Virtual Global Learning Opportunities

The Office of International Education is offering several virtual study abroad experiences for 2021. Please find information on each of these programs below. Please contact us at or 716-673-3451.

IAU College Virtual Opportunities

Enroll by November 20 

This semester-long virtual program will draw on IAU's expertise in experiential-based learning while taking advantage of our wide network of professional contacts in France, Spain, Morocco, and beyond. Students will choose from academic courses, global internships, consulting projects, and social impact practicums/experiential learning projects to customize their virtual experience.

Program Dates: Spring 2021

UPAEP Global Campus 

Nomination Deadline is December 4

UPAEP is pleased to offer the virtual exchange to all those students nominated through their international offices of our partner universities in agreement and members of our different national and international consortiums (SUMA, ANUIES, ODUCAL, CONAHEC and ISEP).

This new modality will allow:

  • Apply to 1 to 3 courses at UPAEP, to study virtually and / or in parallel with their academic load at their university of origin.

  • Complement your academic training, finding those subjects that can provide added value in your international training.

  • Link with UPAEP students and professors, both in academic matters and in cultural aspects.

Program Dates: Spring 2021

COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning)

COIL is a great way to internationalize an existing course. A typical COIL model involves faculty members in different countries who connect students in their classes through a learning outcome or specific project. While the interactions might be asynchronous or in real-time depending on the time zones and pedagogical designs, an important component is that students are engaged in a global learning experience directly through interactions with others. A COIL project could be as simple as a short project, or with more intensive design and collaboration, could involve the full length of the course. If you are interested in finding a COIL partner, contact the OIE and we can help you locate a someone with similar goals.  Please include some details about the course you are interested in COILing by letting us know the course name, level, and description, your ideal or expected length of time for COIL activity, specific language or country you hope to work with, and the learning outcome(s) you've identified for the COIL experience. If you already have a specific project idea in mind, please include that information as well. 

Are you already working COIL activities into your courses? OIE would love to hear your story and include your program among faculty COIL success stories. 

Virtual Study Abroad

In the context of COVID-19 and the impact on the ability to safely travel, OIE has noticed a wide variety of virtual study abroad options available from partners and other providers. While this idea is still in development,  a virtual study abroad program is intentionally designed to immerse a participant in another region and culture as a significant part of the course. Since authentic interactions with others is an important part of study abroad, a virtual study abroad program would likely include some kind of COIL component. OIE wants to support as many global learning opportunities as possible, and if you have a course in mind that you think would be a good fit for a virtual study abroad option, please contact us to discuss how to apply this designation.


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