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What is
Crossing Borders
Without Crossing Borders

A CBWCB student sits at her desk, she has many books open in front of her, as well as a laptop. Her phone is in her left hand and she is smiling at the message from her intercultural virtual collaboration teammate.

The Project

Crossing Borders Without Crossing Borders (CBWCB) features an educational design that facilitates meaningful cross-cultural interactions from within diverse and inclusive teams, connecting students from around the world through intercultural virtual collaboration.

Students gain the skills and knowledge necessary for successful intercultural communication, collaboration, critical thinking, reflective skills, and understanding through learner centered instruction methods. These attitudes and skills are important for raising global citizens at home.

Preparation for a Globalized Workplace

Intercultural virtual teams provide an arena for students to develop the skills to effectively work in a globalized workplace. 

Those tools are applicable for any business or higher education institution that aims to adopt training strategies for culturally agile professionals.  

Two Crossing Borders Without Crossing Borders students work together on a computer. They are smiling.
An activist sign saying "Our future is in your hands!" Global citizens understand their responsibility for the well-being of humans and the environment, and behave accordingly.
Globally & Locally Relevant Assignments

Business cases provide opportunities for students to develop meta-skills for understanding the interconnectedness of aspects of our society and environment.


Every business case used in CBWCB is linked to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and incorporates examples directly from the professional field.

Have an idea for a business case related to the SDGs from an international perspective? Please contact us.

Diverse and Inclusive Teams

Through innovative and interactive sessions facilitated by teachers, students foster intercultural understanding, expand global perspectives, and develop the critical  thinking and reflection skills that will help them overcome intercultural challenges.

A screenshot of a CBWCB online meeting. 6 students and an instructor are pictured on the left side, Dr. Van Rompay-Bartels, Jannemieke Geesink, and student assistant Gioia Caravello are pictured on the right.


Picture of a virtual collaboration.
In-Class and Outside of Class

Students are encouraged to work at their own pace with their international teams to reach their shared goals successfully.


Developing intercultural understanding is key to preparing students for an increasingly global environment.

Sydney Wojcik, USA


"I learned to become more cognizant of my own cultural competencies and the cultural dimensions. Learning how to navigate through that whilst working with people from all over the world and actually becoming friends with them are the biggest benefits I got out of this collaboration."
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