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Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) 

About COIL

As part of the Connecting Carolina Classrooms with the World initiative, the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs (OVPGA) provides faculty with support and funding for implementing Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) as a part of its continued efforts to advance the internationalization of the Carolina curriculum.  

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is a flexible pedagogical approach to global education. First developed by the State University of New York (SUNY), COIL can be embedded into course curricula in order to connect faculty and students from across the world through shared learning experiences and global, cross-institutional collaboration.

COIL at Carolina

COIL courses involve shared learning between students in a course at UNC-Chapel Hill and peer students at a global partner university. Faculty members at both institutions design collaborative activities for their students lasting at least three weeks, such as completing small group projects, engaging in dialogue drawing on their different societal or disciplinary perspectives, or exchanging scholarly or creative work.

During the program’s first year in 2020-21, Carolina faculty led 19 COIL courses in partnership with universities in 13 countries, including two of Carolina’s strategic partners, King’s College London and Universidad San Francisco de Quito. To date, faculty teaching COIL courses represent the College of Arts & Sciences, Kenan-Flagler Business School, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Hussman School of Journalism and Media, the School of Education, and the School of Nursing, and are teaching COIL courses at the undergraduate and graduate/professional levels.

Funding is available for faculty to incorporate COIL into new and existing courses with additional funding for graduate student support. Curriculum Development Awards for COIL are generally offered twice per year during the fall and spring semesters.

COIL Courses By Academic Year

*Some COIL courses meet the criteria for the Experiential Education (EE) requirements in the general education curriculum. Courses approved for EE credit or have approval pending are indicated as such in the below list.

2022-23 Academic Year

  • Maureen Baker, School of Nursing
    UNC Course: NURS 934, Clinical Scholarship and Professional Communication
    Partner: Erika Ota, St. Luke’s International University (Japan)
  • Chad Bryant, Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: HIST 783, Readings in Russian and East European History
    Partners: James Bjork, King’s College London (England), and Ota Konrad, Charles University (Czech Republic)
  • Dorothea Heitsch, Department of Romance Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: FREN 150, Globalization and the French-Speaking World
    Partner: Nicolas Gachon, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 (France)
  • David Pier, Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: AAAD 320, Music of Africa
    Partner: James Isabirye, Kyambogo University (Uganda)
  • Audra Rankin, School of Nursing
    UNC Course: NURS 746: Health Care Policy and Leadership
    Partner: Nantanit Van Gulik, Mahidol University (Thailand)
  • Gabriela Valvidia, Department of Geography, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: GEOG 457, Rural Latin America
    Partner: Eloisa Berman Arévalo, Universidad del Norte (Colombia)

2021-22 Academic Year

  • Florence Babb, Latin American Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: LTAM 101, Introduction to Latin American Studies
    Partner: Michael Hill, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)
  • Maureen Baker, School of Nursing
    UNC Course: NURS 934, Clinical Scholarship and Professional Communication
    Partner: Erika Ota, St. Luke’s International University (Japan)
  • Sharon CannonKenan-Flagler Business School
    UNC Course: BUSI 529, Intercultural Communication for the Global Workplace
    Partner: Gavin Furukawa, Sophia University (Japan)
  • Vivian GoGillings School of Global Public Health
    UNC Course: HBEH 784, Implementation Science in Global Health
    Partner: Le Minh Giang, Hanoi Medical University (Vietnam)
  • Michael Kris, Department of Music, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: MUSC 105 (Sections 4, 5, 6), Individual Brass Lessons
    MUSC 205 (Sections 4, 5, 6), Advanced Brass Lessons
    Partner: Norbert Salvenmoser, Universität Mozarteum (Austria)
  • Tom Linden, Hussman School of Journalism & Media
    UNC Course: MEJO 560, Environmental and Science Journalism
    Partner: Bienvenido Leon, University of Navarra (Spain)
  • Pamela Lothspeich, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, College of Arts & Sciences 
    UNC Course: ASIA 721, Transnational Feminisms of the Middle East and South Asia
    Partner: Priyanka Tripathi, Indian Institute of Technology, Patna (India)
  • Kristin Papoi, School of Education 
    UNC CourseEDUC 615, Schools & Community Collaboration
    Partner: Nascira Ramia, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)
    *APPROVED FOR EE CREDIT
  • Rachel Penton, Department of Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences 
    UNC Course: NSCI 320, Neuropsychopharmacology
    Partner: Andrew Giles, Monash University (Australia)
  • Theresa Raphael-Grimm, School of Nursing
    UNC Course: NURS 864, Biopsychosocial Care 3: Psychiatric Mental Health Interventions in the Context of Relationships
    Partner: Maria Bjork, Elzana Odzakovic, Karina Huus and Johanna Falck, Jönköping University (Sweden); Sarah Hamed and Hannah Bradby, Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • Michele Rivkin-Fish, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts & Sciences 
    UNC Course: ANTH 442, Health and Gender After Socialism
    Partner: Sergei Zakharov, Higher School of Economics (Russia)
  • Patricia Rosenmeyer, Department of Classics, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: CLAS 363H, Greek & Latin Poetry in Translation
    Partner: Giuliana Ragusa de Faria, Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Markus Saba, Kenan-Flagler Business School
    UNC CourseMBA 899, Healthcare in the Age of COVID
    Partner: Ben NgoyeStrathmore University (Kenya) 
  • Lisa Woodley, School of Nursing 
    UNC Course: NURS 483, Family-Centered Nursing Care from Birth Through Adolescence
    Partner: Maiara Rodrigues dos Santos, Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Claudia Yaghoobi, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: ASIA 127, Iranian Women Writers
    Partner: Mostafa Abedinifard, University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • David Bond, Kenan-Flagler Business School 
    UNC CourseBUSI 206Business in Africa
    PartnerMarjolijn Dijksterhuis, University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)
    *APPROVED FOR EE CREDIT
  • Joseph CzabovskyHussman School of Journalism & Media 
    UNC Course: MEJO 531, Case Studies in Public Relations
    Partner: Claudia Labarca Encina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile)
  • Leslie Davis and Elizabeth Walters, School of Nursing
    UNC Course: NURS 740, Evidence-based Practice and Research
    Partner: Patraporn Tungpunkom, Chiang Mai University (Thailand)
  • Lisa Domby, Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine
    UNC Course: SPHS 751, Global Issues and Practices in Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Partner: Mariela España, Universidad Rafael Landivar (Guatemala)
  • Martin Johnson, Department of English and Comparative Literature, College of Arts & Sciences 
    UNC Course: ENGL 494, Research Methods in Film Studies
    Partner: Iain Robert Smith, King’s College London (England)
  • Michael Meredith, Kenan-Flagler Business School 
    UNC Course: BUSI 201, Business in Central Europe
    Partner: Miklos Kozma, Corvinus University (Hungary)
    *APPROVED FOR EE CREDIT
  • Courtney Rivard, English and Comparative Literature, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: ENGL 118, Storytelling and Game Development
    Partner: Connor McKeown, King’s College London (England)
  • Erin Siegal McIntyre, Hussman School of Journalism and Media
    UNC Course: MEJO 553, Advanced Reporting
    Partner: Viviana Mejía Cañedo, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (Mexico)
  • Afroz Taj, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, College of Arts & Sciences 
    UNC Course: ASIA 231, Bollywood Cinema
    Partner: Nishat Zaidi, Jamia Millia Islamia (India)
  • Adam VersényiDepartment of Dramatic Art, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: DRAM 284, Theatre and Sustainability 
    Partners: Kurt Taroff, Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland); Patrick Lonergan, National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)
    *APPROVED FOR EE CREDIT
  • Marcia Van Riper, School of Nursing
    UNC Course: NURS 960, Individual and Family Responses to Chronic Conditions
    Partner: Maiara Rodrigues dos Santos at the University of São Paulo (Brazil)
  • Natalia Villegas, School of Nursing
    UNC Course: NURS 320, Culture and Nursing Care
    Partners: Marcela Gonzalez and Solange Campos, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile)
  • Lisa Woodley, School of Nursing 
    UNC Course: NURS 483, Family-Centered Nursing Care from Birth Through Adolescence
    Partner: Maiara Rodrigues dos Santos, Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)
    *APPROVED FOR EE CREDIT
  • Claudia Yaghoobi, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: ASIA/PWAD 69: Wars and Veterans – Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan
    Partner: Amir Vafa, Shiraz University (Iran)

2020-21 Academic Year

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

  • Lorna Avilés, Department of Romance Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: SPAN 329, Spanish for Professional & Community Engagement
    Partner: Esteban Mayorga, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)
    *APPROVED FOR EE CREDIT
  • David Bond, Kenan-Flagler Business School 
    UNC CourseBUSI 206Business in Africa
    PartnerMarjolijn Dijksterhuis, University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)
    *APPROVED FOR EE CREDIT
  • Chad Bryant, Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: HIST 783, Readings in Russian and East European History
    Partners: Uta Balabier, King’s College London (England), and Ota Konrad, Charles University (Czech Republic)
  • Sharon CannonKenan-Flagler Business School
    UNC Course: BUSI 529, Intercultural Communication for the Global Workplace
    Partner: Gavin Furukawa, Sophia University (Japan)
    This award was made possible in collaboration with the American Council on Education.
  • Helyne Frederick, School of Education
    UNC Course: EDUC 475, Child and Family Health
    Partner: Arlette Herry, St. George’s University (Grenada)
  • Suzanne Gulledge, School of Education 
    UNC CourseEDUC 697Education Minor Capstone
    Partner: Andreas Bonnet, University of Hamburg (Germany)
  • Emil’ Keme, Department of Romance Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: SPAN 344, Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
    Partner: Michael Hill, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)
  • Moira Marquis, Department of English & Comparative Literature, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: ENGL 266, Ecocriticism
    Partner: Sarah Marak, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)
  • Kristin Papoi, School of Education 
    UNC CourseEDUC 615, Schools & Community Collaboration
    Partner: Nascira Ramia, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)
    *APPROVED FOR EE CREDIT
  • Patricia SawinDepartment of American Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC CourseFOLK/ENGL 487Everyday Stories
    PartnerTiber FalzettUniversity College Dublin (Ireland)
  • Adam VersényiDepartment of Dramatic Art, College of Arts & Sciences
    UNC Course: DRAM 284, Theatre and Pandemic
    Partners: Kurt Taroff, Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland); Patrick Lonergan, National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)
    *APPROVED FOR EE CREDIT
  • Natalia Villegas, School of Nursing
    UNC Course: NURS 320, Culture and Nursing Care
    Partners: Marcela Gonzalez and Solange Campos, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile)
  • Meg Zomorodi and Jaimee Watts-Isley, School of Nursing
    UNC Course: NURS 402C, Foundations of Population Health and Global Health
    Partner: Jacqui Young, Australian Catholic University (Australia)