Join Us in Celebrating International Education Week 2018

At The University of Texas at Austin, we know what starts here changes the world. But before Longhorns become global leaders, they have to first know the world by experiencing new cultures, languages and histories.  

International education is more important now than ever before. That’s why from Nov. 12 to 16, we are celebrating International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. 

Students, organizations, colleges and offices across campus have prepared events to celebrate international academic exchange throughout the week, including International Trivia Night on Tuesday and International Storytelling Night on Wednesday. Browse to see all events during IEW.

In 2017-2018, Texas Global focused on several efforts to improve campus internationalization as well as academic and financial access to study abroad. Despite national trends, UT’s international population has grown to more than 8,000 international students, faculty, scholars and global academy participants from 140 countries. Study abroad participation has increased by 12 percent. 

We are grateful for our international community which includes international students, study abroad students, faculty and staff members dedicated to enriching students’ global learning experience, and we are delighted to celebrate our community's progress in international education in our impact report.

To commemorate students’ international experiences, we have curated the photo and video submissions from our study abroad students. These photos are the finalists of the 2018 Education Abroad Photo and Video contest, which includes six categories – Longhorn Pride, Major Abroad, Once in Lifetime, People of the World, Artistic Eye and Video.  

Vote for your favorites! Click the photo and like it on our Facebook page to select the winners in each category. 


Longhorn Pride

Students showcase themselves or their friends abroad in a moment that exemplifies their experience abroad, like participating in an exciting activity, eating an exotic food, doing the “Hook ’Em” or wearing the Texas Global flag Longhorn T-shirt in front of a historic building or landmark.


A girl doing a hook 'em horns in front of the London Tower Bridge


By Kristina Jin

London, England


Students carrying longhorn flag in Slovakia mountains


By Thomas Etzel

Tatra Mountains, Slovakia


A hook 'em horns sign next to an elephant


By Natalie Regennitter

Khwai, Botswana


Students looking at a landscape and doing hook 'em horns


By Cameron Goff

Montserrat, Spain


Students doing a hook 'em horns in Mexico City


By Cindy Ramirez

Mexico City, Mexico



Major Abroad

The Major Abroad category is a chance for study abroad student to give us an insight of their academic experiences abroad, showcasing their classes, study environments, unique field experiences, research settings, and more. 


A student in a Roman Archaelogical site


By Valorie Marks

Seville, Spain


a library in Sweden


By Maritza Ramirez

Uppsala, Sweden


Two students by the water in Chile


By Tiara Tanugraha

Atacama Salt Flat, Chile


Students wearing traditional clothing in Cape Town

By Lisa Marie Resendez

Cape Town, South Africa


Student with a camera and some elephants


By Justice Beverley

Cape Town, South Africa



Once in a Lifetime

The Once in a Lifetime category encourages students to capture that moment when they stop and realize that the study abroad experience truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity. 


A New Zealand landscape


By Calli McMurray

Arthur’s Pass, New Zealand


landscape in Cappadocia


By Milena Djordjevic-Kisacanin

Cappadocia, Turkey


Student with an elephant in Thailand


By Adiba Oiyshi

Chiang Mai, Thailand


A student jumping on white sands

By Andrea de Anda

Salta, Argentina


Students jumping and running in Cape Town

By Justice Beverley

Cape Town, South Africa



People of the World

The People of the World category captures the daily lives of people around the world, like vendors at the market, locals walking the streets, or people enjoying a festival. 


A woman selling food in Bangkok


By Adiba Oiyshi

Bangkok, Thailand


A man riding a horse in Argentina


By Katherine Chen



Two people walking down the stairs in Japan


By Mari Spurgers

Kyoto, Japan


People in Tanzania shot from a lower angle


By Maureen Nicol



A man reading a magazine in Prague


By Maya Coplin

Prague, Czech Republic



Artistic Eye

The Artistic Eye category gives students an opportunity to showcase creative vision, ranging from small details to large landscapes that capture a thought, feeling, idea, mood, or moment of their study abroad experience.


Aerial shot of Positano in Amalfi Coast


By Andy Nguyen

Positano, Italy


Sunset in Jervis Bay, Australia


By Maddie Claflin

Jervis Bay, Australia


A body of water and ice


By Ryan Hammock

Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður, Iceland


Origami cranes at Fushimi Inari Shrine


By Stephanie Brantley

Kyoto, Japan


A crystal ball in Chiang Rai, Thailand


By Adiba Oiyshi

Chiang Rai, Thailand





These student-produced videos document the best moments of their study abroad experiences. Click on the images to watch the full videos and vote here.


A video screenshot of iguanas 

By Alexandra Schauer


A video screenshot saying UT Austin Education Abroad

By Kalen McGuire, Chase Moore, Keelan Wilson


A video screenshot saying "my study abroad adventure" 

By Kristina Jin 


A video screen shot about the Catholic church

By Sydney Arceneaux


A video screenshot of Kyoto, Japan 

By Valeria Rae Mercado