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Commonwealth Virtual Exchange: addressing global challenges through intercultural collaboration

Students at selected universities are invited to join an eight-week learning programme to develop in-demand employability and leadership skills.

03 Oct - 30 Nov 2022

The Commonwealth Virtual Exchange (CVE) will help students apply and develop intercultural and entrepreneurial skills to address a global challenge.

Students at selected universities are invited to join an eight-week learning programme to develop in-demand employability and leadership skills. For the first seven weeks, you will connect online with students from 10 ACU member universities. In the final week, you will have the opportunity to meet in-person with students who are based in your own country. Starting on 3 October, the Commonwealth Virtual Exchange (CVE) is aimed at students looking to help bring about positive change and find solutions to the shared challenges we face.

International collaboration is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and by bringing students together from around the world, the CVE will provide a space for you to connect, collaborate and exchange ideas. You will not only work together to explore several global challenges linked to the SDGs - including global health and climate change – you will also exercise leadership, team-work and problem-solving skills to come up with an innovative business idea to address a challenge.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to participate in a new and exciting virtual exchange programme and leave with new global connections and perspectives.

Over the course of 8-weeks, you can expect:

  • Engaging and challenging group project work
  • Networking opportunities
  • Intercultural sessions
  • Talks by academic experts
  • Development of intercultural competencies and entrepreneurial skills

The ACU has a strong track record of delivering impactful and transformative international opportunities for students across the Commonwealth. 

It’s important for students from across the Commonwealth and beyond to collaborate because through collaboration we can share diverse, cross-cultural knowledge on the important issues affecting humanity globally. We all have our unique experiences, skills, and expertise. These strengths can be realised when we collaborate and work together for the general good of humanity.

- ACU Summer School 2020 delegate.

Who can apply?

In order to apply, students must be a current undergraduate student at one of the participating ACU member universities.

The ACU seeks, encourages and supports the participation of students from a wide range of institutions and groups currently underrepresented in international study opportunities.

The event is multi-disciplinary and there are no academic prerequisites. The programme is appropriate both for those studying fields related to the SDGs, and students from other fields who are interested in how they can apply their discipline to the themes.


The ACU, with additional sponsorship from the Northern Consortium, will fund students from the participating member universities to take part in the programme. Participants who do not have access to Wi-Fi will be able to apply for a grant to fund the data costs needed for them to participate. While the programme is free to attend, the 50 participants will be chosen as part of a competitive selection process.

How to apply

If you match the above criteria and study at one of the institutions below, please contact the CVE contact at your university. You can find details of this below.

Meet the universities

The Commonwealth Virtual Exchange programme draws on the expertise of senior specialists from the University of Malaya, Malaysia, and Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India, in close collaboration with the other participating universities.

Contact details



The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Alternative contact:

National Law University Delhi

O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU)

Sheffield Hallam University


The University of East London

The University of Edinburgh

Universiti Malaya

Alternative contact:

The University of Western Australia

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