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Global Initiatives

WELCOME to the International Office and to The University of Texas at Austin, where our global community of students and scholars prove every day that What Starts Here Changes the World.

“The university has a rich history of internationalization and we still have many opportunities to grow,” Janet Ellzey, vice provost for international programs, says. “The International Office has a unique staff with exceptional knowledge of language and culture, and we aspire to be a leader on campus for global awareness by facilitating international opportunities for faculty and students.”

In addition to leading study abroad, international student and scholar services, and English as a second language services, the International Office supports new, academic initiatives throughout campus.

 

Academic Initiatives

Casa Herrera

The Casa Herrera is a new research, conference and teaching facility located in the heart of Antigua, Guatemala, operated by the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin in collaboration with the Fundación Pantaleón.

Projects for Under-served Communities

Projects for Under-Served Communities is an innovative new project-based learning curriculum designed to match engineering and social work student with communities overseas needing the skills and resources UT students can provide. This three course sequence permits engineering students to work on international projects to directly benefit underserved communities. The first course was offered in fall 2009 with projects in Ghana and Peru executed and completed in June of 2011.

Global Professional Training

The University of Texas International Office, UT Division for Continuing and Innovative Education, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Chemical Engineering and Center for International Business and Research are collaborating to host the Global Professional Training April 6-7, 2013. This training is designed specifically for any UT student who is from the Middle East, studying the region, or planning careers there. This two-day training will give students an opportunity to enhance their understanding of the region, its opportunities and its challenges as they explore issues in cross-cultural communication, global leadership and international relations with the Middle East. The training will feature a host of guest speakers from various public service, political, business and academic specialties. There will be no cost to students who fully participate in this unique opportunity for professional and personal growth.

 

Contact

For information about new initiatives, please contact:

Laurie Berman Young,
Senior Program Coordinator, Special Projects and International Initiatives
lauriebyoung@austin.utexas.edu