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Virtual Study Abroad Opportunities

The SUNY Geneseo Study Abroad Office is offering several summer virtual study abroad experiences for 2020. Please find information on each of these programs below. Please contact the Study Abroad Office with any questions: or 585-245-5546.

Please note, for international relations majors, these programs satisfy the internship/study abroad requirement. 

SUNY COIL Global Commons

Enroll by June 15th

SUNY COIL Global Commons is a new virtual program that will focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The 6 week, 6 credit program will be offered for all students throughout SUNY this summer, from July 6 - August 15. During the program, students will be virtually partnered with an international community-based or non-governmental organization. They will learn skills in storytelling, intercultural communications, and collaborative project development through by telling the story of one of these global CBOs or NGOs.

Program Dates: July 6 - August 15, 2020

More Information

A cost sheet for the SUNY COIL Global Commons program can be found here: SUNY COIL Global Commons (6 Credits) - SUM20.

Applicants for food assistance at Kuwaiti NGO

UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Photo: A volunteer with an international NGO prepares a mixture for malnourished children in North Darfur. 

Siena Italian Studies (SIS)

Apply by June 1 (all courses), June 12 (some courses, see below)

SIS has adapted its unique instructional approach to convey the most important aspects of their study abroad program in Siena, Italy to those that have not yet been to experience the city in person. SIS prides itself in the teaching of Italian as a second language in a comprehensive way – allowing students to understand the socio-cultural realities that are inherently tied to the Italian language.

SIS strongly believes that linking the learning of a language (and other academic subjects taught in the L2) to this specific and unique place can provide an incredible added value source to the learner. Beyond live, in-person lessons with qualified instructors, students will be provided with a data bank of specific online material that will allow the student to develop a new kind of familiarity with this place, its people and its language.  This may include a series of interviews, videos, pre-recorded lectures, virtual visits and conceptual maps to help the learner apply the language to online content and familiarize themselves with the linguistic context online.

SIS online courses are designed for students who are unable to participate in a study abroad experience at the moment. The courses can also be used to prepare students for their upcoming semester abroad or to complete a foreign language requirement after a single semester abroad. 

Program Dates: June 15 - July 24, 2020

Academics: 3-9 credits

For each class offering there is an option to enroll in a class with other learners, or to participate in a personalized individual course. Classes that are with other learners must meet a minimum number of enrollments to be activated.

Courses can be selected individually or as a packages for a full summer term of academic credits (6-9 total credits). Please note that the academic content courses require an intermediate level of Italian Language proficiency, with the exception of the Intercultural Dialogue, Democracy and Global Citizenship course, which is instructed in English.

More Information

Cost sheets for the four program options can be found below: 

Siena, Italy

Siena, Italy

Photos: Siena, Italy

Survey of International Organizations (SIO)

Apply by June 15

In the Survey of International Organizations (SIO) course, students will examine some of the world’s most important economic, political and humanitarian organizations from an interdisciplinary perspective. The goal of the course is to equip participants with a well-rounded set of analytical tools that help them assess both the future role of international organizations in the 21st century and their past and present effectiveness in addressing important societal challenges.

This program:

  • Provides an overview of the goals, functioning and significance of key international organizations
  • Examines achievements and failures of international organizations from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Equips participants with analytical tools on the future role of international organizations in the 21st century
  • Lessons learned in important global challenges, economic crises, pandemic poverty, infectious diseases, climate change, wars, arms races, aid and development

Program Dates: June 22 - July 19, 2020


  • 6 credits
  • Four-week-intensive Moodle based online course with direct online contact
  • International expert asynchronous and synchronous video lectures
  • Mentoring, interactive sessions with teaching fellow
  • Virtual site visits and networking with senior officials at International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland and European Institutions in Strasbourg, France
  • Course calendar can be found here.


  • GPA of 3.0

More Information

A cost sheet for the SIO Virtual Program can be found here: SIO Virtual Summer 2020 (6 credits)

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Photo: National flags

FSD Uganda Virtual Internship

Apply by June 8

rice fields in Uganda

Photo: Rice fields in Uganda, Africa

This program is a joint initiative of SUNY Geneseo and FSD Uganda that provides students the opportunity to engage in grassroots development work with a local NGO in Uganda. Students spend eight weeks designing and implementing a development project through FSD Uganda, supplemented by training by FSD Uganda.

FSD Uganda's philosophy is that rather than solving deficiencies in a community, development efforts should work to augment communal assets and increase the capabilities of residents to better their own lives. In this way, FSD Uganda seeks to develop impoverished areas from the grassroots level in a way that can be permanently sustained.

Why participate in a virtual internship?

Engaging in a virtual internship opens you up to new learning opportunities in sustainable development while achieving positive community outcomes in Ugandan Communities. You will directly work virtually with grassroots communities in Uganda on a development sector of your choice. This will be an opportunity for you to develop an understanding of the unique approaches of grass-roots development in which the community is in control; and what qualities make a development project sustainable.

Program Dates: June 22 - August 3, 2020


More Information

A cost sheet for the FSD Uganda Virtual Internship program can be found here: FSD Uganda Virtual Internship Summer 2020 (3 credits)