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University of Houston-Victoria

International Student Services

Location:  University West Building, Room 104-C
Telephone: (361) 570-4110
Fax: (361) 580-5500


Welcome International Students!

International Student Services supports the UHV mission to foster student success through academic support and assistance to the international student population enrolled at our institution.  In order to accomplish your academic goals, international students must comply with regulations set by the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  The International Student Services staff at UHV is here to help you do this.

International Students

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a new website, Study in the, which prospective students can access.  The website describes the entire international process and gives additional information to assist students in taking the steps to study in this country.  There are also social media platforms:

  • Twitter:  @StudyinStates
  • Facebook:
  • Blog:

The U.S. immigration service requires UHV to comply with the immigration regulations also.  The ISS staff interacts with government offices to maintain the immigration certifications for UHV.  Immigration laws and procedures change often, and our staff is continually training to ensure compliance with regulations.

Meeting with an International Student Coordinator

We meet with current or prospective students on a walk-in basis, and prefer an email or telephone call to confirm a time slot to make sure we set aside time to fully meet your needs.  We travel to the UH-Sugar Land  and Cinco Ranch campus for Student Support days, orientation sessions, and OPT workshops. 

Please check the information to the left of this page for specific information pertaining to international students at UHV.

About UHV - The Campus Locations

The University of Houston-Victoria, founded as an upper-level institution in 1973, is one of four separate institutions in the University of Houston System. UHV offers approximately 50 bachelor's and master's degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. Our exceptional faculty members have authored books, published journal articles and received fellowships for further study.

The University of Houston-Victoria is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. UHV has an enrollment of approximately 3600 students each fall and spring semester.

Victoria, Texas, center of the South Texas Crossroads in the Texas Gulf Coast region, is an expanding historic city on the banks of the Guadalupe River. More than 150 years old, it was one of the first three towns chartered by the new republic when Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836. It is a short distance by car from Victoria to Houston (200 km), San Antonio (180 km) and Austin (196 km). Freshmen students are directed to attend classes at the Victoria campus which has campus housing facilities. Upper-level classes are offered at the Sugar Land, Texas campus , and at the Cinco Ranch campus in Katy, Texas, two cities near Houston in Fort Bend County.

F-1 students will need to ensure that the program you wish to study is offered at the campus location you wish to attend. For a list of programs available at each campus please see the UHV Program Guide for F-1 International Student Admission.

Housing Accommodations

Jaguar Hall, UHV's first student housing facility in Victoria, Texas, opened in the fall of 2010. This quality student housing facility features double-occupancy rooms, each with a private bathroom, Internet, and cable television access. Jaguar Hall is located at 2705 Houston Highway, just a 10-minute walk away from the Victoria campus. Campus housing is limited to the Victoria campus, and is not available at the Sugar Land and Cinco Ranch/Katy, Texas locations.  In addition to Jaguar Hall, UHV updated the housing options in Fall 2013 to include Jaguar Court, and Jaugar Suites.  To see complete information about UHV housing options in Victoria, Texas, view UHV Student Housing web pages.  All freshmen and sophomore students are required to reside in university housing.

Monthly rates for apartments in Victoria vary from $800 to $1200 per month, and some are located within walking distance of the campus. Smaller houses are also available to rent at similar costs. Rates in Houston, Sugar Land and Katy, Texas, are similar. There is limited public transportation at the Sugar Land campus location. Students who do not have their own vehicle to drive may want to consider attending the Victoria or Katy, Texas, campus locations, depending on their intended degree program. Keep in mind that students must attend a campus that offers a majority of their program courses in a face-to-face format.

The Climate

The weather in south Texas is generally hot and humid in the summer months of June through August, consistently reaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees centigrade) or higher.  Winters are usually mild with temperatures seldom falling below freezing.  Rain is well distributed throughout the year.  Light clothing is recommended for the summer months, and a coat is needed for the winter months.