staff (administrative staff).

Activities that are included: Teaching and staff training (e.g. particiapation in a workshop, course or job shadowing.

Valid countries: EU:s 28 member states as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.

Host organisation: For teaching mobility – a higher education institute where we have an Erasmus agreement. For staff training – a higher education institute (agreement not necessary), organisation or company. 

Conditions: Minimum 2 days. For teaching – at least 8 hours teaching per week. 

Funds: 3 000 SEK per conducted virtual mobility. Funds will be transfered to the department/office after the mobility. 

How do I apply?

Use one of below links depending on the activitiy you wish to apply for. It is the same online-application as for a physical mobility. You will need approval from nearest manager as well as the host organisation. All applications that meet the conditions will be approved! 

Inforation and link to application for an Erasmus teaching assignment (for teachers and doctoral students)

Information and link to applicaton for an Erasmus staff training acticity (for teachers, doctoral students and support staff)


Virtual international exchange in courses, so-called COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) typically involve the co-development of a course module by at least two teachers from different countries/institutions, in order for the students to gain international and intercultural learning on a common area of focus. Through the use of Internet-based tools and innovative online pedagogies, COIL fosters meaningful exchanges between university-level teachers and students with peers in geographically distant locations and from different linguacultural backgrounds. 

Students learn about new approaches to old problem solving. Digital technology is used to bridge the distance that separates countries and partners. Forms of interaction can include online discussion groups, videoconferences, class to class meetings, and online workgroup projects.  The projects can vary in length and format, from semester length projects to projects lasting only a few weeks, and from synchronous to asynchronous communication.

COIL fosters Internationalisation at Home and provides an internationalisation that is sustainable and inclusive. During 2020, Linnaeus University provides strategic internationalisation funds for COIL-projects carried out with Linnaeus University international partner institutions.

What is virtual exchange/COIL and how do you go about it?

Alastair Creelman, e-learning specialist at the university library explains in this webinar what virtual exchange ist and Malgorzata Kurek from Jagiellonian University in Poland provides good examples, tips and advise on how to go about virtual exchange.

See the webinar here (in English)

PPT Virtual Exchange - challenges and opportunities (Alastair Creelman, UB.

PPT Virtual Exchange - practical tips (Malgorzata Kurek, Jagiellonian University).