Internationalisation for all through virtual exchange

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An introduction to an innovative virtual exchange programme, combined with hands-on experience.

This is session 1.6 of the Nuffic Congres. View all sessions.

What is this session about?

If universities want to ensure the education they offer is inclusive, they cannot rely on physical mobility alone to give all students an international experience. The Hague University of Applied Sciences has embedded virtual exchange (VE) into its programmes. This ensures that all students have the opportunity to develop intercultural skills. The exchange - sometimes referred to as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) - is embedded into the curriculum at course level.

This virtual way of international exchange is relatively new. It can help universities create a more diverse mindset among students. It is also a way for students who might not have the opportunity to go abroad, to develop the skills they need to work in intercultural and virtual teams.

We will give you an introduction to this innovative exchange programme and let you get some hands-on experience. You will also get an intercultural assignment to take home with you, to use in a future virtual exchange course at your own institution.

Who will benefit from this session?

  • teachers
  • lecturers
  • managers
  • policy advisors
  • staff of international offices
  • practitioners of virtual exchange

How will this session help you?

You will learn to use the ‘VE – COIL’ tool for internationalisation at home. The technology is already available and can help you start up or improve a virtual exchange project.

Type of session

Presentation and interactive session


  • Simone Hackett, international coordinator & senior lecturer, The Hague University of Applied Sciences
  • Reinout Klamer, international coordinator & senior lecturer, The Hague University of Applied Sciences

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Nuffic Congres 2019

10 oktober 2019 09:00 - 17:00
Van Nelle Fabriek, Rotterdam
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