Diversity and Identity Abroad
Learn about specific resources to help you travel abroad.
Policies and Guidelines
Learn how to request and earn credit for your programs abroad.
ViaTRM Traveler Software
UH students can search for and should apply for Learning Abroad programs in ViaTRM, our online Traveler Software. UH Faculty, Staff, and the general public do not have access to create their own profiles on ViaTRM. For more information, please talk to a Learning Abroad staff member.
Absentee Voting while Abroad
Be sure your vote counts, even while you are on a program abroad. Visit thie U.S. Vote Foundation's website linked above for more information.
We recommend students to add their learning abroad experience to their resume and utilize it during their job search. View our Career & Resume Handout for resume layout examples and other career support.
For more support, students can also meet with the University Career Services office.
Programs Abroad during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Students may continue to plan their programs abroad with the help of our office. However, students should understand that Learning Abroad programs are subject to change or cancellation based on the University of Houston System international travel restrictions as affected by conditions both in the U.S. and abroad. If we approve a student's program application either on ViaTRM and/or with their program provider, that does not guarantee that the program will not be impacted in the future. Students should stay in close contact with their Learning Abroad advisor closely during their process applying to and preparing for their program abroad.
- The Cougar Emergency Fund is a grant administered through the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services (DSAES), established through the generous gifts of alumni and friends of the University of Houston. It provides current students with assistance when an extraordinary need is identified, or students find themselves dealing with a personal or family emergency which creates uncertainty in being able to meet the costs associated with attending school. To request an application, click here.
- CARES Act: UH has been granted $18.3 million through the federal CARES Act, which Congress has designated for emergency grants for students. For more information, see the univeristy's email on student emergency aid funding here.
- Emergency loans: The UH Dean of Students Office offers emergency loans for unforeseen emergencies. Find more information here.
- Classes are currently being offered online for the spring and summer semesters. While this may be a challenge for many students and faculty, we want to help make the shift to online learning as seamless as possible by providing a few key tips and resources.
- Interim Grading Policy: Due to the unique and unprecedented challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Houston is implementing an interim policy for undergraduate and graduate grades. Find more information here.
- Reverse culture shock is common when you return from abroad and may be more difficult when a program ends abruptly. You may find this resource from USAC helpful.
- Health: Testing availability in Houston is continuing to develop. If you are showing symptoms, please call ahead to your medical provider to set up an appointment to be tested. If you have medical needs, please contact the UH Student Health Center for support.
- Counseling: CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) can offer some support to students in this time of crisis. They are currently waiving fees for students. Please see their website for more information.
Forms & Documents
- Course Equivalency Form with Checklist and Instructions (updated August 2021)
- Learning Abroad GPA Waiver
- This form is for students who have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to 2.499 at time of applying to program.
- Students with below a 2.0 GPA are not eligible to participate in learning abroad programs.
Financial Aid FormsTo request additional financial aid in the form of loans, students must complete the Learning Abroad Financial Aid form, submit it to their Learning Abroad advisor, and then turn it in to UH Financial Aid. Students can get additional aid if they have remaining funds from that academic year and if they are going on a program abroad for credit. Additional details and restrictions may apply on a case by case basis. Please talk to your adivsor and UH Financial Aid for more information.
- Financial Aid Form 2020-2021
- Use this for Fall 2020, Winter 2020-2021, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 programs
- Financial Aid Form 2021-2022
- Use this form for Fall 2021, Winter 2021-2022, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022 programs
Global Citizens Credential
Students who complete a learning abroad program are encouraged to complete their Global Citizens Credential! The Global Citizens Credential (GCC) is an undergraduate program offered at the University of Houston that recognizes students for global learning activities (such as global courses, language proficiency, learning abroad, global scholarly work, and/or intercultural activities) and awards its graduates with a transcript credential, certificate, and honor cord. The GCC is a good resume-builder and helps students stand-out when applying to jobs, graduate school, and competitive international scholarships. The program also encourages students to be more active global citizens and make a greater impact in their community. For more information about the GCC program, please visit the website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org