Soliya facilitators and staff member Katja Riikonen smile in front of University of Padova in Italy in 2013.

University of Padova, 2013

University Partners

Since 2003, Soliya has brought together over 13,000 college-aged students for virtual exchange in the Connect Program, hailing from 222 institutions in 30 countries and 29 states in the United States. Most partners for education are accredited colleges and universities. Occasionally, Soliya collaborates with non-governmental organizations to gain access to marginalized groups including refugee or internally displaced youth. Below is a list of all past and current partners for the Connect Program. Partners participate during different academic calendars and semesters. Those marked with bold characters indicate the new partners that have joined in the Spring and Fall of 2018.



The Middle East and North Africa

United Arab Emirates

American University of Sharjah

United Arab Emirates University


University of Bahrain


Menoufiya University

South Valley University

Al Azhar University

American University in Cairo


British Council

Cairo University

English Language Resource Center (ELRC)

Future University

Minya University

Information Resource Center, Cairo


University of Duhok


German Jordanian University

Hashemite University

King Al-Hussein Bin Talal University

Yarmouk University

National Information Technology Center

I Learn Space for Knowledge

University of Jordan

Queen Rania Teacher Academy

Philadelphia University

Al-Qantara Centre for Human Resources Development

World Student Christian Federation

ActionAid Global Platform


American University of Kuwait

Gulf University for Science and Technology


Lebanese International University

Notre Dame University

American University of Beirut

Haigazian University

Lebanese American University

Sawa Association for Development


Al Asmarya University

University of Tripoli

Zawia University

Misurata University

Sebha University


American Language Center in Mohammedia

American Language Center in Tetouan


Al Akhawayn University

American Language Center in Marrakesh

American Language Center in Rabat

Cadi Ayyad University

American Language Center in Kenitra

American Language Center in El Jadida

American Language Center in Tangiers

Palestine, State of

Birzeit University

Al Quds University

Hebron University


Carnegie Mellon University

Academic Bridge Program

Qatar University

Texas A&M

Virginia Commonwealth University

Saudi Arabia

Dar Al-Hekma College



Institut Supérieur de Gestion de Tunis

Institut International de Technologie

The American Corner Sousse

The American Corner Tunis

National Engineering School of Bizerte

Faculté des Sciences et Techniques de Sidi Bouzid

Institut Supérieur des Langues de Gabes

Tunis Business School

Institut Supérieur des Etudes Technologiques de Gafsa

University of Jendouba

University of Kairouan

University of Manouba

Information Resource Center


Sabanci University

Ankara University

Bogazici University

Istanbul Şehir University

Kadir Has University

Koç University


Yemen-American Language Institute

Central, South and Southeast Asia


American University of Afghanistan


Gadjah Mada University

Unversity Muhammadiyah Surakarta


Forman Christian College

Lahore University of Management Sciences



Université libre de Bruxelles


University of Basel

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Geneva School of Diplomacy


Free University of Berlin

Technische Universität München

Goethe University Frankfurt


Aarhus University

Crossing Borders Global Studies at Krogerup Hojskole


University of Tampere


Université Paris Saclay


École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées

École Nationale Supérieure D’informatique et de Mathématiques Appliquées

United Kingdom

University of Bradford


University of Padova

University of Florence


Hogeschool van Amsterdam

The Hague University of Applied Sciences

University of Amsterdam


University of Bergen

North America


Champlain College Saint-Lambert, Quebec

Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology

United States

State University of New York at Potsdam

Villanova University

Fayetteville State University

California State University at Monterey Bay

Metropolitan State University

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Virginia Commonwealth University

Florida Atlantic University/Navitas

Carnegie Mellon University

Moraine Valley Community College

Tufts University

Virginia Union University

Grinnell College

Centre College

Mid-Michigan Community College

University of Iowa

Western Kentucky University

Indiana University Bloomington

Clark University

Northwestern Michigan College

University of Maine Machias

Yale University

Manhattan College

College of Charleston

University of North Georgia

University of Maryland

Queens College

DePaul University

New York University

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Tennessee State University

Endicott College

Ohio State University

University of Miami

University of Nebraska

George Mason University

Oxford College of Emory University

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

University of Texas San Antonio

George Washington University

Pace University

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Georgetown University

Queens University of Charlotte

University of Northern Colorado

American University

Georgia College

Salisbury University

San Jose City College

University of North Florida

Ashland University

Harvard University

San Jose State University

University of Pennsylvania

Bluefield State College

Iona College

Seton Hall University

University of Richmond

Bowie State University

Jamestown Community College

Skidmore College

University of St. Thomas

Bellevue Community College

Brandeis University

Kennesaw State University

St. Louis Community College

University of Texas at Austin

Central Connecticut State University

Bryn Mawr College

Marymount University



Soliya pulls intellectual resources together on design, training, evaluations and outreach works in collaboration with the following partners to pursue shared strategic goals.


Annenberg School of Communications, University of Pennsylvania

Aspen Institute

MacArthur Foundation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory

McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Peace Tech Lab

Search for Common Ground

Sharing Perspectives Foundation

United State Institute of Peace

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat)

Virtual Exchange Coalition



Soliya is grateful to our past and current supporters whose generosity has made our programming accessible and affordable for a diverse group of students around the world.


Abigail E. Disney
Allianz Foundation
Al Madad Foundation
Alwaleed Philanthropies
Arthur B. Schultz Foundation
Bezos Family Foundation
Bodman Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Carrie Vik
Kaleil Isaza Tuzman
Middle East Partners Initiative, the U.S.
Department of State


The J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Open Road Alliance
Pershing Square Foundation
The Qatar Foundation
The Qatar Foundation International
The Rizvi Family
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Compton Foundation
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
Douglas Maguire
Echoing Green
El-Hibri Foundation Farhad Mohit
Ford Foundation
Georgetown University
Joann McPike Scheidel Foundation
The Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs
The Embassy of Switzerland in Cairo
Transformation Trust
United States Institute of Peace


Essential technology & in-kind support by:
Al Jazeera
Associated Press Television News
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP
Kaye Scholer LLP