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Connecting Carolina Classrooms with the World

Connecting Carolina Classrooms with the World was launched in May 2020 by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs in order to grow virtual exchanges and Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) activities. Through this initiative, COIL activities connect UNC-Chapel Hill students and students from the partner university for a unique online learning experience. Students will work together on collaborative projects or assignments over at least three weeks, enabling students to examine course topics from different cultural and societal perspectives. Examples of activities include shared readings, small group discussions and group projects. Student collaboration may be synchronous or asynchronous, as long as the technology used to connect students supports the goals for student learning. 

Funding for faculty in the pilot program was made available through COIL Partnership Awards. Participating Carolina faculty represent several professional schools and College of Arts & Sciences departments. UNC-Chapel Hill professors are partnering on the COIL activities with colleagues across eight countries and ten international partner institutions, including King’s College London and Universidad San Francisco de Quito, two of Carolina’s strategic partners.  

COIL 2020-2021 Course Offerings

FALL 2020

  • Elizabeth Havice, Department of Geography, College of Arts & Sciences 
    UNC CourseGEOG 803, Seminar in Nature-Society
    Partner: Majed AkhterKing’s College London
  • Michael Kris, Department of Music, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC CourseMUSC 214.003, Brass Chamber Music
    PartnerJoseph Fort, King’s College London
  • Markus Saba, Kenan-Flagler Business School
    UNC CourseMBA 899, Healthcare in the Age of COVID
    Partner: Ben NgoyeStrathmore University 
  • Amanda ThompsonDepartment of Anthropology, College of Arts & Sciences 
    UNC CourseANTH 190, Intro to Biocultural Medical Anthropology
    PartnerDiego Quiroga, Universidad San Francisco de Quito
  • Lien TruongDepartment of Art & Art History, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC CourseARTS 322, Narrative Painting
    Partner: Theson Nguyen, Vietnam University of Fine Arts
  • Milada VachudovaDepartment of Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: POLI 438Undivided Europe
    Partner: Hanna Kleider, King’s College London 


  • David Bond, Kenan-Flagler Business School 
    UNC CourseBUSI 206Business in Africa
    PartnerMarjolijn Dijksterhuis, University of Stellenbosch
  • Sharon CannonKenan-Flagler Business School
    UNC Course: BUSI 529, Intercultural Communication for the Global Workplace
    Partner: Gavin Furukawa, Sophia University
    This award was made possible in collaboration with the American Council on Education
  • Suzanne Gulledge, School of Education 
    UNC CourseEDUC 697Education Minor Capstone
    Partner: Andreas Bonnet, University of Hamburg
  • Kristin Papoi, School of Education 
    UNC CourseEDUC 701Practica Student Teaching
    Partner: Nascira Ramia, Universidad San Francisco de Quito
  • Patricia SawinDepartment of Communication, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC CourseFOLK/ENGL 487Everyday Stories
    PartnerTiber FalzettUniversity College Dublin
  • Adam VersényiDepartment of Dramatic Art, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: TBD
    Partners: Kurt Taroff, Queen’s University Belfast; and Patrick Lonergan, National University of Ireland, Galway 
Check back for updates to Spring 2021 courses.