U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative - Applications Closed
5/31/2018 12:00 AM
6/1/2018 12:00 AM


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

ACE invites applications from U.S. accredited, degree-granting higher education institutions for the U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative. 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. 

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 percent of U.S. undergraduates who do not participate in education abroad.

Faculty from institutions selected for the U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative 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.

Institutions that have existing partnerships with Japan, as well as those that do not currently collaborate with institutions in Japan, are encouraged to apply. ACE will work with selected institutions that do not have active partnerships to identify a Japanese partner for COIL course development. 

Representatives of selected institutions will participate in a 3-day course development workshop with their Japanese counterparts in October 2018 in Washington, DC. Workshop expenses, including transportation and hotel, will be covered under terms of the award. Selected institutions will receive a limited number of faculty development stipends. Travel stipends are available for a limited number of students enrolled in one of the new COIL courses to use toward education abroad in Japan.

The U.S.-Japan COIL 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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​No Longer Accepting Applications