Fall 2007 - Summer 2008
| Office of International
Studies and Programs:
|Director:||Parul Fernandes, M.A., School of International Training|
The Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) is responsible for the design and implementation of study abroad programs for the University of Houston. It is located in room 501F of the Ezekiel W. Cullen Building. The office is responsible for designing the policies and procedures for all study abroad programs and in assisting the colleges, departments, faculty and students in fulfilling academic requirements.
Students interested in studying abroad have a wide variety of resources available to assist them with the study abroad experience. Study abroad programs are available for both undergraduates and graduates.
Students are given the facility to register in any one of the following programs:
The OISP Web site provides students and faculty with detailed information on programs, health insurance, procedures, forms, contacts, and other important information. It also provides faculty with information on how to design, request approval for, and implement a program. www.uh.edu/studyabroad
Scholarship opportunities are available for students studying abroad. There are two scholarships administered by OISP:
Competition for IEFS is held each fall (October 1) for the Fall and Spring semester and is open to international and domestic students. IEFS is also held in spring (March 1) for Summer and Fall semester study abroad programs.
The IEFS was initiated by the students to promote study abroad and incorporate international study into their academic experience. This scholarship is funded by the student body through a semester fee added to the students' fee bill. This initiative was subsequently approved by the Texas legislature for all Texas universities.
Competition for HJCC is held only in Spring (March 1) for all semester.
The IEFS and HJCC scholarship forms are available online two months prior to the deadline date and may be obtained from the OISP Web site at www.uh.edu/studyabroad.
The Language and Culture Center (LCC), housed in the Department of English, is an intensive English program providing noncredit English language instruction to undergraduate and graduate international students who have not yet been admitted to degree programs because they need to improve their reading, writing, grammar, or spoken English skills to compete successfully in the university classroom.
International Graduate Teaching Assistants who score low on the Test of Spoken English (TSE), the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK), or other nationally standardized tests may register for LCC 6034: English for International Teaching Assistants and Faculty, a noncredit course on English pronunciation and U.S. academic culture.
LCC courses do not count toward degrees, but do count toward full-time student status for immigration reporting purposes and for calculation of building use and student service fees.
For further information, contact:
University of Houston
Department of English
Language and Culture Center
116 Roy Cullen Building
Houston, TX 77204-3014
Cooperative Education is a program which enables college students to receive career training, with pay, as they work with professionals in their major fields of study. Work experience in government, business, industry, and human services enhances the students' academic training. This valuable experience is documented on their official transcripts.
Most employers use the co-op concept as a recruiting tool. They tend to fill their vacancies with graduates from their own co-op programs, whenever possible, since they already know the capabilities and work habits of those they have trained.
Most co-op positions are offered on a full-time, alternating basis with two students filling each job. While one student works, the other attends school. They trade places each spring, summer, and fall term. There are a few positions that are on a part-time schedule throughout the year; these are known as parallel co-op jobs. Jobs are available in most majors.
For further information, contact:
University of Houston
Cullen College of Engineering
Director of Cooperative Education
302 Engineering Bldg 1
Houston, TX 77204-4028
The Cullen College of Engineering seeks to provide increased opportunities for students with diverse backgrounds. To implement this policy, the college has established a special program called PROMES (pronounced "promise"), the Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies. This program provides support in the academic, social, and financial areas, with strong emphasis on making a student's first year in college a success. Incoming PROMES students enroll in special courses and workshops designed to lead to that success. PROMES provides an informal setting for the new students. Academic monitoring, tutoring, general orientation, and where applicable, career and personal counseling are all part of the program.
Financial aid for PROMES students is available through normal scholarship and financial aid programs, grants, special PROMES scholarships, and after the freshman year the Cooperative Education Program. The program’s annual Christmas party and spring awards banquet enhance the campus social life of PROMES students.
PROMES is open to engineering students of all ethnicities and nationalities.
For information, call 713-743-4222.
Students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in the social sciences, business, journalism, communications, kinesiology, or one of the many other related academic disciplines, may prepare for professional careers in nonprofit organizations.
By participating in and completing academic and co-curricular requirements, students prepare for certification as nonprofit professionals through American Humanics, Inc. (AH), a national nonprofit organization founded in 1948. AH certification is recognized by 17 national youth and human service organizations as well as a growing number of Houston and Harris County affiliated agencies that provide internships and job placement both locally and nationally.
Students enroll in elective and other courses that fit within their chosen degree requirements. Competencies required for AH certification are in the areas of:
Co-curricular activities include volunteer opportunities and community service; membership in the American Humanics Student Association (AHSA), a recognized campus organization; attendance at the AHSA annual retreat; professional development workshops; and attendance at the National American Humanics Management Institute.
Academic advising and assistance in the certification process is provided by the American Humanics Program Coordinator. AH is a project of the Graduate College of Social Work, serving undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students.
Co-curricular activities are partially funded through a one-time enrollment fee of $50 and an annual program fee of $50 will be added to the student’s bill. Student association dues are $30 per year. Limited financial assistance is available through American Humanics, Inc. for students who have actively participated in AH for six months.
For more information about AH and how to begin the certification process, call 713-743-8018.
The Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) program emphasizes the leadership and management skills that prepare cadets to assume a regular commission in the active United States Air Force. Courses and activities teach military customs and courtesies, core values, leadership and ethics, and policy formation.
Air Force ROTC offers a pathway from college to many exciting career possibilities as an Air Force officer: flying, engineering, intelligence, computer systems, aircraft maintenance, management, etc. Scholarships are available, and vary in size and length, and cover tuition, books, and fees. The maximum age for commissioning is 35.
The first two years of the Air Force ROTC program, the General Military Course, consist of one hour of classroom work and two hours of leadership laboratory each week.
Upon completion of the General Military Course requirements, cadets who wish to compete for entry into the last two years of the program, the Professional Officer Course, must do so under the requirements of the Professional Officer Course selection system. This system uses qualitative factors, such as grade point average, unit commander evaluation, aptitude test scores and physical fitness test scores to determine a student’s officer potential. After selection, students must successfully complete a summer four-week field training encampment at an assigned Air Force base before entering the Professional Officer Course. Cadets enrolled in the Professional Officer Course attend class three hours a week and participate in a weekly leadership laboratory lasting two hours.
In the Professional Officer Course, cadets apply what they learned in the General Military Course and at field training. Professional Officer Course cadets conduct the leadership laboratories and manage the unit’s cadet wing. Professional Officer Course classes emphasize group discussions and cadet presentations. Classroom topics included leadership and management, communication skills, and national defense policy.
Once enrolled in the Professional Officer Course, all cadets are enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and assigned to the Obligated Reserve Section. This entitles them to a monthly nontaxable subsistence allowance during the academic year of $350 per month for juniors and $400 per month for seniors.
The objective of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program is to develop leadership and management skills. Upon completion of the degree and the ROTC program, students may be offered a regular or reserve commission in the United States Army. The university offers both a two- and four-year ROTC program.
The four-year program is taken in two phases. The basic course is taken in the freshman and sophomore years. It incurs no military obligation, but it may earn physical education credit. Courses include leadership and management with practical training in military skills and survival. Veterans may be granted credit for the basic course. In the second phase, leadership and management training are expanded. Students earn $450 per month and attend a paid six-week summer camp following their junior year.The two-year program consists of attending a paid six-week basic ROTC camp in lieu of the basic course. Completion of this camp qualifies students for admission into the advanced course.
For further information, contact:
U.S. Army ROTC
Department of Military Science
University of Houston
3875 Holman St Rm. 28
Houston, TX 77204-6014
Although the university does not have a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) unit, qualified students may participate in the NROTC program at Rice University. The cross-enrollment program is an arrangement between the University of Houston, Rice, and the U.S. Navy, represented by the Naval Science Department at Rice University.
There are three NROTC programs leading to a commission in the reserve components of the Navy or Marine Corps:
Interested students should contact the NROTC Rice University.
NROTC Unit Houston Consortium
Rice University, MS 556
6100 S. Main
Houston, Texas 77001
See the course schedule for registration information.
Responding to the educational needs of the rapidly growing Houston area, the University of Houston makes credit course offerings available at locations away from the main campus and to enrolled students at home.
The University of Houston offers face-to-face and live interactive classes at three locations in the greater Houston area.
Credit courses offered at these sites include junior, senior, and graduate level courses from selected degree programs. New courses are added each semester, and proposed courses undergo the same rigorous design and review as those offered on the main campus.
Credit courses are taught by University of Houston faculty members and have the same prerequisites, content, and requirements as on the main campus.
The off-site facilities currently offer a broad range of courses that apply to undergraduate and graduate degrees including collaboratively delivered programs in cooperation with partner universities.
All three off-campus centers provide classrooms, conference rooms, computer labs, distance learning classrooms, library facilities, and administrative offices.
UH Distance Education coordinates the delivery of courses off-campus, online and via Instructional Television.
For further information about credit courses offered by UH Distance Education, visit www.uh.edu/uhdistance or call 713-743-3327.
You may also call the
- UH System at Cinco Ranch (832-842-2800),
- UH System at Sugar Land (281-275-3300),
- The University Center (281-618-7140).
Continuing Education provides a broad array of noncredit certificate programs, courses, and activities at the main campus, at other UH System locations, and on-site for corporate clients. Focusing on career and professional development, these opportunities are designed to respond to the expressed needs of Houston’s business community.
For more information about offerings, call 713-743-1060, or visit or Web site at www.uh.edu/continuingeducation.
Moores School of Music Preparatory and Continuing Studies Department offers private music instruction and classes to students of all ages. Professional Development workshops for music educators are offered on a variety of topics through the year. For more information, call 713-743-3398 or visit www.pcs.uh.edu.
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