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Concept and sample modules for a centralised intercultural online-training for European outgoing students

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1.) In their feed-back forms Erasmus and Leonardo students often attribute any failures during
their stay abroad (study or internship) to a lack of intercultural preparation before and during
their stay.
2.) International offices often do not have the time or resources to provide pre-departure training
for all outgoing students as they are preoccupied with the very complex administrative aspects
of the exchange (visas, accommodation, scholarship forms, etc.).
3.) Most sending institutions in Europe do not have sufficient numbers of outgoing students to
provide ongoing preparatory training throughout the academic year.

This paper aims to provide ideas, concepts and specific examples for a centralised approach to
intercultural online training for outgoing students before and during their stay abroad. The idea is
that the students can benefit from such courses starting anytime up to three months prior to their
departure and continuing during their stay. The online training is designed to connect European
students through the new media in an interactive peer-learning community which favours
explorative and experiential learning.

Proposed course structure:
The establishment of a central (European) virtual campus for the intercultural training of outgoing
students (e.g. Leonardo, Erasmus, etc.) in accordance with the following guiding principles:

- Learning is supported by online learning communities
- Course aims at peer-to-peer experiential learning not at knowledge transfer from
teachers to students
- Permanent guidance through two online tutors (course directors)
- Easy access through a professional online learning environment with password
- International mix of students from participating partner universities
- Modules clearly inspired by real life experiences of outgoing students
- Modular course structure which allows flexible learnin
- Enrolment possible at short notice every two weeks – at the start of each new module
- Repetition of series of modules after three months
- Progress monitoring through an online portfolio system guided by course tutors and finally presented to the sending institution
- progress monitoring through an online portfolio system guided by course tutors and finally presented to the sending institution
- Course Certificate and ECTS-recognition as part of the stay abroad