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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.



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


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. Completion of GCC requirements is certified by the Office of the Provost – UH Global and the Office of the Registrar.

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Campus internationalization is a process which focuses on the most compelling social, legal, economic, political, and technological aspects of countries other than the United States. It involves working together with people from several disciplines towards a common goal.

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

The GCC is based on five categories. Namely: global courses , learning abroad , language proficiency , global scholarly work , and intercultural activities. The student needs to demonstrate involvement or participation in each one of these categories and earn at least 10 out of a possible 16 points, regardless of the category in order to receive the GCC. The student is also required to participate in a Capstone Symposium during the student’s final semester.

Global Courses (2 or 4 points)

This category requires the successful completion of certain upper-level global courses. Students will receive 2 points after completing two courses from the attached list of approved global area courses or 4 points after completion of any explicitly international or global studies minor as listed in the appendix.

Learning Abroad (2 or 4 points)

Students are expected to participate in a learning abroad experience with a UH academic program overseas (faculty-led, reciprocal exchange, or affiliated program) or with a documented professional activity abroad (internship, research, service learning, or volunteerism). They will receive 2 points for an academic or professional learning experience abroad lasting at least 7 days or 4 points for an academic or professional learning experience abroad lasting more than 7 days.

Language Proficiency (2 or 4 points)

Language proficiency is defined to mean successful completion of two semester-long sophomore-level (intermediate) or junior-level (advanced) foreign language courses taken either at UH or as part of a language immersion program where UH credit is awarded. Students will receive 2 points after successful completion of two sophomore-level foreign language courses for UH credit with at least a “B” or two junior-level foreign language courses for UH credit with a “C” or better.

Global Scholarly Work (1 or 2 points)

Students can fulfill the requirements for this category either locally, throughout the U.S., or abroad to the extent it has an international reach. They will receive 1 point to reward their attendance or participation in a conference, seminar, symposia, or workshop that involves a global dimension. Students will receive 2 points if they have taken a proactive role in authoring or co-authoring a scholarly work.

Intercultural Activities (1 or 2 points)

Active participation and leadership in certain on and off-campus international organizations or events enhances cultural sensitivity and develops skills necessary to create global awareness and effectively interact and communicate in cross-cultural settings. Students will receive 1 point after demonstrating active participation by attending at least one session, seminar, or workshop or 2 points after taking a leadership role in an organization or event listed under UH Global.

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. The Capstone Symposium will allow students to broaden their awareness of the most fundamental social, legal, economic, political, and technological dimensions the world faces. UH Global will offer the Capstone Symposium at least twice a year. There will be a variety of formats where a relevant global issue(s) will be described or presented before opening up the floor for discussion.

Scoring Matrix






Language Proficiency

Scholarly Work

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The GCC is housed in UH Global. GCC candidates will submit all relevant criteria materials to UH Global at any point throughout the academic year. UH Global will verify the completion of the GCC criteria by the students. The Office of the Provost will provide to the Office of the Registrar the documentation confirming the completion of the GCC once degree completion has been conferred by UH.


Upon successful completion of the requirements for the GCC, the Office of the Registrar will add an ad-hoc notation on the students’ transcripts. They will also receive a certificate signed by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and a cord or sash to wear at the graduation ceremony identifying them as having completed the GCC.


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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.

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- 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.

UH Global 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.

For any additional questions not answered here, please contact Global Strategies and Studies at