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Virtual Exchange – COIL

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses

Did you know you can study with international peers around the world while registered in a KPU class? Register for one of the below elective courses.

What is a COIL course?

A KPU course with a COIL component is one that is designed with international engagement in mind. You will work with another classroom across the world, collaborating on projects, lectures, discussions, or joint material.  You’ll get to meet new friends from other universities, build intercultural communication skills, and learn from a global perspective.

Imagine: An intercultural communication class with a Mexican university where you work collaboratively with other students on a student magazine. A world history class with an Austrian university where you participate in a 3-week online discussion. An introduction to the Global Business Environment course where you’re working with 2 other students from Brazil on a business presentation.

Why should I take a COIL course at KPU?

  • Build global problem-solving capacity ​
  • Connect with classmates all around the world ​
  • Learn about the subject from another perspective ​
  • Earn KPU credits – no need for a transfer credit!

Fall 2021 COIL Classes

Course Code CRN No. Course Name Partner School Prerequisite(s) Course Schedule Instructor Contact
GLBL 2000 35898 Intercultural Engagement in Practice Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico) 18 credits from courses at the 1100 level or higher Tuesday 1:00-2:20pm (Online) Lesley McCannell
POLI 3131 35825 The Politics of Continental Integration Nottingham Trent University (UK) Any 18 credits of 1100-level or higher, including any 3 POLI credits Thursdays 9:00 - 10:30am (In-person); Thursday 9:00-11:50am (Online) Conrad King
ENGL 2300 35872 Writing in the Digital Age Nottingham Trent University (UK) ENGL 1100 and any 1200-level ENGL cours Wednesday 10:00am-12:50pm (In-person) Jennifer Hardwick

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Spring 2022 COIL Classes


Summer 2022 COIL Classes



The process of registering for COIL courses will be the same with regular course registration. Click here to register.  

Testimonial and Course Showcase

“I would love to have at least one COIL class every semester.  It really changed my whole academic experience and my personal life. I’ve been so eager to have that experience again… It really broadened my horizons.”  - SUNY COIL

“It was a great chance to apply course learnings in real life.  This ranged from challenging ways of thinking (e.g. my assumptions) as well as how I communicated - I learned to consider my audience and possible differences.” - KPU Anonymous Student

“Gave good practice working with a variety of people from different backgrounds.  Also gave experience working with international partners, which may likely be a part of my career.” - KPU Anonymous Student

"The course, however, was much more interactive than I expected, and I have not only learned to appreciate Mexico's culture and communication norms but also to stay friends with many of my groups' members who participated in the COIL collaborations...The organization and instruction of the course allowed us enough flexibility to apply course knowledge to real-world applications and to discover just how many layers a culture can have to interact with and value." Christopher Cutler, KPU Students

Below is the photo showing Christopher Culter interacting with students from KPU partner school, University of Monterrey (UDEM) during the COIL course. Check out their work here



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