Call for Applications

This Call for Applications is now closed.

Check back in fall 2022 for announcements about a future call. 


You and your chosen international faculty partner, who regularly teaches at an institution abroad, will receive professional development on how to adapt a course to include a Virtual Exchange(VE) / Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) component. You and your partner will then jointly develop your VE/COIL component, and incorporate it into your existing courses, respectively. 

Your partner may be teaching in a similar or complementary discipline - interdisciplinary projects are welcome and encouraged.

Global Classrooms are best suited to smaller class sizes with a suggested enrollment of under 30, and can be undergraduate or graduate level

VE/COIL components can vary in scope and duration, but typically range from five to eight weeks within a quarter-length course, and almost always include:

  • Activities jointly planned by you and your teaching partner at a university abroad 
  • Project-based learning, requiring students from both institutions to work together through synchronous and asynchronous engagement
  • Use of online, collaborative tools to carry out teaching and learning activities

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UCSC awardees will receive the following:

  • Professional development in VE/COIL for you and your teaching partner, to begin late spring 2022*, with continued regular cohort progress/peer support meetings throughout AY 2022-23. **
  • Pedagogical and technical support throughout the professional development period.
  • Up to $4,000 in reimbursable funds for travel to support the development of your Global Classroom, and to strengthen ties with the partner institution. Funds can be used for UCSC instructor travel to the teaching partner’s institution, or for the teaching partner to visit UCSC. Additional guidelines for permitted use of travel funds will be provided to awardees.

* The overall time commitment for the professional development will be approximately 15-20 hours over the workshop series. International teaching partners are also required to attend these workshops (at no cost) alongside the UCSC awardee. More information will be provided once applications are selected.

** Cohort meetings of 60-90 minutes will be scheduled every two to three weeks, or as needed.


All prospective applicants are required to attend one of the pre-application workshops (see Timeline below).

Global Classrooms should be offered in at least three of the next five years by the originator, or another faculty member who is appointed by the department to teach the same course.


  • Pre-application workshops (prospective applicants are required to attend one of these):
    • Monday, February 7, 2022, from 11:00 a.m - 11:45 a.m. (Zoom Link)
    • Thursday, February 10, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (Zoom Link)
  • Application deadline:  Monday, April 4, 2022, by 5 p.m.
  • Late April 2022: 
    • Awardees to be announced. A committee will be formed to review all applications and select a cohort.
  • May 2022:
    • Launch meeting to welcome and onboard new cohort (date TBD)
  • Summer 2022:  Suggested period for travel in support of Global Classroom development
  • Fall 2022:  Professional Development in VE/COIL design
    • Workshops to involve asynchronous, readings and online discussions as well as several required synchronous session(s) (via Zoom; recorded and available for reference)  
  • Fall 2022 - Spring 2023:
    • Monthly cohort meetings, dates/times TBD (total of 6)
    • First implementation of Global Classroom courses to begin

Application Guidelines

Pre-application workshops

Prior to submitting your application, you are required to attend a pre-application workshop to learn more about the Global Classrooms model and how to prepare a successful application:

  • Monday, February 7, 2022, from 11:00 a.m - 11:45 a.m. (Zoom Link)
  • Thursday, February 10, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (Zoom Link)

Applications should include

  1. Statement of Interest
    In no more than two pages, provide responses to the following prompts and append your existing course syllabus:
    1. Details of the existing course proposed for adaptation as a Global Classroom: The quarter the course will be offered, frequency of offering, and average enrollment.
    2. Teaching partner: A brief profile of your identified teaching partner and their institution. Please explain how you will leverage this connection and the virtual environment to engage and challenge students.
    3. Partner course: A brief description of your teaching partner’s course (or append a syllabus, if available). Explain how your course and your teaching partner’s course are good candidates for adapting to a Global Classroom environment, and how the intersection of content and collaborative learning will provide students with an international experience.
    4. Additional information: Particular experience or qualifications you or your teaching partner and institution may have that are relevant to developing/teaching/supporting a Global Classroom collaboration.
  2. Department/College Endorsement Form (download fillable PDF here)
    Please discuss your plans with your department, college, or program chair and have them complete this form.
    Complete applications must include this form as an attachment with your Statement of Interest.
  3. Teaching Partner/Institution Confirmation Form (download fillable PDF here)
    A clear commitment from your teaching partner as well as their institution is vital for a successful Global Classroom collaboration. It is recommended that you contact your prospective teaching partner as soon as possible to discuss project feasibility, provide an overview of the expected timeline and commitment, and have them complete and sign Section 2 of this form.
    Complete applications must include this form as an attachment with your Statement of Interest.

Completed applications should be submitted by Monday, April 4, at 5 p.m. to copying your unit head (department or program chair, college provost).

Questions?  Contact George Sabo, Director of Global Initiatives, at