Creating Global Classrooms for Future-Ready Graduates

Kansai University has been at the forefront of COIL initiatives in Japan and was awarded significant funding from Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) under the Inter-University Exchange Project, "Supporting Exchange with U.S. Universities Using COIL-style Education." With this funding, Kansai University launched the Institute for Innovative Global Education (IIGE) in 2018 to disseminate COIL.

Inter-University Exchange Project

The "Inter-University Exchange Project," launched in 2011 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), aims to support international educational collaboration between higher education institutions in target countries and regions that conduct study abroad programs, guaranteeing the quality of education and contributing to the development of global human resources who can play an active role internationally.

COIL Plus Program to Develop a Global Career Mindset

This is an educational collaboration program that involves the active acceptance of Japanese students to study abroad and foreign students, while utilizing COIL-type education with U.S. universities to guarantee the quality of higher education, with the aim of fostering human resources who can perform internationally and strengthening the ability of university education to develop globally.

Overview of IIGE Initiatives (FY2018-2022)

Kansai University is the only institution selected to serve as a platform for promoting both Type A (implementing COIL education practices) and Type B (promoting inter-university exchange through COIL) activities in Japan.

Implementing COIL

COIL Courses

In the spring semester of 2014 Kansai University implemented COIL classes for the first time. Since then, COIL has been incorporated into courses in various disciplines.

COIL Plus Program

Students will draw upon the knowledge and skills gained in pre- and post-COIL activities in short-term study abroad programs, which will afford them the opportunity to take part in temporary overseas staffing experiences, internships, corporate visits, and local classes in line with specialized themes. Students from Japan and the U.S. will also be able to further deepen their exchange by meeting in person.

Promoting Inter-University Exchange as a Platform Institution

Conducting seminars/workshops for faculty and staff

Sessions are offered to university administrators, faculty members, educational institutions, and others who are interested in COIL.

JPN-COIL Association

We promote exchange through COIL and various training programs as well as information exchange on COIL practice to Association members.


An online platform that allows for the centralization of activities to facilitate COIL exchange.

IIGE Global Network

Built for the implementation and development of COIL subjects. It has now spread to universities in Asia, North America, South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.


The IIGE whitepaper, known as the "I-Paper," is a resource periodically provided by IIGE to those interested in developing the "next new normal" in international education using COIL, EduTech, and digital technologies.

Verification of learning effects of COIL-type education

An assessment room has been set up, and various tools are being piloted and analyzed to verify students' learning effectiveness and language proficiency in COIL programs.

Promotion and dissemination of information on COIL

Every year we speak at in NAFSA, APAIE, EAIE, IVEC, and QS Apple.

  • Find out more about IIGE's mission and its team members.

  • Learn more about COIL pedagogy and read through examples that establish a clear picture of different types of collaborations.

  • Read through a variety of materials curated by IIGE to help you get started on your COIL journey.