Virtual International Exchanges

What is a Virtual International Exchange?

A virtual international program connects GVSU students & faculty with counterparts abroad to work on a specific project or a full academic course. 

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Projects typically run 2-6 weeks.
Probably the most common option, a project-based virtual exchange identifies a specific project that will be built into a course. That project will be completed through student partnerships between GVSU students and students at one of GVSU’s international partners.
The sky is the limit in terms of building a relevant project into a course. 
The virtual exchange is one part of the course, but not the entire focus of the course.
Credit bearing

A virtual faculty-led study abroad course without travel. Modified to still offer students an opportunity to learn in-depth about a special place in the world. 
Students register for these specific courses.
Credit bearing

Integrating a virtual exchange into an existing course might be something that runs the throughout the whole semester. For example, a German linguistics course may require students to collaborate with a student from a partner university to practice the use of German language for the duration of the semester.
Credit bearing

Co-Teach would be to collaborate with a faculty member at a partner institution to find ways to co-teach throughout the semester. There are many ways this could work, but it does require a much greater level of collaboration and commitment.
Credit bearing

Connecting students with host university students prior to study abroad
Connecting student groups with counterparts at partner institution
Non-credit bearing

  • Language exchanges – pairing students up 1:1 with students from a partner institution to practice language and conversation skills
  • Photography class working together on a project that offers opportunities to build cultural understanding while developing of photography
  • Students in a communications class work with an international NGO abroad to develop material for the organization
  • International relations majors talking with peers in another country about approaches to foreign relations
  • Science students collaborating on a joint research project

Questions? Contact

Ellen Shupe ([email protected])

Page last modified February 3, 2023