Call for Applications

Call for Applications

The current call is closed. Check back in fall 2023 for information about a future call.


What You Will Do

You and your partner, someone who regularly teaches their own course at an institution abroad, will receive professional development training in how to design a Virtual Exchange (VE)/Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) component. You and your partner will then jointly develop and integrate your VE/COIL component into your existing courses, respectively. Global Classrooms developed under this call may be delivered at UCSC in AY 2023-24, and/or no later than AY 2024-25.

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 an institution abroad 
  • Project-based learning, requiring students from both institutions to work together through synchronous and asynchronous engagement
  • Use of collaborative online tools to carry out teaching and learning activities

Your Course

Global Classrooms are built upon existing courses. They are best suited to smaller class sizes with an average enrollment of under 30, and can be undergraduate or graduate level

Your Partner

Your partner may teach in a similar or complementary discipline, but interdisciplinary projects are welcome and encouraged. If you don’t already have a faculty partner see the “Finding a Faculty Partner” page for more ideas on how to identify a partner for Global Classroom development and contact George Sabo, Director of Global Initiatives ( for guidance.


  • Professional development in VE/COIL design for you and your teaching partner abroad, to begin late spring 2023*, with continued regular cohort progress/peer support meetings throughout AY 2023-24 **
  • Pedagogical and technical support throughout the professional development and offering period
  • Up to $4,000 total reimbursable travel funds awarded to you and your teaching partner (not per individual) for travel that supports the development of the Global Classroom and strengthens ties between UCSC and the partner institution. The funds may be used by the UCSC faculty to travel to the teaching partner’s institution, and/or for the teaching partner to visit UCSC. Additional guidelines for the permitted use of these 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 to them) 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.


Global Classrooms developed under this call 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.


  • Winter 2023: Pre-application consultations available by appointment.
  • Application deadline: Monday, April 24, 2023, by 5 p.m.
  • Late April 2023: 
    • Awardees to be announced. A committee will be formed to review all applications and select a cohort.
  • May 2023:
    • Launch meeting to welcome and onboard new cohort (date TBD)
  • Summer 2023: Suggested period for travel in support of Global Classroom development
  • Fall 2023:  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 2023–Spring 2024:
    • Monthly cohort meetings, dates/times TBD 
    • First implementation of Global Classroom courses to begin

Application Guidelines

Pre-application consultations

  • Prospective applicants are advised and encouraged to request a 1:1 consultation with the Global Classrooms team prior to submitting an application to learn more about the Global Classrooms model and how to prepare a successful application. 
  • Please email George Sabo, Director of Global Initiatives ( to arrange a consultation time prior to the application deadline.

Applications should include:

  1. Statement of Interest
    Provide responses to the following prompts (in no more than two pages) and append your existing course syllabus:
    • Details of the existing UCSC course proposed for adaptation as a Global Classroom:
      • The quarter the course will be offered, frequency of offering, and average enrollment. 
    • 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.
    • Teaching partner course: 
      • A brief description of your teaching partner’s course (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 a meaningful international experience.
    • 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 24, by 5 p.m. to copying your unit head (department or program chair, college provost).

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