University of Houston-Victoria

International Programs




iMentor (International Mentor) is a youth mentoring program sponsored by the International Programs Office. Our amazing international students and U.S. domestic students will serve as mentors to students outside of the U.S. ages 15-18. This is a great unique experience for both the students involved to learn from one another and serve as a mentor and mentee. The students who are interested in studying abroad in the U.S., can ask questions from the mentor. If students are interested in mentoring or becoming a mentee please contact the International Programs Office at for more additional information.

International Student Orientation

International Programs hosts an international student orientation each semester for new and transfer international students UHV. International student orientation is mandatory for all international students. International Student Orientation is customized only for our new and transfer international students to ensure that our students are ready to transition to college life at UHV. We understand that leaving family and home behind is very tough for our international students. UHV International Programs is here to assist our international students during the difficult transition time. The content, events, facts covered by International Orientation is not covered by any other orientation on-campus.  Highlights of International Program orientation include information concerning immigration issues, Housing, Banking, Transportation, Academic Skills Building, Plagiarism, cross‐cultural adjustment, Social Security Cards. The International Student Mandatory Orientation will provide networking opportunities with other UHV students and returning international students.  International Student Orientation is a great way to acclimate to UHV and to our friendly, safe community.

International Festival

International Festival is an annual event in spring that welcomes our international students and community members to learn and showcase cultures. Students are able to host a booth, perform and educate the UHV students, Faculty, Staff and community of their culture and cultural events. This is the most colorful event on-campus and we are excited to have you join our next International Festival. Don’t forget to bring ornaments, outfits and cultural artifacts from your home country to represent your culture at the International Festival.

International Student Sash Ceremony

Graduation is one of the most exciting events for our international students. We know the hard work and dedication that our international students devoted to graduate. International student sash ceremony is an event hosted by International Programs to graduating international students and their families. Sash Ceremony is designed for graduating international students. UHV will provide a sash and a pin from their country of citizenship. International students will wear their sashes at commencement. This sash makes the international students stand out and showcase our international students pride for their country of citizenship. Graduating international students can invite their friends, family, co-workers, supervisors and professors to this event. At the end of the Sash Ceremony all the guests are invited for meet, greet and photo opportunities with faculty, staff and other dignitaries from UHV.

International Student Ambassador Program (ISAP)

International Student Ambassadors (ISAs) are current UHV students who volunteer to welcome and assist incoming international students during International Student Orientation.  ISAs play a major role in assisting with the adjustment of new international students during their transition to the university and the community.  ISAs are a vital component of International Student Orientation and an important resource for new students.  Volunteering as an ISA is not only a great service opportunity but it is also a leadership and networking opportunity.

Friendship Family Program

Connecting International students to UHV and community families. This volunteer program is designed to supplement the students’ academic experience by getting them off campus and into our community. International students at UHV live on-campus but are interested in learning about the American culture and having a family connection since they are so far from their home. Our community families will find the Friendship Family Program to be a rewarding experience; and for the students, the opportunity to share a bit of their lives is often one of their most cherished experiences in the United States.

International Programs will host casual events to the families and international students, like a picnic or potluck. Outside of these events, we expect families to connect with the student(s) for events like meals, family gatherings, day trips, or whatever families believe they are comfortable sharing.  Some students and families are happy to see each other twice a year while some see one another almost every week. Some families request more than two students from two different parts of the world, some families just request one student per time.

International Education Week

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Scheduled Events for International Education Week November 14th - 17th 2016. November 17th event will be at our UHV Katy Campus during the Open House. 

    • International Dress Day
    • Cultural Booths
    • International Cuisine 
    • Free Henna Tattoos
    • Get your name written in other languages

International Student Café Series

International student café series are organized by UHV International students to share their culture with UHV students, faculty and staff. International Programs will host the two café series every semester. Students, faculty and staff will be able to meet with our international students, learn about the culture, and taste small samples of food.  Travel the world without leaving Victoria, TX.