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UH Global

Overview

global imageUH Global promotes and enhances the UH brand, reputation, and community worldwide through scholarly research, experiential learning, global engagement, and strategic partnerships with the intention of creating cross-culturally diverse, successful students focused on international social, legal, economic, political, and technological issues.

Branches

International

The International branch of UH Global welcomes students and visiting scholars from around the world to study and work at the University of Houston.

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Learning Abroad

Learning Abroad facilitates travel across the globe through a number of international learning opportunities, including faculty-led programs, traditional study abroad programs, research opportunities, internships, volunteer opportunities, non-credit experiential learning programs, service learning programs, and exchange programs.

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Global Network

The Global Network facilitates partnerships around the world through MOUs, strategic partnerships, scholarships, and grants.

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Global Citizens Credential

Purpose

The Global Citizens Credential (GCC) allows students to enhance their degrees with a set of core competencies that will distinguish them as global citizens. These core competencies are identified as global knowledge, global engagement, and global responsibility.

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Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Obtain knowledge of cross-cultural and cross-national issues.
  • Develop skills and competencies to effectively form relationships and perspectives.
  • Acquire competency in written and oral communication in at least one foreign language.
  • Explain the main problems faced by certain countries or regions of the world.
  • Understand the ways countries embark in their quest for growth and development.
  • Analyze some of the conceptual frameworks used to understand the globalization process.

Eligibility and Criteria

The GCC is open to any UH undergraduate student in good academic standing reflected by a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above, and who is not facing any disciplinary action. There is no fee involved to the student to apply for the GCC.

The GCC is based on five categories:

  1. Global Courses
  2. Learning Abroad
  3. Language Proficiency
  4. Global Scholarly Work
  5. Intercultural Activities

The student needs to demonstrate involvement or participation in a variety of categories and earn at least 10 out of a possible 16 points in order to receive the GCC. The student is also required to participate in a Capstone Symposium.

Verification of Completion

Global Courses (2 or 4 points)

2 points - Successful completion (C or higher) of two upper-level global courses from the approved list of global area courses. The course list is not exhaustive and students can provide their course syllabus to UH Global for any course(s) they believe meets the requirements.

List of Approved Courses

4 points – Successful completion of any explicitly international or global studies minor.

List of Approved Minors

Learning Abroad (2 or 4 points)

Students are expected to participate in a learning abroad experience with a UH academic program overseas (e.g. faculty-led, reciprocal exchange, or affiliated program) or with a documented professional activity abroad (e.g. internship, research, service learning, or volunteerism).

2 points – For an academic or professional learning experience abroad lasting at least 7 days.

4 points – For an academic or professional learning experience abroad lasting more than 7 days.

Language Proficiency (2 or 4 points)

2 points – Successful completion of two sophomore-level (intermediate) with at least a “B” or two junior-level (advanced) with at least a “C” foreign language courses taken either at UH or as part of a language immersion program where UH credit is awarded; OR if a student already speaks a language other than English, the student can take a placement exam or have his or her proficiency determined by a UH faculty member.

4 points – Successful completion of any language minor.

Global Scholarly Work (1 or 2 points)

Students can fulfill the requirements for this category either locally, throughout the U.S., or abroad.

1 point – Attendance or participation in a conference, seminar, symposia, or workshop that involves a global, multicultural, or international dimension.

2 points – Authoring or co-authoring a scholarly work with international collaborators such as foreign embassies, multinational enterprises, non-governmental organizations, or research and development institutes.

Fall 2017 Global Scholarly Events

Intercultural Activities (1 or 2 points)

1 point – Active participation by attending at least one international related session, seminar, or workshop. The activity must be reviewed beforehand by UH Global.

2 points – Taking a leadership role in an on or off-campus international organization or event listed under UH Global.

Fall 2017 Intercultural Activities

Capstone Symposium

Students will be required to attend a Capstone Symposium once they have completed the minimum number of points required to earn the GCC.

Scoring Matrix

Points

Global
Courses

Learning
Abroad

Language
Proficiency

Global
Scholarly
Work

Intercultural
Activities

Capstone
Symposium

2

2

2

1

1

4

4

4

2

2

Recognition

Upon successful completion of the requirements for the GCC:

  • An ad-hoc notation on his or her academic transcripts
  • A certificate signed by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
  • A cord or sash to wear at the graduation ceremony

Resources

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Global Faculty Development Fund

The Global Faculty Development Fund (GFDF) was established to further faculty involvement in the globalization process of the university. This Provost initiative will increase both the assortment and quality of UH’s global programs by helping faculty to defray the costs of engaging in innovative global activities.

Erasmus+ Faculty Mobility Grant

Swansea University is offering Erasmus+ faculty mobility grants for faculty from Texas Strategic Partnership universities to undertake short teaching visits to Swansea University.

UH Global Advisory Committee

Name
College 
Phone Number
Email Address
Department / Role 
Dietmar Froehlich  Architecture  713-298-4977 dfroehlich@uh.edu Co-Director Graduate Studies and Assoc. Professor of Architecture
Marina Sebastijanovic Business 713-743-4650

msebastijanovic@uh.edu

Clinical Assistant Professor of Management 
Yali Zou Education  713-743-4982 yzou@uh.edu Professor of Educational Psychology and Director Asian Studies Center 
Suresh Khator Engineering  713-743-4205 skhator@uh.edu Professor of Industrial Engineering and Associate Dean
Richard Armstrong Honors  713-743-3306 rarmstrong3@uh.edu Associate Professor
KiJoon Back Hotel and Restaurant Management  713-743-2530 kback@uh.edu
Professor
Barbara Evans Law 713-743-2993 bjevans@uh.edu Professor of Law and Director Center for Biotechnology and Law
Anadeli Bencomo Liberal Arts and Social Sciences 713-743-3068 abencomo@uh.edu Professor Hispanic Studies
Hildegard Glass Liberal Arts and Social Sciences 713-743-3049 hfglass@uh.edu Chair Department of Modern and Classical Languages 
Andrea Malone Library  713-743-9763 armalone@uh.edu Librarian Modern and Classical Languages and Ethnic Studies
Anne Delcour Natural Sciences and Mathematics 713-743-2684 adelcour@uh.edu Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Terry Kirk Nursing 832-842-8209 tdkirk@uh.edu Clinical Associate Professor
Vivien Coulson-Thomas Optometry  713-743-2042 vjcoulson-thomas@uh.edu Assistant Professor
MariVi Tejada-Simon  Pharmacy  713-743-7835 mvtejada-simon@uh.edu Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Patrick Leung Social Work  713-743-8111 pleung@uh.edu Professor Social Work and Director for the Graduate College of Social Work 
Heidar Malki Technology  713-743-4075 hmalki@central.uh.edu Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Maria Modelska Engineering
(Staff Council Representative)
713-743-3677 mjmodelska@uh.edu Associate Director, Research Center Administrator
Hina Uddin Student Government Representative 832-842-6225 sga@uh.edu
Student Government Association

FAQs

What is Global Strategies and Studies?

Global Strategies and Studies – commonly referred to as GSS is the centralized global leadership team at the University of Houston. GSS facilitates resources and assistance for all global operations at the university, and functions as a clearing house for all formal university international business. International Student and Scholar Services, Learning Abroad and Global Initiatives reside under GSS.

What does International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) do?

ISSS facilitates all aspects of accepted incoming international students, faculty and dependents coming to the university. This includes providing visa and support services related to a student’s non-immigrant status while attending the university. More information on International Student and Scholar Services.

What does Learning Abroad (LA) do?

LA facilitates all aspects of preparing and processing student undertaking an overseas learning program, including reciprocal exchange with partnership institutions. More information on Learning Abroad.

What does Global Initiatives (GI) do?

GI provides support services to university faculty and staff by furthering strategic engagement with the international community through outreach both locally and overseas with the Houston area consulate general offices, international centers, organizations, schools and clubs, and business and university partnerships, among others. It is prmilarily involved with the operational activities such as international recruitment, program management and marketing operations, and global opportunities assessment associated with raising the global profile of the university. More information on Global Initiatives

What is a Memorandum of Understanding?

Commonly referred to as an MOU, a Memorandum of Understanding is the formal agreement between UH and another entity, typically with a foreign institution of higher education, that allows the two parties to enter into a protective state for the sharing of ideas, research, faculty and staff exchanges, and allow for free discussion on the development of specific programs. This is typically facilitated at the college level and approved at the provost level.

What is a Memorandum of Agreement?

Commonly referred to as an MOA, a Memorandum of Agreement is the formal and legal articulation of specific programs, research or directives that are the result or extension of an MOU with the same entity. An MOA is typically facilitated by GSS and approved by  UH Legal Affairs. Some other variations are defined as Articulation Agreements (AA) or Addendum to a Memorandum of Understanding, which are also used for the legal articulation of specific programs, research or directives, among others. 

What is the process for establishing an international institutional partnership?

Instructions on establishing an international institutional partnership.

For any additional questions not answered here, please contact Global Strategies and Studies at gss@uh.edu.