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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 to create a wider portfolio of global education opportunities for all Carolina studentsThe initiative builds upon Carolina’s many robust partnerships with universities around the world and supports faculty who often include enhanced virtual global collaboration in their course offerings through three approaches: 

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)supported by the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund curriculum development awards, involves shared teaching and learning between the faculty and students in UNC-Chapel Hill course and the faculty and students in a course at a global partner university. Students work together virtually for at least three weeks to complete small group projects, engage in dialogue drawing on their different societal or disciplinary perspectives, or exchange scholarly or creative work. 

Learn more about COIL and current course offerings. 

International Dialogues, organized through UNC-Chapel Hill’s six area studies centers and supported by the College of Arts & Sciences, bring the world to Carolina. UNC-Chapel Hill instructors invite distinguished guest speakers from abroad to share their scholarly work or life experiences virtually with Carolina students, engaging individuals from organizations and institutions around the world. 

Learn more about International Dialogues and current course offerings. 

Virtual Study Abroad offers UNC-Chapel Hill students the opportunity to enroll in virtual coursework at a global partner university and learn with students from that university. Students from global partner universities can, in turn, enroll in virtual courses offered at UNC-Chapel Hill. Virtual Study Abroad opportunities include undergraduate research projects, internships, or a full course of study (12+ credit hours). Learn more about Virtual Study Abroad on the UNC Study Abroad website. 

Contact Information 

Heather Ward
Associate Provost for Global Affairs
Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs
hhward@email.unc.edu