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Questions About Applying to the U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative? Tune Into ACE Webinar

April 09, 2018


Accredited, degree-granting U.S. institutions are invited to apply to the U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative by May 31. To provide guidance on preparing an application, ACE will conduct an informational webinar April 24 at 12:00 pm EDT.

Registration for the webinar is complimentary. A copy of the webinar presentation will be available here for those interested applicants unable to participate.

The U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative aims to expand U.S.-Japan higher education ties through collaborative online international learning (COIL). Through a competitive selection process, ACE will identify up to six U.S. institutions to work with new or existing Japanese partner institutions to develop, deliver, and assess one or more COIL courses.

COIL is a method of linking faculty and students in two countries for shared teaching and learning using online communication. For over a decade, ACE has recognized the COIL model—developed and disseminated by The State University of New York’s (SUNY) COIL Center—as a cost-effective, accessible method for delivering global learning and intercultural experiences to greater numbers of U.S. students, particularly the 90 percent of U.S. undergraduates who do not participate in education abroad.

Faculty from the selected U.S. and Japanese institutions will collaborate to develop a joint syllabus, and students in the two countries will then work together to complete assignments that meet shared learning objectives. A limited number of students will receive stipends to offset the cost of travel to Japan.

The Initiative is designed to test the idea that students who participate in COIL courses will increase their understanding of the partner country, sharpen their cultural competency skills, and become better prepared for in-person education exchanges. If successful, ACE aims to expand the program to include additional U.S. and Japanese partner institutions.

The U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative is supported through a grant from the U.S. Embassy Tokyo, and coordinated in partnership with Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT).

See here for more information and to apply.

Email with questions. Follow along under the hashtag #USJPCOIL.

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