Open to Indigenous students, students with a disability, and low-income students, the Global Skills Opportunity (GSO), the Government of Canada’s outbound mobility pilot program, aims to widen access to participation to study abroad programming.

A group of students on a study abroad program in front of water.

Funded by the GSO, Capilano University's two key Global Skills Opportunity initiatives include field school and Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) programs.

Grounded in UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) themes such as health and well-being, sustainable communities, climate action, and equality, CapU’s GSO initiatives have opened new and innovative pathways for CapU students, faculty, and staff to innovate and engage in transformational learning.

Field Schools and GSO

A total of 22 CapU students, led by two CapU instructors participated in the Vietnam Field School in 2023. Nine of the 22 field school participants received the GSO scholarship, which covered the cost of their field school participation. 

"This field school was not only incredibly beneficial to my degree as a tourism student, learning about the impacts of tourism and the benefits of community-based initiatives, but it also taught me the beauty of collectivist cultures and togetherness that I think we often forget about in our busy every-day lives back at home."

— Anika Steiner, Bachelor of Tourism Management student and Vietnam Field School 2023 participant 

Learn how you can become the next GSO scholarship recipient for the upcoming field school in 2024.



CapU Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is about embedding a virtual international experience within an existing course and encouraging idea sharing, intercultural learning and global competency building amongst students and faculty across the globe. CapU faculty pair up with a complementary international partner institution to design a COIL experience.

CapU COIL courses – Spring 2024:

Email coil@capilanou.ca to get started or learn more about creating a COIL experience.

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Centre for International Experience

Study Abroad Office
604 990 7914
Library Building, room LB127