Virtual Global Learning Opportunities

The Office of International Education is offering several virtual study abroad experiences for 2020. Please find information on each of these programs below. Please contact us at or 716-673-3451.

IAU College Virtual Opportunities

Enroll by August 15th 

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: Fall 2020


UPAEP Global Campus

Enroll by August 15th 

This semester-long virtual program allows students to take both Spanish language and interdisciplinary courses at UPAEP, located in Puebla, Mexico.

Program Dates: Fall 2020

SUNY COIL Global Commons

Enroll by June 15th

SUNY COIL Global Commons is a new virtual program that will focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The 6 week, 6 credit program will be offered for all students throughout SUNY this summer, from July 6 - August 15. During the program, students will be virtually partnered with an international community-based or non-governmental organization. They will learn skills in storytelling, intercultural communications, and collaborative project development through by telling the story of one of these global CBOs or NGOs.

Program Dates: July 6 - August 15, 2020

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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