THE WHITES ARE truly an international Longhorn family. Jim and Meredith live and teach in Singapore, their son Colin lives and works in Shanghai and their daughter Allie is a teacher in the Austin area. A career opportunity first took Jim White and his family to Singapore in 1999, beginning an exciting but challenging global journey that involved moving back and forth between the U.S., China and Taiwan several times.
The lights. The sounds. The energy. That is what drives flocks of travelers from around the world to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is also what drove UT alumna Jessica Diaz-Hurtado (’15) to take her research abroad, culminating in her thesis and 2014 award-winning documentary series Ta Ligado: Rodas e Hip Hop no Rio, a look into Rio de Janeiro’s youth hip-hop culture.
All of us at the International Office are proud to lead international education at The University of Texas at Austin and grateful to those who help make it possible. Together with our partners on campus and beyond, we provide global experiences that are transformational for our university community.
Our students and faculty come from and travel to places all over the world, capturing important moments and experiences through their photography.
For Ivete Lucas, film serves as a platform that allows her to communicate with people. “It is easier to understand,” she states.
Lucas, who now spends most of her time on the road, is a Latina film director, producer, and editor. She was born in Brazil and moved to Mexico around age ten, “my mom is Brazilian and my dad is from Monterrey, Mexico.”
India is often described as colorful and chaotic, busy and fast-paced—a symphony of street sounds. Yet, what impressed Texas alumna Jean St. Clair the most was the welcoming spirit. "People were so open and giving in general," she describes.
The linguist describes the combination of sounds made by music, street vendors, and car horns as a form of communication, "[it felt] like a conversation that they are all having with one another."
Prominent Mexican alumni and friends of the University of Texas at Austin gathered recently in Monterrey to reconnect with each other and staff from their alma mater and to strategize on ways to bring Austin and Monterrey closer.
One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is building an international network and connections that can help advance your career. And one of the biggest benefits of being a UT alumnus is connecting with the Longhorn nation.
In early June, UT study abroad students and alumni got to experience the power of both of those benefits when they gathered for the Texas Exes Mexico City Chapter’s annual barbecue.
Graduation has come and gone, and as we send off our international graduates on their next journey, we wonder about those who came before, where they ended up, and what role their time at UT played in their lives.
We happily stumbled upon a UT alumna while perusing the website of one of our favorite international nonprofits. Nitya Oberoi, originally from India but raised in Kuwait, graduated from UT Austin in 2005 with degrees in Computer Science, Advertising, Journalism and Business Foundations.
Once you’re a Longhorn, you’re always a Longhorn. And we are so happy when alumni come back to tell us where their experience at UT has taken them in their personal and professional lives.
Alumnus Kelvin Ma dropped by during a recent visit to campus to tell us about his experience as an international student at The University of Texas at Austin and what he is doing now.
The Governor of Nuevo Leon, Jaime Heliódoro Rodríguez Calderón, met with Mexican students at UT during a special event organized by the Mexican Center of LLILAS and the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin on March 31.
Rodriguez Calderón was in Texas to promote bilateral agreements between Texas and Nuevo León and to discuss several subjects on safety, investment and migration.
But his main message to the students was to return to Mexico after completing their degrees.