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Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)

Try COIL with an international faculty partner and have your students work on a project with students from another country.

COIL is an approach that brings students and professors together across cultures to learn, discuss, and collaborate as part of their class. Professors partner to design the experience and students partner to complete the activities designed. COIL becomes part of the curriculum, enabling all students to foster their global competencies through an intercultural learning environment that links classes in different countries. Using various communication technologies, students from different countries complete shared assignments and projects, with faculty members from each country co-teaching.

Professors Work Together to

  • Define student learning goals
  • Determine the length of the interaction
  • Design comparative and collaborative activities
  • Select methodology and technology tools for collaboration
  • Monitor student work and learning

Students Work Together to

  • Develop effective international/intercultural teams
  • Discuss course assignments and content
  • Complete a project-based activity as part of their coursework
  • Reflect on both the academic content of the course and the intercultural exchange that takes place

Progression of a COIL Module

COIL Module

Application/Expressions of Interest Deadline

Teaching COIL in... 


Summer 2022 

January 31, 2022 

Fall 2022 

April 15, 2022 

Spring 2023 

August 15, 2022 

Summer 2023 

Jan 31, 2023 

Faculty will need nearly a full term of preparation time before beginning to co-teach with their global partner. This time is used to participate in COIL training and prepare the activities and technology that will be used.

Get Started

To express interest, gain more information, and assistance with international partner search, please contact in the Office of Global Engagement.


May 27st, 2021 @10:00-11:00am PDT - Office of Global Engagement hosted a COIL Information Session on how COIL can support students in building global competencies through an intercultural learning environment that links classes in different countries. Topics including what is it, how does it work, and how to make it happen were covered in the session. Check the video below for more information.

Sponsored Training

Faculty interested in participating in the KPU COIL Program will be invited to join a series of workshops led by an experienced Virtual Exchange Consultant, this training is offered through the West Coast Virtual Exchange Institute at Langara College. Through these workshops, faculty will have the opportunity to learn and share ideas, resources, and strategies with their international partner. The training is offered three times per year, once per term.

2021 and 2022 projects: As this new initiative develops and funding permits, faculty members will be sponsored by the Office of Global Engagement to enroll in the COIL training workshops mentioned above. The Faculty Mobility Fund will support this. Spaces are limited. 

Workshop dates for Sping 2022 are currently posted online.

Eligible or Suitable Courses

COIL courses are not limited to the courses containing internationally-focused or intercultural content. COIL courses can and have been implemented in Science, Design, Technology, and other disciplinary contexts as well. To develop a COIL course, the key thing for you to consider is whether your course has content that lends itself well to students working collaboratively in international groups. If so, the intercultural experiences can thus become an overlay to the existing course syllabus.

In addition to the curriculum, some important considerations that need to be taken into account when planning a COIL course include time zones, academic terms, language of instruction, academic level, access to information, and technology, etc.

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