UNICollaboration has joined several other prominent institutions in the field to host a new conference:

International Virtual Exchange Conference (IVEC)

October 25-26, 2019

Tacoma, Washington, U.S.A.

Please visit https://iveconference.org 

IVEC 2019 is the largest and most prominent event on virtual exchange, providing a forum for an audience of practitioners, professionals, and policy makers from institutions around the world interested in technology, international education, and new pedagogies.

Virtual exchange (also known as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), Globally Networked Learning, or Telecollaboration) extends authentic opportunities for intercultural and transnational learning to students within the curriculum of college and university classrooms.  Through co-developed and co-taught modules, Virtual Exchange supports the development of 21st-century workforce skills and provides opportunities for applied learning experiences.

Hosted by the University of Washington Bothell and Tacoma campuses and supported by the State University of New York (SUNY) COIL Center, DePaul University, UNICollaboration, Drexel University, and East Carolina University, the International Virtual Exchange Conference is the premier event in this growing field. The hosts and supporting institutions each bring with them many years of experience developing, teaching, and researching Virtual Exchange.

We invite all professors, lecturers, and practitioners, instructional technologists and designers, IT professionals, international education and study abroad leaders, researchers, teaching and learning specialists, second language learning professionals, and anyone interested in intercultural innovation in higher education to attend IVEC 2019!

Who are we?

Welcome to UNICollaboration.org, the website of a cross-disciplinary professional organisation for telecollaboration and virtual exchange in Higher Education. The organisation was launched at the Second Conference on Telecollaboration in Higher Education at Trinity College, Dublin in April 2016.

UNICollaboration has two main objectives:

  • to promote the development and integration of research and practice in telecollaboration and virtual exchange across all disciplines and subject areas in higher education
  • to actively engage in awareness raising of telecollaboration and virtual exchange at institutional and policy making level

Read more about our background and objectives here.

Through this site we want to keep practitioners, researchers, policy makers and management informed of conferences, training opportunities, documents and policy developments relevant to our field.


Join our association as an individual or institutional member to help us promote telecollaboration and virtual exchange practice and research and further policy development in this area.

For more information about membership and a registration form, visit our Join page.

What do students think about Virtual Exchange?

Here are two videos from students who took part in different types of Virtual Exchange at one of UNICollaboration’s institutional members, the University of Padova, Italy.

What is Virtual Exchange?

What did you learn through Virtual Exchange?

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