Global Virtual Exchange

The Texas Global Virtual Exchange Initiative encourages UT Austin faculty to co-create collaborative online international learning courses with peers at universities around the world. Virtual exchanges foster meaningful, sustainable, and accessible international experiences for all UT Austin students.

UT Austin faculty and their international partners co-develop and co-teach undergraduate/graduate courses or modules within courses. Content is delivered synchronously and asynchronously. UT students gain global perspectives, increase global competency while engaging in project- and/or problem-based learning. Students receive grades and credit from their home university.

Funding Opportunity

The Texas Global Virtual Exchange Initiative provides funding, as well as instructional and administrative support for faculty to incorporate collaborative online international learning in existing or new undergraduate and graduate courses.

Track One: Global Virtual Exchange Development Grant

For faculty who are in the exploration stage of wishing to developing a virtual exchange undergraduate or graduate course with a faculty member at an international university. Currently closed; check back in Fall 2020. Application deadline for fall is October 15, 2020. Applications for summer 2020 will not be accepted for this track.

Track Two: Global Virtual Exchange Grant

Funding up to $6,000 is available for faculty to develop and teach a virtual exchange component in an undergraduate or graduate course. Request for Proposal forthcoming. Application Deadline: July 10, 2020.


The grant period extends from August 2020 to May 2022, and faculty are expected to teach twice during the grant period. Awardees participate in a UT community of Texas Global Virtual Exchange faculty tasked to share ideas, reflect on experiences, and develop best practices for collaborative online international learning. Activities and resources include:

  • Workshops
  • Assessment tools
  • Individualized consultations
  • Canvas virtual exchange course samples
  • Additional support from the Faculty Innovation Center, UT Libraries, and LAITS

Upcoming Event: Texas Global Virtual Exchange Interactive Forums

A series of collaborative virtual forums for faculty, at UT and abroad, focused on the value and methods of virtual exchange. Currently accepting RSVPs.

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Dr. Lena Suk, Program Administrator, Special Initiatives