COIL Virtual Exchange Leadership Institute: February 27- April 9, 2024

This 6-week online institute brings together 16 leadership teams from US and international higher education institutions of all types to integrate Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) virtual exchange into their curricula and internationalization plans.

About the Institute

The Institute will enable participating teams to design goal-oriented Action Plans for sustaining and expanding a COIL virtual exchange program at their home institution over the long term. Teams will:

  • Evaluate their institution’s context and capacity for sustaining and expanding COIL virtual exchange
  • Identify ways diverse campus stakeholders and units will collaborate to support the program’s success
  • Connect to new international partners and link COIL virtual exchange partnerships to other internationalization activities
  • Identify key strategies for facilitating effective professional development, student learning assessment, and program evaluation


The 6-week Institute will involve:

  • Six 90-minute synchronous “Information” sessions conducted over Zoom, with each session linked to a section of the Action Plan
  • Four 90-minute synchronous “Connection” sessions conducted over Zoom, with each session involving breakout discussions with international COIL Coordinators and other leaders from the field
  • One 45-minute team "Consulting" session with one of the Institute's facilitators
  • Institutional team planning between sessions

For more information on the Institute's content, view the 2023 Agenda. The final 2024 Institute Agenda will be released on February 20, 2024.

Who should attend?

The Institute will accept COIL virtual exchange leadership teams from the same institution. Content is geared toward US and non-US institutions with some experience with COIL virtual exchange and a demonstrated committed to sustaining and expanding faculty and student engagement over the long term. We seek institutions that aim to take a program to scale in part through dedicated human resources.

Successful Institute teams are comprised of members with diverse operational and leadership capacities. Teams might include: a Senior International Officer or other international education leader; a high-level academic leader such as Vice Provost, Dean, Chair, Center or Program director; educational technology personnel or instructional designer; teaching and learning center professional; and/or faculty members.


  • Stephanie Doscher, Director of Collaborative Online International Learning, FIU
  • Jon Rubin, Director of COIL Connect for Virtual Exchange and former Director of the SUNY COIL Center 


Use this PDF document to prepare answers and have them on hand when you fill out your application. All fields are required for the application to be complete. If you have any questions or need technical assistance, please contact FIU COIL at

2024 COIL Leadership Institute applications have now closed.

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Important Information

  • Call for Applications
    • Call for applications released: October 2nd, 2023
    • Applications due: December 1, 2023, 11:59 p.m. EST
    • Notifications: November 20th, 2023
  • Institute Sessions and Times
    • Information Sessions: Tuesdays-- February 27, March 05, 12, 19, April 02 and 09.
    • Connection Sessions: Thursdays-- March 07, 14, 21 and April 04.
    • Time: We anticipate applications from all the world’s time zones. To accommodate as many participants as possible, we anticipate our 120-minute sessions beginning some time between 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. EST (UTC-5). Precise times will be announced with participant notifications.
  • Fees
    • Implementation teams of two or three members = $1800 USD. If you require more seats, you have the option to add up to two additional seats at a rate of $600 each.
    • Payment accepted by credit card, wire transfer, or via a registration link that will be sent to accepted applicants

Past COIL Leadership Institute Participants