Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) connects students and professors in different countries for collaborative projects and discussions as part of their coursework. 

COIL Collaborations between students and professors provide meaningful, significant opportunities for global experiences built into programs of study. COIL enhances intercultural student interaction through proven approaches to meaningful online engagement, while providing universities a cost-effective way to ensure that their students are globally engaged. 

The SUNY COIL Center pioneered the COIL model more than 15 years ago, and has been helping professors and institutions realize the power of COIL ever since.

We invite you to explore our website and learn about the possibilities when you bring COIL into your teaching and learning practice.

What We Do

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Join the SUNY COIL Global Network to advance your practice of COIL and virtual exchange, take advantage of members-only resources and events, and access our partnering platform and activities.

Interested in bringing COIL collaborations into your classes or institution? Want to take your knowledge and skills up a notch? Learn about COIL Professional Development workshops and consultancies.

Find out what’s new at the SUNY COIL Center, along with information on upcoming webinars, meetings, conferences and other events.

Meet our featured professor, Shamika Mitchell, and find out how she’s using COIL to give her students new opportunities and global connections.

COIL Methodology

COIL Collaborations are developed by partnering professors from different institutions who want to enrich their courses with student interaction and collaborative learning.  Professors work together to design and implement the COIL Collaboration, allowing COIL to be customized to meet the needs of any class, in any discipline.  It takes planning and careful attention to design to have a successful COIL Collaboration that benefits students, professors and institutions.

Visit What is COIL? to learn more and see examples of past COIL Collaborations.

Finding a COIL Teaching Partner

The COIL model relies on faculty partners to plan, design, and guide collaborative experiences between their students. Finding and supporting good partnerships is therefore an important part of supporting successful COIL collaborations. The SUNY COIL Center has the experience and resources available to help your professors find the right partner for the right COIL collaboration at the right time.

As a member of the COIL Global Network, your institution will have access to the COIL Engagement and Partnering Platform where professors can connect, discuss potential partnerships, and begin to map out their collaborations. In addition, the COIL Center hosts Virtual Partnering Fairs four times a year, supported by Partnering Bulletins that showcase professors actively seeking partnership.

Getting Started

COIL has been without a doubt the best way I've been able to connect students to others in the world for transformative experiences that focus on intercultural and international diversity - everyone should do it!
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Incorporating a COIL collaboration into your existing course doesn’t require an expensive technology platform or extensive redesign of your course.  It requires an interest in innovative pedagogy, a bit of flexibility and enthusiasm, and some thoughtful preparation.  

The SUNY COIL Center is here to help! Click on one of our offerings above to find out how we can help you.

Through the COIL Center’s selection of modular, fully online workshops, trained facilitators will help prepare you to develop a COIL Collaboration that meets the learning goals of your course. 

Are you an administrator looking to bring COIL to your campus?  The SUNY COIL Center offers customized in-person and online workshops, strategic planning support, assessment planning, onsite or online evaluations, and bespoke consultancies to help you meet your goals.

Just looking for more information? Visit What is COIL? to learn more.