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About the International Office

As one of the world’s leading public universities, The University of Texas at Austin prepares its students to become competent global citizens.  The International Office advances the critical priorities of the University by creating access to international and cultural exchange.  As the institutional home for Study Abroad, International Student & Scholar Services, English as a Second Language instruction, Global Risk & Safety, and Special Projects, the International Office provides opportunities to learn about the world through education.

The University is host to almost 5,000 matriculated international students, 800 English as a Second Language students, and 1,500 international faculty and scholars from more than 120 countries.  The diversity that these talented students and scholars bring to the campus, provide critical cross-cultural experiences that enrich lives, instill global competency, and strengthen the university community, state and nation.

Ranked second in the nation for the number of students who study abroad, the University sends more than 2,500 students to more than 70 countries each year. This success is accomplished by the International Office’s commitment to provide outreach, service and support to students considering studying abroad, and by partnering with faculty and staff to facilitate participation through integration into the curriculum.  Study abroad experiences transform lives, and the International Office is committed to promoting access to these transformative opportunities for our diverse population of students.

Acting as a catalyst for internationalization, the International Office has partnered with academic units on campus to develop global initiatives, including Projects for Under-served Communities. PUC is a visionary program designed to train future global leaders in engineering and social work by preparing students to address global challenges. Students on the program design and implement projects abroad—from improving water, sanitation and educational facilities to advancing new, sustainable technologies.

People who give to The University of Texas at Austin know that they are partnering with one of the nation’s leading public research universities. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the University’s impact is felt around the world: through cutting-edge research that saves lives, graduates who become leaders in their professions and communities, and innovative programs on every continent. Through gifts from alumni and donors, the International Office is empowered to play a critical role in the University’s mission to transform lives and change the world.

Come in and explore the World & UT.

Janet Ellzey
Vice Provost for International Programs

The Vice Provost for International Programs reports to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and oversees the programs and activities of the International Office. 


janet ellzey

Janet Ellzey, Ph.D.
Vice Provost of International Programs



Teri Albrecht, Ph.D.
Director of Internal Administration, International Office
Director, International Student
and Scholar Services
(512) 471-7885

Darcy McGillicuddy
Director, External Relations
(512) 232-6241

Jess Miller
International Risk Analyst
(512) 471-0341

Larry Phu
Director, Finance and Administration
(512) 471-2450

Michael Smith, Ph.D.
Director, English as a Second Language Services
(512) 471-2482

Candace Shye
Director, Internal Operations
(512) 232-4378

Heather Thompson
Director, Study Abroad 
(512) 471-6490

Laurie Berman Young
Director, Special Projects
(512) 475-7021