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Global Strategies and Studies


global imageGlobal Strategies and Studies (GSS) is the centralized global leadership team at the University of Houston. GSS facilitates the strategic engagement of the colleges, centers and departments with UH's partners across the world to promote and enhance their worldwide brand, reputation, and visibility related to global education instruction, scholarly research, and experiential learning. GSS is committed to furthering these endeavors and assisting the university in producing world-class, culturally diverse, and competent graduates. GSS provides global resources for the university and functions as a clearing house for all formal university worldwide business.


International Student and Scholar Services

International Student and Scholar Services advances the goals of Global Strategies and Studies by providing for the special needs of international students and exchange visitors related to their status as non-immigrants of the United States. It fulfills the University of Houston's responsibility to comply with the laws and regulations of the U.S. and federal government and promotes internationalization through comprehensive services and programs. 

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Learning Abroad

Learning Abroad advances the goals of Global Strategies and Studies by offering undergraduate and graduate students a unique, life changing, educational experience overseas. It facilitates opportunities for students to participate in faculty-led, reciprical exchange, and affiliated third party providers of learning abroad as well as research initiatives, internships, non-credit experiential learning, and volunteer activities.

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Global Initiatives

Global Initiatives advances the goals of Global Strategies and Studies by furthering the international interests of the University of Houston through strategic engagement that raises the University's global profile at home and overseas. It provides comprehensive international resources and opportunities to faculty, staff, students, and community partners. 

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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.

Proposal form
- Memo to Deans and Department Chairs

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.

Global Strategies and Studies Advisory Committee

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

Clinical Assistant Professor of Management 
Yali Zou Education  713-743-4982 Professor of Educational Psychology and Director Asian Studies Center 
Suresh Khator Engineering  713-743-4205 Professor of Industrial Engineering and Associate Dean
Richard Armstrong Honors  713-743-3306 Associate Professor
KiJoon Back Hotel and Restaurant Management  713-743-2530
Barbara Evans Law 713-743-2993 Professor of Law and Director Center for Biotechnology and Law
Anadeli Bencomo Liberal Arts and Social Sciences 713-743-3068 Professor Hispanic Studies
Hildegard Glass Liberal Arts and Social Sciences 713-743-3049 Chair Department of Modern and Classical Languages 
Andrea Malone Library  713-743-9763 Librarian Modern and Classical Languages and Ethnic Studies
Anne Delcour Natural Sciences and Mathematics 713-743-2684 Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Lisette Barton Nursing 832-842-8202 Assistant Professor
Alison McDermott Optometry  713-743-1974 Golden-Golden Professor of Optometry and Vision Sciences
MariVi Tejada-Simon  Pharmacy  713-743-7835 Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Patrick Leung Social Work  713-743-8111 Professor Social Work and Director for the Graduate College of Social Work 
Heidar Malki Technology  713-743-4075 Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Rebecca Szwarc  Staff Council 713-743-6030 Administrative Assistant
Adrian Castillo Student Government Representative 832-842-6225
Student Government Association


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.

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Passport Acceptance Facility


Office Hours
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

The facility will be closed on weekends, all federal holidays, scheduled university breaks, or during emergency university closures
Please visit the UH calendar for a list of upcoming closures
Upcoming closures: Monday, May 30, 2016 (in observance of Memorial Day)

Open to all U.S. citizens applying for a U.S. passport

If you are a current University of Houston student find out how to obtain a free passport through Passport for Coogs

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Download the passport checklist.

Forms are available online or at facility. Please visit the U.S. Passport and International Travel website prior to coming to coming to campus to ensure timely processing of your application, confirm your eligibility, and determine appropriate support documentation for proof of identity and citizenship. Please visit our FAQ page for a list of our most frequently asked questions about passports.

University of Houston Main Campus
4302 University Drive
Houston, Texas 77204

Ezekiel W. Cullen Building
Suite 105 (first floor)
No. 516 on the campus interactive map
(behind the Cullen Performance Hall)

Visitor Parking 
UH Welcome Center garage
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Contact Information
Phone: 713-743-9167