This article describes the research results and students' experiences from the International Software Development project study module implemented as a hybrid model in the spring of 2022. The University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO) organized the study course, and students from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (Haaga-Helia), Finland, also participated in it. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, educational institutions were forced to adapt to distance education quickly, affecting teaching and studying in many ways. Paradoxically, however, this distance learning requirement has created innovative opportunities for collaboration. New hybrid pedagogical approaches have been tested, leading to further "physical" learning spaces. The primary purpose of this International Software Development project study course shared by HES-SO and Haaga-Helia students was to enable them to participate in a real working-life cooperation project during their studies. An essential perspective in the cooperation was also to increase the students' international collaboration skills. During the study period, a survey was also conducted to better understand how the students’ computer science skills developed in different areas during the course.