Program Options – Specifics

Third Party Providers

  • AMPEI – PIC – US – MX US This is a program for US educators that pairs them with college faculty in Mexico.  The goal of this program is to develop course-specific collaborative online exchanges by which both US and Mexican college students interact and work together.  There are currently 75 college faculty in Mexico that are looking for partners in the US and they teach in a variety of disciplines including art & humanities, business, life and physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, and social sciences.


  • SOLIYA Connect Through a web-conferencing application, students speak face-to-face in groups of 8-10 global peers, with no more than two students from a physical classroom assigned to the same online group so as to ensure a deeply multilateral learning experience. Each group is led by facilitators trained to sustain dialogue and support an environment where students can comfortably explore perspectives, uncover biases, and arrive at a better understanding of cultures, with the goal of developing the global competence essential to thrive in an interconnected world. View the video to learn more about the program from English professor Richard Johnson, and check out the SOLIYA website:

  • EDU-Africa Compared to traditional study abroad, Virtual Exchange boasts a low health and safety risk, is environmentally responsible, and is cost-effective. In a world that is increasingly dominated by technology, students enrolled in these programs will learn first-hand to navigate cultural norms, language barriers, time zones, and content on online platforms- integral skills in the ever-changing 21st century. Most importantly, it enables us to continue to foster global collaboration and connectivity between Africans and the world. EDU-Africa Virtual Exchange is at: Watch the video to learn more and hear from Harper faculty member Mukila Maitha of the Geography department about this program.


  • Gazelle International – Sponsored by the French Embassy and Community Colleges for International Development, the CLICK Program through Gazelle International matches US and French partners with match events, design workshops, and other support before, during, and after a virtual exchange program. Spanish and French faculty member Linda Schumacher describes her experiences with this program in the video:

  • IREX Global Solutions This program brings together groups of students from the US, Jordan and Iraq through a five-week experience consisting of five binational calls. During the calls, students will practice cross cultural communication and learn about each other’s culture as they engage in a series of conversations to practice the process of design thinking in order to discuss global issues in their community.   Faculty member Marie Farber Lapidus of the Business Department explains more about this program:


  • El Jamaical Field Station – Established by the late Harper Biology Professor Craig Stettner, this partnership includes virtual as well as in-person exchanges. Past partnerships with Harper have included videos and guest lectures for Biology and Sociology classes:   Nellie Khalil from Biology explains more:


  • SENA – Harper also has a relationship with the Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje in Colombia, which is the vocational and technical training institute of Colombia. A virtual exchange with language learning and one with computer information systems have been or are happening.  Kathleen Reynolds of the ESL/Linguistics Department adds more details


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