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Lead a Virtual Global Study (VGS)

Virtual Global Study courses consist of traditional coursework enhanced with virtual international activities, such as international speakers, guest lecturers, interactive workshops, networking, collaborative projects with international contacts, research, events or conferences, online cultural activities, or language learning.

Faculty may apply for funding to make an existing course—which has already been fully approved by their college or department's regular curricular review process—a Virtual Global Study course.  All funding is designated for honorarium payments to international speakers and/or other services or activities facilitated by international partners.  Synchronous activities, whenever possible, are strongly preferred.

Two funding levels are available:

Full VGS course (up to $2,500)
Course must fulfill Experiential Learning (EL) outcomes and writing expectations, with multiple opportunities for interaction with individuals in the location(s) studied, and a minimum of 25% of the class focused on international activities
VGS grant only (up to $1,000)
Course must have one or more opportunities for interaction with individuals in the location(s) studied

Faculty of color, faculty who have not led study abroad, and faculty from departments with limited international opportunities for students are strongly encouraged to apply.  Preference will be given to first-time applicants.

How to apply

Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis, and faculty will typically be notified of a decision within two weeks after submission.  The final application deadlines per quarter are:

​Term​Deadline for "full course" proposals
​Deadline for "grant only" proposals
​Fall Quarter
​April 1
​August 1
​Winter Quarter
​September 15
​November 15
​Spring Quarter
​January 15
​March 1
​Summer​January 15
​May 15

To apply for Virtual Global Study funding:

  • Download and complete the Virtual Global Study Proposal Form, which includes course information, amount of funding being requested, and a detailed description of the international activities. 
  • Then, go to the Study Abroad website to submit [1] your completed proposal form and [2] a copy of the course syllabus, by the deadlines above.


Any DePaul faculty member can submit a proposal to make their course into a Virtual Global Study course.

A Global Learning Experience (GLE) involves sustained communication and interaction between DePaul students and students from an international partner institution throughout a course.  A Virtual Global Study (VGS) enhances a course by adding international speakers and/or activities.

No—Interested faculty should add the Virtual Global Study components to an existing course they are already scheduled to teach as part of their regular course load, and they will receive their regular salary for teaching the class.  All funding is designated for honorarium payments to international speakers and/or other services or activities facilitated by international partners.

Involving all students in your class is crucial, to allow maximum student exposure to transformative international opportunities such as Virtual Global Study.  The structure of the speakers and/or activities can vary—they may take place during one part of the course or be spread out over the entirety of the quarter.

Yes, as the proposal application will ask for specific details about the speakers and/or activities you are planning to utilize.  The more detail you include when submitting your proposal, the more likely you will be to receive funding.  Study Abroad can help get you connected with our existing network of international partners and other contacts at DePaul with international relationships.  Contact Scott Ozaroski, Associate Director of Program Management, for assistance as you develop your proposal. 

No, there is no funding for international travel to prepare for the course.  Any funding provided will be used toward payment for speakers and/or activities that will be incorporated into the course.

Faculty who receive funding are welcome to request repeat funding for their course for a future quarter.  Priority will be given to first-time applicants, but if funding is still available, consideration will be given to faculty who would like to teach additional iterations of their Virtual Global Study course.

Here's an example of a Virtual Global Study course ("grant only" option) from Winter 2021, led by Nur Uysal in the College of Communication.

Yes!  Study Abroad can work together with you and assist you with how to propose a short-term study abroad program.  These are faculty-led opportunities that involve coursework in Chicago, followed by travel abroad of typically 1-3 weeks that occurs during December, spring break, or summer.

For faculty who choose the “full course” model, the course will fulfill the Experiential Learning (EL) requirement for undergraduate students and will also fulfill the Global Experiential Learning requirement of the Global Fluency Certificate.  Courses receiving a “grant only” do not fulfill any additional requirements for students.

No, it is a regular course for which students are charged regular tuition.