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UHV's main campus is in Victoria, Texas, center of the South Texas Crossroads in the heart of the Golden Gulf Coast. Victoria is an expanding historic city on the banks of the Guadalupe River. It is a short distance by car from Victoria to Houston (193 km), San Antonio (180 km) and Austin (196 km).

Victoria offers a wide array of cultural experiences from the ballet and theater to numerous festivals and outdoor recreational opportunities. It's local cuisine is diverse and you will find various entertainment options such as movies and bowling.

Our off-campus centers are located in Cinco Ranch (Katy) and Sugar Land, both suburbs of Houston. Houston Texas, the fourth largest city in the United States, is home to the Houston Rockets and your very own, Yao Ming. A culturally diverse city, Houston offers a vast array of entertainment, educational, dining and shopping experiences. With it's historic museum and theater districts, Houston displays its vibrant community for all its visitors.

The weather in south Texas generally is hot and humid in the summer months of June through August, and winters are generally mild with temperatures seldom falling below freezing. Rain is well distributed throughout the year. A couple of thick sweaters, a coat and a pair of gloves should be ample for the winter months. Light cotton casual wear is recommended for most months. For more information on the climate, visit: www.weather.com

 Students attended a Victoria Symphony performance in October and had the opportunity to meet the Director, Darryl One. Pictured are Yong Yang, Jin Shang, Lishan Duan, Darryl One, Zeliang Gao, Hongchao Ma and Peng Sun.

 


For information about Victoria Texas, please visit the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau  website.

For information about Houston Texas, please visit the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

 

 

Health Care

The U.S. healthcare system is difficult to understand, even for Americans. Seek advice of trusted friends and relatives to learn about the best option for your particular situation. The system in the States is one of the best (and most expensive) in the world. Unusual health hazards in the United States are rare; tap water, for example, is safe to drink nationwide. The 911 or 0 (zero) emergency telephone system is also widely available. Quality healthcare is available everywhere in the country from a variety of sources. The key lies in knowing the proper procedures and knowing where to go for specific kinds of care. This knowledge can save an international visitor significant amounts of time and money. Because healthcare for a major accident or illness can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, most Americans have health insurance to minimize the costs.

When looking for healthcare, there are a variety of options available. There are non-urgent care clinics, emergency rooms, private physicians, and specialty clinics. With all of the choices available, deciding where to go or who to see may seem intimidating. To help you make an informed decision, consider asking a friend or coworker who they see for healthcare. For convenience, consider finding a healthcare provider close to your home or work. Healthcare in the United States can be quite expensive, and all of these facilities will require some form of insurance coverage or payment for services rendered during the visit. It is important that you become aware of your insurance provider's specifications for treatment before you need medical assistance. Also, if possible, you should look at a variety of medical centers before deciding upon one to provide you care. Questions to ask both your insurance provider and the medical facility you are considering using might include:

 

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, do not worry about whether or not the hospital you are going to will accept your insurance. Go to the nearest hospital or dial 911.

A good site on the web is http://www.internationalstudent.com/study_usa/pre-departure/insurance/index.shtml, which provides information regarding insurance for international visitors.

Citizens Medical Center

Founded in 1956, Citizens Medical Center is a 344-bed, not-for-profit, community-owned acute care hospital serving Victoria and the 12-county region. This fully-accredited major medical center employs more than 1,200 people and maintains a medical staff of 240 physicians representing 34 specialties. Special features include Chest Pain Center, emergency care, the Kathryn O'Connor Regional Cancer Center, Women's Pavilion, Home Health Services, a new Bariatric Center, and a rehabilitation and fitness wellness center. Citizens Medical Center is affiliated with three rural health clinics and offers the region two state-of-the-art MRI's and CT scan units. www.citizensmedicalcenter.org

DeTar Healthcare System

Founded in 1925, the fully accredited DeTar Healthcare System spreads throughout numerous locations including two hospital campuses, DeTar Hospital Navarro and DeTar Hospital North. Providing healthcare services to over 10,000 people per month, DeTar has over 1,000 employees, a medical staff of over 238 physicians, 308 beds and a full array of ancillary, inpatient and outpatient services.

In addition to everything expected from full-service acute care hospitals, the DeTar System also includes an Emergency/Trauma Department, Urgent Care Centers, Rural Medical Clinics in surrounding communities, a Health & Wellness Center, a Senior Care Center, an Occupational Medicine Center, inpatient & outpatient rehabilitation, a Sleep Disorders Center and now the new Women & Children's Center. www.detar.com