Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is an innovative teaching method that facilitates intercultural competency, global awareness, and cross-lingual communication for students to prepare them for multicultural professional environments. The COIL program at TUFS connects accredited courses online and links classrooms with institutions of higher education in the United states. The syllabi for the linked classes are co-created by the instructors across cultural and language divides. This allows students in Japan to experience United States classrooms online, and vice versa.
The online exchange of students and faculties with different languages, cultural backgrounds, and value systems, is realized using state-of-the-art teleconferencing technologies. Shared learning materials, that the classrooms work on separately and offline in Japan and the United States, makeup the foundation for the live discussions and learning between the students online. The development of intercultural competence occurs through the online facilitated and moderated discussions and exchanging of ideas.
COIL therefore develops, promotes, and nurtures multiculturalism which consequently leads to conflict-resilience.

Project Purpose

  • Development of civic-oriented global human resources with diversified and flexible views in order to promote the public good.
  • Using COIL-type courses as the driving force to incentivize and expand student exchange with universities in the United States.
  • Tokyo University of Foreign StudiesTokyo University of Foreign Studies
    ICUInternational Christian University
    Aoyama Gakuin UniversityAoyama Gakuin University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    University of California, Riverside
    University of California, Irvine
    California State University, Northridge
    University of California, Santa Barbara
    The University of Southern California
    The State University of New York at Albany
    The State University of New York at Stony Brook
    San Diego State University

Summary of Exchange program

Having established the COIL themes (COIL 1 to COIL 4), we offer online seminar-type classes, offline workshops, offline lectures as supplementary learning aids, and short-, medium-, and long-term study abroad programs in the United States.

Global Human Resources

At both undergraduate and graduate levels, we will develop global human resources that are civic-oriented with diverse perspectives in order to promote the public good to contribute to solving the various challenges that exist between Japan and the United States.

About the Project

Building on its broad knowledge base and extensive research achievements in the fields of Language and Area Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) has re cently branched out into Global JapanStudies. As a pioneer in liberal arts education in Japan, International Christian University (ICU) has also taken a leading role in the globalization of Japanese universities. In 2009 these two distinguished universities located in West Tokyo launched a system for cross-recognition of credits at undergraduate and graduate levels and embarked on various alliances and cooperative initiatives. Selected to take part in the Japanese government’ s Top Global University Project, both institutions are fully committed to globalization. In collaboration with Aoyama Gakuin University, which has globalized its curriculum based on the Aoyama Standard, TUFS and ICU are driving this project, titled “Trans-Pacific Collaborative Online International Learning [COIL] for Multiculturalism and Conflict-Resilience,” and forging stronger ties between universities in Japan and the United States. COIL utilizes information and communications technologies to create virtual links with students in Japan and students enrolled in universities overseas to carry out projects in a variety of fields. It is used to hold joint online classes between Japan and the United States, and students taking these classes will also have opportunities for actual exchange through overseas study programs. Through this project, we aim to develop versatile, flexible, and public-spirited global citizens, and to contribute to deeper ties between Japan and the United States.

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
International Christian University
Aoyama Gakuin University