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Global Classrooms Initiative – Funding Competition

The University of Toronto is committed to providing all students with access to a globally relevant education through a variety of pathways, including multiple types of learning abroad opportunities, research exchanges, and through Global Classrooms.  

Global Classrooms (GC) offer an accessible way to internationalize teaching and learning experiences using online tools to enable  global and cross-cultural collaborations, so that faculty and instructors to work closely with peers abroad, and connect classrooms in different parts of the world for co-teaching. GCs benefit students and organizations in participating regions by offering a cost-effective complement to student mobility, as well as creating pathways to international exchange and study abroad.  

There is no one way to create a global classroom. The concept of “Global Classroom” is intentionally open to allow for variations and approaches that are discipline-, region-, and challenge-specific. As described on this website, which is a resource for faculty considering global classrooms, a global classroom can be roughly divided into low, medium and high touch.  

The Global Classrooms Initiative welcomes partnerships with colleagues, institutions and organizations that support students underrepresented in global learning, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, persons of colour, low-income students and students with disabilities.

This funding competition will support costs identified by faculty in all three types of engagement in the classroom.

Eligible expenses associated with low and medium touch global classrooms cannot exceed $3000. High touch GCs may have higher costs; as such a budget of up to $10,000 will be considered by the review committee. Examples of eligible costs are given in the budget section below. 

As part of their application, applicants may make requests for support from the staff in the Centre for International Experience (CIE) and local campus teams to assist with outreach to partners, designing the learning experience, program development and administrative assistance. 

Applications for Global Classroom funded previously will require financial contribution from their division and will be considered for partial (i.e. No more than 50%) funding only.

Global classrooms funded through this competition must take place in the summer term of 2023, or fall term of 2023 and/or the winter term of 2024. Applications may be for more than one term.  

Sessional Lecturers are eligible to apply if their department chair, in the department in which the course is being taught, indicates their support by signing off on the application.

Applicants are encouraged to work with local campus teams in developing their proposal. These teams can also help address questions about/connect applicants with IT, teaching support or other resources as needed. To discuss your application in advance, please contact

For St. George campus:

For UTM:


Your query will be directed to the appropriate person.

View the proposal form.

Applicants are encouraged to build on pre-existing international partnerships as well as engage new community and academic partners as appropriate. 

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) & Majority Black Graduating Institutions: Global Classrooms that partner with HBCUs and Majority Black Graduating Institutions in the United States are encouraged. Please indicate in your proposal if you will be partnering with one of these institutions. If you are unsure if the institution you are partnering with is a Majority Black Graduating Institution, please contact to discuss. Successful applicants will also be expected to participate in a workshop in Spring 2024 to share best practices and learnings regarding their Global Classroom.


February 27Launch call for proposals
On or before April 2Submission of (up to) three-page proposal
Week of May 1Decision on funded proposals

Please note, if you are applying for funding for a 2023 summer class, you are encouraged to submit your application at any time before the deadline, and we will endeavour to review and respond within a week.

All queries related to this funding competition should be directed to