Study Abroad with UHV
Welcome to the home page for Study Abroad programs available at The University of Houston-Victoria. The vital importance of Study Abroad in the preparation of students and citizens who are able to compete in our globally interdependent society is emphasized so often, by so many, that it has become a cliche. The most important reality outcome of Study Abroad is that it changes participants lives and perspectives in a very positive way. Increasingly, almost all international studies experts agree that the earlier we can offer such Study Abroad experiences to our undergraduates, the better they serve as a foundation for global competencies and perspectives leading to mature choices about careers, professions and further educational preparation.
In the greater Houston metropolitan area, one out of five residents was born outside of the United States. Seventy percent of business and therefore employment in our area is dependent on foreign trade. The Houston ship channel now ships the largest international tonnage of all U.S. ports, and the port of Victoria's international trade and businesses are growing robustly. The list of motivations for becoming internationally competent continues to grow. Certainly, at UHV one focus of these activities is in part determined by the large Hispanic population in the Coastal Bend region, and the opportunity which that presents to maintain and enhance diversity at UHV.
From the perspective of the Provosts Advisory Committee on International Education a major challenge is certainly to design and opt for participation in international programs that provide opportunities which take into consideration the unique characteristics of our community as well as our students, staff and faculty. We hope that you will find, via the programs provided here, that we are meeting that challenge.