ENLIVE: the ENLIGHT Network Language and Intercultural Virtual Exchange

ENLIVE is a cultural exchange program between University of Bordeaux students and other students in the ENLIGHT* network.

  • 21/09/2021

ENLIVE brings together students from across university levels and disciplines to engage in weekly synchronous discussions in an English. The program aims to develop students’ abilities to engage in dialogue in an intercultural context, while developing their cultural sensitivity and awareness and skills in digital content creation. Working collaboratively, students build relationships, discuss current social issues and design and disseminate a micro social media campaign.

A first pilot edition in Spring 2021…

Launched end 2020, the program is designed and coordinated by Laüra Hoskins (Associate Professor of English) of the Espace Langues, a center for language learning and intercultural exchange at the University of Bordeaux.

Amid the pandemic context, an 8-week initiative was organized in Spring 2021. Students met virtually in groups of 8-12 for weekly conversation. This first crop of campaigns explored topics such as gender and education or science denial and anti-science movements. In total, 63 students from seven** European universities completed the exchange that was facilitated by seven teachers from the University of Bordeaux.

…with very positive feedback!

Initial feedback has been highly positive - out of the 59 students that answered the end-of-course survey, 57 said they enjoyed participating in the project and would recommend it to other students.

Student feedback

I improved my English skills, met great people, with whom I hope to stay in touch and broadened my horizons regarding other perspectives on culturally sensitive topics.”

This exchange was very interactive which made it both educational and super fun to do.”

The ENLIVE experience was excellent… I deepened my knowledge of other cultures, built teamwork skills and got to produce a piece of media on a topic I was interested in.”

Next edition planned for Fall 2021

Registration for the Fall edition is open until the 20th October, targeting participating undergraduate and postgraduate students from ENLIGHT universities. For this next edition, ENLIVE will double its capacity to 120 students and run for 6 weeks between 8 November and 17 December 2021. The Espace Langues will be collaborating with ZESS (Central facility for languages and key qualifications), a partner structure at the University of Göttingen, in order to upscale ENLIVE after the initial pilot. The range of topics for students to work on will also be widened to include:

  • Body image and social media 
  • Climate change and youth activism 
  • Disability in society
  • Diversity on screen 
  • Gender and education 
  • Science denial and anti-science movements

The University of Bordeaux’s International Week, taking place from the 19th – 21st October 2021, will shine a spotlight on the program, with a virtual exchange forum (19th October) that will invite previous and future ENLIVE participants. For more information, stay tuned to the ENLIGHT website where more details and registration links will be published shortly.


Founded in 2019 and selected in July 2020 under the Erasmus+ call for European Universities Initiatives, ENLIGHT stands for "European university Network to promote equitable quality of Life, sustainability and Global engagement through Higher education Transformation". Bringing together the University of Bordeaux along with eight other universities from the four corners of Europe, the alliance pursues an ambitious strategy for educational and research transformation in order to innovate methods of dealing with global, societal challenges. The strategy defines and addresses five main flagship challenges which are key determinants of societal well-being and sustainability: health and well-being, climate action, digital innovation, equity, energy transition and circularity.

> Consult the website

** Université de Bordeaux, Universiteit Gent, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Tartu Ülikool, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, National University of Ireland Galway, Univerzita Komenského


Laüra Hoskins
Associate Professor of English