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Durham University

Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

Virtual Exchange For Students

‘Virtual Exchange’, also known as 'COIL', is a type of education programme that uses technology to allow geographically-separated people to interact and communicate. A virtual exchange (VE) typically lasts between 2 and 10 weeks and is based around a particular theme or project. VE programmes are delivered by trained educators who facilitate a combination of asynchronous and synchronous (real-time), online interactions between participants to support them meet the learning outcomes of the virtual exchange. In a university context, VE enables students to exchange ideas and perspectives with international peers, helping them to develop interpersonal skills such as intercultural understanding, global citizenship and digital literacies, as well as making new friends in different countries and from diverse backgrounds

Current Virtual Exchange Programmes:

Durham's International Office endeavours to promote virtual exchange opprtunties which are free of charge to Durham students. In Spring 2021 the organisation Soliya will be offering two short programmes, as below. Please note these virtual exchanges are not affiliated to Durham and the university cannot provide comment on the content or learning objectives of the programmes, but Durham students are welcome to explore these extra curricular opportunities independantly if they wish to do so. Feedback from Durham students who took Soliya courses in 2020 has been very positive. If you are planning to sign up, or for more information, please contact Emma Moore, International Partnerships Officer -

Topic: What would a world without borders look like?

Date: April 5 to 16 2021

Application Deadline: March 21

Topic: What has been the impact of Covid-19 on our personal lives and psychological health ?

Date: June 7 to 18 2021

Application Deadline: May 23

To apply, and for further information, please check Soliya's website: