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Global Classrooms: Drexel Virtual Exchange


Global Classrooms are courses that engage Drexel students with students at one of our partner universities abroad through a range of interactive technologies. Since 2013, Drexel has been a national leader in the development of virtual exchange modalities, becoming a steering member of the International Virtual Exchange Conference.

Faculty members from any discipline, undergraduate or graduate, who are ready to incorporate a global dimension into their scheduled class and link it to a class of students at an international partner institution are eligible to develop a virtual exchange.

Successful proposals will receive a stipend and partnership development support from the Office of Global Engagement. Additionally, resources such as video tutorials and advice from experienced faculty are available to help prepare for a successful Global Classroom.

The hope is that both professors and students will find this experience enriching in many ways, we have many more such proposals in the future, and faculty members continue to offer their established global classrooms yearly. Eventually, all studentas should have the opportunity to participate in such a class.

Some professors may elect to work with the Education Abroad Office to add a “face-to-face” component to the class – inviting partners to visit Drexel during intersessions or traveling with students to complete a project on a partner campus. 

Interested in leading a Global Classroom? Read more about past collaborations here and here.

Faculty should seek approval for their Global Classroom at least one term prior to the scheduled class by emailing Adam Zahn, Director, Global Engagement at

View full list of previous Global Classrooms

Recent Global Classrooms

Name Course Quarter Partner School Country
Mann, Celeste SPAN201 Fall 2019-2020 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Chile
Rosenberg, William PSCI 330 Spring (2018-2019) Istanbul University Turkey
Ellis, Eugenia AE480/580 Spring (2018-2019) Politecnico di Milano Italy
Montalto, Franco CIVE564 Spring (2018-2019) Università Iuav di Venezia Italy
Mann, Celeste SPAN 202 Winter (2018-2019) Pontificia Universidad Catolica Chile
Kelly, Kristy EDUC843 Winter (2018-2019) Vietnam National University, Hanoi Vietnam
Roback, Patricia FIN346 Winter (2018-2019) Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences The Netherlands

Student Stories

Drexel University: Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) Global Classroom: Comparing Just Cities

Published Research Works on Drexel Global Classrooms: 

The Global Classroom at Drexel: Connecting Language Learners Through Technology by Rogelio Minana, PhD and Adam Zahn, MS

The Intersection of Muralist Movements and Two L2 Classes by Maria de la luz Matus-Mendoza, PhD

Cataline, Jodi, D’Angelo, Dana C., and Simmons, Emilee, "Executing a Global Classroom." Magna Classroom Online Newsletter (Jan 2017).

Cataline, Jodi, D’Angelo, Dana C., and Simmons, Emilee, “Global Classrooms: Creating International Collaborative Initiatives.” Unplugging from the Classroom, Ed. Sharmila Pixy Ferris and Hilary Wilder. United States: Elsevier Limited, (2017): 31.

Global Programs Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Session on Family Succession by Barrie Litzky, PhD: