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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SUNY COIL Global Network

COIL Workshops and Consultancies

News and Events

Featured Spotlight

Join the SUNY COIL Global Network to connect with educators and administrators around the world

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.

How does COIL work?

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.

Getting Started

COIL is absolutely part of the essential training we need to give our students to prepare them to live and work in an interconnected world
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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.