Traditionally, only some students could access study and work abroad opportunities. Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) allows all students registered in a course to gain exposure to intercultural collaboration.

COIL is part of regular coursework so there are no extra costs and students still receive the same USask supports. Approved projects offer students the opportunity to see and experience global learning when there are limitations on study abroad. COIL equitably widens access to a greater number of students because it targets entire classes from a large spectrum of disciplines, instead of individual or small groups of students doing study or teach-abroad.

Accomplishing internationalization at home, this program engages students in a process of exploration and reflection. Students who have completed a COIL experience will be prepared to study or work abroad because they will have the cultural lens necessary to engage in international experiences. 

How it works

COIL experiences can happen with existing research partners or other teaching and learning partners. It fits with nearly any course.

  • The USask instructor works with a partner instructor from an international institution who is teaching a similar or complementary course. 
  • The instructors work together to design tasks that students from both classes will take together.  
  • The instructors establish the timeline and depth of work (icebreakers, mandated assignments, reports, check-in meetings, explicit intercultural competence development, etc.).  You both decide on the degree of engagement.
  • Students complete a pre-experience assessment of intercultural competencies
  • USask students then collaborate via web-based tools with students abroad.
  • Students complete a mid-experience assessment or discussion. 
  • At the end of the experiences, students reflect on working across differences (cultural, social, regional, gendered, sexual, and other), and how their own perspectives and worldviews were questioned and reframed. 
  • Students complete a post-experience assessment of intercultural competencies
  • Instructors complete a post-experience debrief conversation and reflect on impact.

Funding and Application

There is funding available to support Student Assistants and professional development in new COIL initiatives:

Traditional model:  Up to $2000 for first-time projects, and $500 per each iterative projects up to four times by the same instructor.

Winter 2021: Up to 50 hours of pay at PSAC rate for a student assistant (graduate or undergraduate) to support a specific course-based intercultural experience between USask students and students from an institution abroad.

If you are interested in more information about COIL and do not yet have an international partner in mind, please fill out this short form.

If you would like us to share your information with potential COIL partners, please complete this profile and send to g.a@usask.ca

If you have identified a teaching partner and would like to apply for funding to support your first COIL initiative, please complete this form and send to g.a@usask.ca.

If you are an instructor looking to hire a student assistant to support a COIL initiative, please send this job posting template to your unit's administrative team to complete the hiring process.

Please contact gmctl@usask.ca if you need help with this task.

If you have been asked by an instructor to apply for this student assistantship or are keen on being paired with a potential COIL instructor, please email Aditi Garg - g.a@usask.ca

If you are working on a subsequent COIL partnership (up to the fifth time), either with a new or existing partner, and would like student assistantship funding, please fill complete this form and send to g.a@usask.ca 

If you received funding from GMCTL to complete a COIL project, please complete this form and submit to g.a@usask.ca. This should be completed in the month after your project ends.

Tracking COIL

If you do decide to pursue a COIL partnership, please consider using our pre- and post-experience survey with students. It helps us track internationalization at home initiatives. Please send your course name to g.a@usask.ca to get added to our list.


Getting Help

If you are interested in discussing details about this program, please complete our short survey, or connect with the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning.