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Are you a member of staff of a distance teaching institution, and want to learn more about Virtual Exchange ? If so, read more.

General Information
One of the goals in creating the European Higher Education Area was mobility of students (and staff) throughout Europe. So far, this goal has relied mainly on the Erasmus scheme for its realisation, which, by its very nature, excludes many students who cannot physically move to another country either because of financial pressure, commitments in their home country, or physical disability. This group of excluded students is becoming ever larger with the emphasis on Lifelong Learning and the economic need to include as many European citizens as possible in Higher Education with an international dimension.

Virtual Exchange is an attempt by the European distance teaching institutions to facilitate mobility by devising a scheme which mirrors the physical Erasmus scheme, but does not require physical mobility on the part of students. It is useful for students already enrolled on distance programmes, for students in conventional institutions who wish to prepare themselves for a period of study abroad, or who wish to consolidate the experience of studying in a different culture, and also for those free spirits who wish to take advantage of the EHEA and create for themselves a European degree.

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How it works
Institutions wishing to offer their students an international experience by distance learning can get involved either by publishing their modules on the Epics portal or by selecting modules to supplement their curriculum from those already published on the Epics portal. 

1. Publishing

Step 1

Select a course/several courses from your own institution that you want to make available for international students

Step 2

Visit the EPICS-website and request a log-in to the administrative area.

Step 3

As soon as you have received your log-in you can access the administrative area and complete the course template.

Step 4

Submit the completed course template. Your course is now published via the EPICS database and can be found when using the search engine.

Step 5

An institution B interested to offer your course to their students in the Virtual Erasmus scheme will contact you.

Step 6

If you and institution B agree to provide your course/s to the B’s students, B downloads the Virtual Erasmus Agreement Form, completes it according to the guidelines provided and send sends it to the EADTU office.

Step 7

The form will then be sent by EADTU to you for completion.

Step 8

The completed original agreement has to be sent back to EADTU where it will be filed.

Step 9

Your courses are now visible as Virtual Erasmus courses.

2. Selecting

Step 1

Visit the EPICS website and search the database for courses from other institutions you might want to offer to your students in the Virtual Erasmus scheme.

Step 2

If you found an appropriate course/ appropriate courses contact the person responsible for the course (contact details available in the course description).

Step 3

If you and institution B agree to open the course to your students download the Virtual Erasmus Agreement Form, complete it according to the guidelines provided and send it to the EADTU office.

Step 4

The form will then be sent by EADTU to your Virtual Erasmus partner institution for completion.

Step 5

The completed original agreement has to be sent back to EADTU where it will be filed.

Step 6

The course is now visible as a Virtual Erasmus course to your student – on the EPICS website and via the customized Virtual Erasmus window at your institution.