The Global Education Initiative/Global Leadership Institute – Globally Connected Courses

The Global Institute (GLI) intends to be the global hub at the College of Charleston designed to promote immersive and sustained international education. Its programming will promote (1) high linguistic aptitude, (2) cultural intelligence, and (3) skills needed to actualize international impact. Thus, the GLI will be an international nexus at the College of Charleston where academic disciplines merge, the realities of the world are confronted, and where knowledgeable, engaged citizens of that world come of age.

Through its focus on international experiential learning, the GLI will connect our students with opportunities to involve themselves in thinking about and working on real-world international challenges both within our community and abroad. In doing so, the GLI will serve as an integral resource for the College’s growing internationalism.

Globally Connected Courses will be a featured component of the exchange. 

Proposals can be for either fall or spring and up to $1,500. You may also apply for the course designation even if no funding is needed. Applications are due on May 15th of for both the Fall and the Spring semester of the upcoming year.

Proposals Deadline: May 15th


  • Engage students with persons, especially peers, of one or more target cultures in dialogic or participatory activities. A primary but not exclusive method for this engagement will be collaborative on-line international learning (c.o.i.l.).
  • Demonstrate through participatory activities an understanding and respect for other cultures’ perspectives and/or points of view.

New courses can be created/developed as Globally Connected Courses, but also existing courses or courses planned for this coming year can be augmented to become Globally Connected Courses.

Examples of possible course components are included below. Courses could include but are not limited to the following participatory activities. 

  • Guest speakers from the target culture and/or those who have international cultural expertise in the target culture. This interaction can be face-to-face or virtual.
  • Conversational partnerships with international businesses/corporations in the local area and/or retirees with global careers.
  • Conversational partnerships with international students on campus or in the community.
  • Exchanges with speakers of other languages either face-to-face or virtually using platforms such as Talkabroad, Boomalang, En vivo, etc.
  • Linked activities between the college and international partners in which students discuss a common question.
  • Experiential Learning Activities such as embedded international service learning, internships, and study abroad (especially during spring break). 

* See also the following resources for ideas. Remember that virtual exchanges have been operating at some institutions for five years or more. At first, we advise to keep it simple.

Globally Connected Course Application

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