Global Classrooms

Illinois Global Classrooms is a COIL initiative that supports students and instructors to structure Collaborative, Online, and International Learning experiences, facilitated by technology, between students at the University of Illinois and students from international partner institutions.

In this program, you'll connect with an international partner in a similar or complementary major to develop a virtual project, and you implement it in one of your existing courses. Projects vary in scope and duration but typically last between six and eight weeks.

In collaboration with the campus-wide study abroad community and with support from the European Union Center, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Center for Global Studies, LAS Global Classrooms will expand your global learning reach, allow you to see your major from multiple perspectives, and will help you challenge your assumptions.

Learn more about how the Global Classroom initiative brings scholars together and fosters transformative learning experiences in this article.

Spring 2024 Course Offerings

ABE 232: Context in International Interventions

Instructor: Ann-Perry Witmer, Senior Research Scientist

Partner: Tommy Pozo Vila, Universidad Privada Boliviana, Bolivia

This multi-disciplinary course will examine a new approach to infrastructure engineering for alternately developed societies that seeks to counteract the disconnects and differing objectives among project stakeholders that result in lack of infrastructure sustainability and resiliency. Using a case study from Western Africa, the course will consider the impact of globalization, the attitudes of industrialized societies, and the role of place-based knowledge in designing and implementing infrastructure interventions for rural societies.

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Fall 2023 for Cultural Studies - Non-West, Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci.

ABE 498: Special Topics (Section JAG)

Instructor: Jorge Alberto Guzman Jaimes, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Partner: Navneet Kumar, University of Bonn, Germany, and Carlos Rogerio de Mello, Federal University of Lavras, Brazil

Subject offerings of new and developing areas of knowledge in agricultural and biological engineering intended to augment the existing curriculum.

ACE 436: International Business Immersion

Instructor:  Meredith Blumthal, Director & Instructor, Food and Agribusiness Management Program, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

Partners: Universidad de Veracruzana and Campus B, ESALQ

This is an experiential learning course with an international travel component designed to equip participants with the skills required to successfully operate in a global business environment. Examples of topics covered include global supply chains and marketing channels, regulatory and trade environments, and environmental considerations. The course culminates in a two-week immersion in which students learn from business leaders, trade organizations, government officials, and producers in the host country.


CHEM 104: General Chemistry II (Honors) 

Instructor: Jose Andino Martinez, Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry

Partner: Marlene Emparatriz Acosta Martinez, University of El Salvador

Lecture and discussions. Chemistry of materials, including organic and biological substances, chemical energetics and equilibrium, chemical kinetics, and electrochemistry.

Please contact instructor Jose Andino Martinez for more information about the Global Classrooms section of this course.

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Fall 2023 for Nat Sci & Tech - Phys Sciences.


ESE 466: Environmental Policy 

Instructor: Warren Lavey, Adjunct Professor, College of Law / Department of Earth, Society, & Environment

Partners: Kateryna Nesterova, International Humanitarian University, Odessa, Ukraine; Rosanna Steininger and Bernhard Löffler, Vienna University, Austria.

Examination of the geographical and political aspects of human-environmental relations; focusing on how environmental problems are defined, negotiated, and addressed through policy formulation. Specific approaches to environmental policy will be considered at different geographical scales.

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for Advanced Composition.



Prior courses