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Globalizing Your Course

Global Carolina Curriculum Grants

Application Deadline Has Passed. Applications are now under review.


USC’s Global Carolina seeks to further the internationalization of the curriculum of the University of South Carolina, preparing our students to participate in a diverse, interconnected world and to face the challenges of the twenty-first century. To this end, it invites full-time administrators and faculty members to submit proposals to internationalize an existing course. The goal of these grants is to assist faculty in developing and implementing globally themed content to incorporate sustainable international education into the curriculum. Faculty are encouraged to create disciplinary and cross-disciplinary course modules, activities, projects and other course materials that implement the globalization of course content.

A committee chaired by the Director of Global Carolina will award proposals. That committee consists of the directors of the Center for Teaching Excellence, International Student Services, Study Abroad, and the Walker Institute.

Funded by: USC Global Carolina, Office of the Provost

Key Terms

In this RFP, the terms globalization and internationalization are used to explain the “process by which international elements are infused into course content, international resources are used in course readings and assignments, and instructional methodologies appropriate to a culturally diverse student population are implemented.” (Schuerholz-Lehr, 2007)


The administrators of the grant encourage and support the globalization of course materials that will:

  • Develop sustainable course syllabi with cross-cultural and international themes
  • Broaden the cultural lens of student learning though the use of appropriate pedagogical tools and improved learning experiences
  • Develop course materials, classroom activities, assignments, experiences or other learning materials that integrate globalized, course-specific learning outcomes and competencies while encouraging an authentic, engaging learning environment

Any full-time administrator or faculty member at USC Columbia or the Palmetto College campuses (Extended University, Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, and Union) is eligible to apply. Recipients must use these grants within two years of receipt and must write a brief report on the changes produced in their teaching or their curriculum as a result of the grant (maximum 1000 words).  No person may hold two of these grants at the same time and there should be at least a one-year interval between the receipt of a curriculum grant.

For this grant program, four $5,000 grants are available for the purpose of developing a sustainable globalized course design.

To apply, submit an online application that includes your detailed contact information, a narrative of not more than 1250 words, a detailed budget, the Letter of Intent/Departmental Endorsement and a Current CV.  The proposal should include the following information:

  1. The goals of the planned changes to the course/curriculum and relationship to (or incorporation into) the course learning outcomes;
  2. A description of how the implementation of globalizing the course will occur;
  3. How the method or framework benefits the course/curriculum objectives, academic unit and/or the university’s global learning initiative;
  4. An expected timeline of the faculty member’s process for developing course changes (see timeline below); and
  5. Signed Letter of Intent, indicating proof that course(s) will be taught within two years of receipt of the grant.
  6. Provide a detailed Budget with Justification Narrative [docx] for total project costs, which clearly justifies each cost, consistent with university policies. Please review the Budget Justification Checklist for narrative guidance. View the Budget Primer [pdf] for more information.

Completed applications must be submitted online by February 14, 2019.

  •  Completeness of application and conformity to guidelines
  • Clear and pedagogically appropriate rationale for globalizing the course
  • Clear and pedagogically sound globalized learning outcomes or competencies
  • Likelihood that the course will enhance the quality or extend the reach of globalized or internationalized curricula
  • Feasibility of completing the course changes in the time proposed
  • Likely impact and sustainability of the proposed course changes
  •  Write a brief final report on the changes produced in their teaching or their curriculum as a result of the grant (maximum 1000 words).
  • Present course changes, improvements, “lessons learned” or other related content at the CTE’s 2019 Oktoberbest – A Celebration of Teaching (date TBD)
  •  January 28, 2019 – Call for proposals
  • February 28, 2019—Proposals due
  • March 15, 2019 - Committee selects grant winners and announces awardees
  • Spring/Summer 2019 – Awardees develop course changes and prepare content; Grant Award funds transferred to appropriate departments
  • Fall 2019-Fall 2020 – Implement revisions in the classroom
  • January 2021 – Final reports on results due

Inquiries: Contact Allen Miller at

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