Fieldwork abroad was one of the projects of ENVOIE (University of Groningen, Netherlands)


– Main objectives of the Virtual Exchange

Preparing students for their visit to Chicago.

– Targeted learning outcomes

(1) to make students aware of cultural differences (between comparable social groups from different places; students in Groningen respectively Chicago); (2) improve their research proposals. (3) to stimulate longer lasting contacts between the UG and DePaul students, as the UG students would visit Chicago 3 months after the collaboration

– Global task description

UG students prepare for a research project by having 2 video-conferences with students from DePaul University, who function as local consultants. In the end, students write a short reflection report about the intercultural communication experienced.


Partner / department Course Language of instruction Number of students
DePaul University, Chicago, United States English
University of Groningen, Netherlands Fieldwork abroad English

Start and end date

January 2018 – April 2018


4 weeks


Cultural Geography

Integration and assessment

The research proposal the UG students create after having had videoconferences with their peers abroad is assessed based on its quality and integration of the feedback received.

Technology tools used

– Learning environment


– Collaboration tools

Blackboard Collaborate

– Reflection tool