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U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative

December 30, 1899


The American Council on Education (ACE) is pleased to announce the U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative, an award program aimed at expanding U.S.-Japan higher education ties through collaborative online international learning (COIL).

Selected U.S. institutions will work with new or existing Japanese partner institutions over a 12-month period to develop, deliver, and assess one or more COIL courses.

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 amount of funding is available for U.S. students enrolled in these courses to participate in education abroad at the Japanese partner institution. 

​The COIL method—also referred to as virtual exchange—is a cost-effective, accessible, and scalable method of expanding global learning opportunities for greater numbers of U.S. higher education students. COIL is an innovative pedagogy involving collaborative teaching and learning in two or more countries, facilitated by online communication that has been developed and promoted by the State University of New York (SUNY) COIL Center​. ​For over a decade, ACE has recognized the COIL model as a cost-effective, accessible method for delivering global learning and intercultural experience to greater numbers of U.S. students, particularly the 90% of U.S. undergraduates who do not participate in education abroad. 

This 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 exchange. 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)​.




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Appli​cation period and ​deadline to be announced.

This group is for those interested in Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) and virtual exchange in high​​er education. The purpose of the group is to share lessons and resources, and to network with peers across the United States and worldwide.​​​