Global Virtual Exchange

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Global Virtual Exchange contributes to The University of Texas at Austin’s goal to internationalize the curriculum, offers students an on-campus international experience, deepens existing and/or creates new international partnerships, and integrates innovative teaching practices across disciplines.

Program Scope

Global Virtual Exchange courses are taught by UT faculty and peers at international institutions to foster project-based or problem-based Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL). Virtual exchanges foster collaboration between students and faculty, thereby enhancing the learning experience through diverse pedagogical approaches. Applicants may apply for a Development or Implementation grant.


Tenure and non-tenure track faculty, lecturers and professors of the practice, with a minimum of two years of teaching experience at UT Austin, at the time of application, are eligible to apply. Collaboration between faculty and graduate students is allowable if the eligible faculty member is the principal applicant and the instructor of record.

Development Grant

Development funds support UT faculty wishing to develop a virtual exchange course in partnership with an existing collaborator abroad or with a new partner. It is expected that Development grant awardees will apply for the Implementation phase grant competition at the fall 2020 deadline.

Implementation Grant

Implementation funds support faculty and their peer collaborator(s) abroad to deliver the virtual exchange course as conceptualized during the Development phase. Applicants wishing to apply directly for Implementation are eligible provided they meet the required criteria.

General Information

Virtual exchange courses are to be conducted in a cross-cultural context and incorporate the following:

  • Collaboration with one (or more) colleague(s) at one or more institution(s) of higher education abroad
  • Digital technologies (Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype, Slack, Google Hangouts, Canvas, etc.) for teaching and learning
  • Project or problem-based learning

Virtual-exchange synchronous sessions can take place during any point in the semester and may include, but are not limited to:

  • cultural presentations;
  • group discussions;
  • participatory lectures;
  • tournaments, contests, projects; and
  • collaborative group work and presentations.

Global Virtual Exchange courses can be adapted from existing courses offered at the undergraduate or graduate level; faculty teaching Signature Courses are also encouraged to apply. The grantee assumes all responsibility for obtaining course approvals as well as classroom space.

Grant Period

Development Grant
May 15, 2020 - September 30, 2020
Implementation Grant
May 15, 2020 - September 30, 2022


Funding and Activities Supported

Award Amounts: up to $4000 for Development and up to $5500 for Implementation ($500 of the Implementation grant will be awarded to the international collaborator).

Allowable costs include faculty travel, technology (webcams, audio equipment, software), graduate assistant support, and educational resources.

Proposal Requirements

  • Applicants for the Global Virtual Exchange Development phase must commit to applying for an Implementation grant
  • Applicants for the Global Virtual Exchange Implementation grant must commit to teaching the proposed course twice during the grant period
  • GVE courses must be credit bearing, include 8 synchronous sessions and have a minimum enrollment of 10 students; preference will be given to courses with 20 or more students.

Submission Instructions

Submit a complete, signed application along with all required documents via InfoReady Review. Application deadline: March 6, 2020 at 5:00pm CST


Process and Timeline

March 6, 2020 (5:00pm CST)
Global Virtual Exchange Grant deadline
April 20, 2020
Awards announced
May 15, 2020
Grant start date


Additional Information

Contact Dr. Lena Suk, Program Administrator at for further information about the Global Virtual Exchange initiative.