Special Initiatives

With our global initiatives and innovative programs, we continue to change the world and prepare graduates to become leaders in their professions and communities. To ensure student success, Texas Global collaborates with academic units and international partners to develop new and innovative programming.

Current Projects

Global Virtual Exchange

This program facilitates international education without requiring students to leave their local classroom. It leverages technology to foster cross-cultural student exchange by providing a virtual international learning environment that brings UT Austin students and students at international universities together.

Global Health

Texas Global is working in partnership with the Dell Medical School to create a comprehensive global health program which focuses on education, research and service and includes stakeholders from across the UT campus.  

Diplomacy Lab

Launched by Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013, the Diplomacy Lab enables the Department of State to “course-source,” or work with students and faculty experts across the United States, on innovative research related to foreign policy challenges.

Faculty International Engagement Program

Designed to spark international research collaborations beyond disciplinary divides, the Faculty International Engagement Program brings faculty from across campus together for interdisciplinary workshops and other networking events, centered on topics of strategic interest to the university, such as entrepreneurship, energy research, and engagement with Mexico.

France-UT Endowed Excellence Fund

Established as a partnership with the Embassy of France in the United States, The France-UT Endowed Excellence Fund program supports scholarly collaborations in all disciplines between The University of Texas at Austin and institutions of higher learning in France.

The President's Award for Global Learning

The President's Award for Global Learning, a signature program of the International Board of Advisors (IBA), engages students and faculty to examine real-world challenges and enact solutions in an international context.

STINT Teaching Sabbatical Program

The Swedish Foundation (STINT) Teaching Sabbatical Program brings top Swedish  professors to UT Austin for a semester to teach courses in collaboration with local faculty and exchange best practices for engaging students in the classroom. This program helps contribute to innovation in Swedish and US higher education and generates international peer networks among faculty. 



Successful Projects

Projects with Underserved Communities

An innovative study abroad and project-based service-learning opportunity that solves a problem in an underserved community while giving students an opportunity to build their skills.

Global Professional Trainings

A full-day conference that prepares UT students for international working and living environments, and equips them with an international network for their future professional pursuits.

Global Research Fellowship

This initiative supported and encouraged international research and field work among UT graduate students. The fellowship provided funds to cover travel and lodging expenses accrued while conducting research as a part of a thesis or dissertation.

Student Crosstalk

An initiative that brings students together through digital media to dispel cultural stereotypes and break down communication barriers caused by lack of understanding.


Successful Grants

Partners of the Americas in Education Abroad

Undergraduate Jackson School of Geoscience student research exchange in partnership with UNAM in Mexico City.

Cuban Nonprofit Management Scholarship Program

Grant that supports the professional growth of emerging nonprofit leaders from Cuba by offering U.S. university graduate-level degrees in nonprofit management. 


Global Academy Customized Programs

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq

This grant funded program brings Iraqi scholars to UT Austin for faculty development, mentoring and cultural exchange activities with the intent to build the capacity of their home institutions and to advance the education of future generations.

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP)

The Leadership, Law and Social Justice Institute at UT Austin is a four-week summer exchange program that brings English-speaking secondary school students from Iraq.

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI)

A flagship program of President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), the Mandela Washington Fellowship and six-week institute at UT equips the next generation of leaders in Africa with the skills to bring about positive sustainable development.

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI)

This immersive program empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders to ;effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities across Latin America and the Caribbean.


Get Involved

Texas Global has had a number of successful international grants that range from outbound student programming, virtual cultural exchange, English as a Second Language programming as well as incoming student scholarships and customized programs.

Interested in partnering with Texas Global? Please email Laurie Young, director of Special Initiatives, for more information.