Virtual Global Learning – Outbound


Below is information about virtual global opportunities. Go here to read about the benefits of virtual opportunities, and why they are worth it! If you are interested in participating please email to speak to a Study Abroad Coordinator at KPU. 

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Opportunities: KPU courses with international joint projects

Click HERE* for more details. *Application process and funding is different from other programs listed on this page.

Extracurricular Language & Culture Programs

  • Global Indigenous Learning Experience

    Are you an Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) student at KPU? Join a 4-week virtual international learning exchange between Indigenous students at KPU and Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia.

  • Language & Culture Opportunities

    Explore the world through global engagement opportunities directly lead from our partner institutions around the world. Improve your language and culture skills, become a global citizen and network with students from another country.

    *This page is being updated each semester with new virtual opportunities to apply and participate in.

Virtual Internship Programs

  • Costa Rica Global Learning Programs (CR GLP)

    Learn Spanish and Costa Rican culture in this remote internship program that supports non-profit organizations.  

  • GVI - Sustainability Focus

    Be part of GVI's remote internship program that has a focus on environmental and sustainability issues. 

  • Absolute Remote Internship Program #absolutetribe

    Be part of Absolute's remote internship program that is well known for professional industry connections.

How to Apply

Contact Sarah Burn (Study Abroad Coordinator) at or book an appointment via Advisor Connect to speak about these opportunities and if you have any questions. Make sure you email us before the deadline so that we have time to assist you with your application.

For greater chance of acceptance, please complete the application steps by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be accepted, and will then be moved to the next application period. 


  1. Application form: 

    • Be sure to read all the information and complete all the sections.  
  2. Unofficial Transcript
    • Here is a youtube video of how to save your transcript from your OSS account as a pdf. Email in for submission. 
  3. References

We look forward to supporting you with your virtual experience and having you be a KPU Study Abroad participant! 

Funding & Awards

For a successful application it is important that you:

1.      Read all the information carefully and complete all the requirements
2.      Submit the application and required documents in by the deadline to
3.      Email and meet with a Study Abroad Coordinator to confirm your plans and ask any questions International Insurance Student Global Mobility Fund – See the World with KPU

The GMF funds are available to both international and domestic KPU students. Click here to learn more about how this funding may cover up to 100% of the tuition or program fees of virtual exchange experiences. Message  if you have any questions. 

Access to Global Learning Award

As part of the funding from the Employment and Social Development Canada’s Outbound Mobility Pilot Program Global Skills Opportunity Fund (as administered by Colleges and Institutes of Canada (CiCan), KPU created a needs-based and character-based Access to Global Learning Award in 2021 for Canadian students. This award seeks to encourage innovative approaches to reduce barriers to mobility and increase the number of Canadian students that participate in outbound mobility experiences and prepare them for the labour market. Click here to learn to learn more about how this funding may help with the program costs. Message if you have any questions. 



VEP Academic - for credit (Spring 2021)

“I feel as though this experience has really developed my skills in a very educational manner. It was great to experience a city in which the way they work is different than what I am normally used to. Lots of discussion based, hands on work which is beneficial as it allowed to me to gain an insight of the different ways to work.” ~ Kiran, Bachelor of Interior Design. Home Abroad with ELISAVA, Spain ~

“I was studying from India at that time, I like exploring new places and meeting new people. In the pandemic time it was difficult to explore but thought of meeting new people virtually. I saw videos of sharing experience of exchange students and sounded fun. I applied for the same and luckily got selected.” ~Harmeet, Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting. Winter School TBS with Toulouse Business School, France ~

VEP Internship & Culture (Spring 2021)

"I learned a lot just from interacting with the people from the program, the Spanish classes were great, I also learned a lot from my mentor on the inner workings of a hospital. This is something a student should experience at least once in their time at KPU. This was a fun, challenging, but very fulfilling experience that taught me a lot." ~Leila, Bachelor of  Science in Health Science. Costa Rica Global Learning Program, Casa de Soccoro placement ~

“I believe that this program has greatly helped me realize my potential in the field of psychology and has motivated me to pursue the subject even further.” ~Partap, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Costa Rica Global Learning Program, ASONI placement ~

“It’s been great! It has given me opportunities to be creative with my abilities and really challenge me. One of my projects right now is working on a way to help an organization gain more awareness for donors who interested in contributing. This is very helpful to understand because it has a lot to do with marketing while touching the hearts of the readers.”                                                                                                                                   ~Brian, Bachelor of Business Administration: Entrepreneurial Leadership. Costa Rica Global Learning Program, ASONI placement ~ 

 “I learned a lot about Costa Rican Culture. Even though, it is virtual I am learning a lot, different types of food, the nature and its diversity this small country holds. As for my academic learning, I am learning the difference between what I have learned and how it differs in work culture.”    ~Pooja, Post Baccalaureate Diploma: Technical Management and Service. Costa Rica Global Learning Program, Illusion Travel placement ~ 

  VEP Conversational Exchange (Spring 2021)

“I had a lot of fun and learnt many things about Japanese culture. More importantly, I have built a relationship with a Japanese native who I can contact and have conversations with into the future and who is eager to learn about my own, Canadian, culture giving me the opportunity to share and learn simultaneously. I did not have to leave my house to have this rich experience. There was no commute or cost of travel/contact as there are free apps to speak over. If there are changes in plans, communicating online is much more efficient.” ~Shahina, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Nagasaki Online Conversation Program ~ 

“The experience has been great, and I really enjoyed it.  My language partner is helping me with Japanese songs and funny Japanese phrases. She also likes to have English conversation with me, and I encourage her to write English articles I can help correct. I edited a few of her English class essays over Zoom.” ~Patrick, Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies. Nagasaki Online Conversation Program ~ 

>> KPU news report: Study Abroad Exchanges Move Online at KPU


How many credits can I take?

Generally, virtual exchange programs are to supplement your KPU course work, so it is recommended to take 1-2 courses (3-6 credits) with a partner institution.

How much will it cost?

Fees vary depending on the program. Please refer to the "cost" section of the opportunity for more information. If it is an academic course for credit, you pay the same tuition rate as you do at KPU. If it’s a specialized program/condensed online experience, there is often an additional program fee attached. See individual opportunities for cost details. 

Additionally, there is an award that you can apply for to fund your virtual exchange experience. You may receive up to 100% of the tuition or program fees as reimbursement. Please refer to the Funding and Awards section for more information.

Will the classes be synchronous or asynchronous?

Do be mindful of the time zone differences. However, most institutions are aware of that challenge, and offer a variety of courses that are asynchronous in addition to their synchronous offerings. Some intuitions has this information in their course catalogue.

I want to see the course catalogue before applying. Where can I find it?

Get in touch with us as soon as possible ( and we can send you further information.

How will my academic courses transfer back?

Prior to beginning your exchange, you will get your courses pre-assessed for transfer credit. This would entail working closely with the Exchange Coordinator to follow the process between the Faculty and Registrar’s Office. The majority of courses will likely transfer back as general or program-specific electives.

What do I get out of a virtual global learning experience?

Learn from an international professor and share a virtual classroom with classmates from a different country Learn to approach topics with a different cultural lens; learn local perspectives Work in projects with local classmates and build connections – next time you visit the country, you’ll have local connections already! Sharpen foreign language skills Being a student in another institution means you can partake in social events and extra-curricular programs at that institution Do all the above while paying your regular KPU tuition fees!

I still would like to go on a traditional mobility experience after this. Can I do so?

yes. You can go on 2 Study Abroad programs in your time at KPU.

Okay. I need to speak to somebody about this as this is very interesting but also very new to me! What should I do?

Get in touch with us as soon as possible ( or set up an appointment via Advisor Connect with either Sarah Burn and we can guide you through the steps! Time is of the essence, so make sure to send an email to us even if you have a slight interest.


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