Teaching and learning in international and thus intercultural contexts places special demands on the conception of trainings. The same holds true for online or distance learning. Taken together, both factors – training in an intercultural and online context – pose specific didactic and technical challenges. Against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic all international training programmes under the umbrella of the Higher Education Management Programme at FH Münster – University of Applied Sciences had to be held online. In the article on hand we share our experiences with online training for actors in the higher education area from developing and emerging countries and discuss its specific demands along the lines of common criteria for effective learning.