University of Texas at Austin

Want to change the world? Start here.

The University of Texas at Austin educates global leaders who have more than a transcript in their toolkit. They have hands-on, cross-cultural experience. They have big ideas and plans. The world has gotten smaller, but the challenges have gotten bigger. The President's Award for Global Learning lets students take on the one big thing they want to change.
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More than any other opportunity at UT Austin, the President’s Award empowers students and faculty to examine real-world challenges and enact solutions.


Fully-Funded Travel

The President’s Award provides significant funding and administrative support to faculty who offer expertise while collaborating with additional faculty and leading a student team through the implementation of an international project.


Earn Credit Abroad

This opportunity gives students the chance to work closely with faculty and earn degree credit while building on coursework to gain real-world experience for success in a globalized economy. The award covers $15,000 in project expenses.


weeks in country




academic credits


per project

Canal in Hongcun, China with hanging red lanterns from buildings lining the canal. Student takes water sample outdoors.

President’s Vision

The President’s Award for Global Learning prepares UT Austin students to lead in an interconnected world by providing them with opportunities to conduct research and innovate while building international partnerships with peers, industry experts and academic leaders. The award also gives faculty a new way to engage with our students and a chance to expand their scholarship and research networks — on campus, across disciplines and in countries around the world.

By working together, students and faculty design, develop and carry out projects that put our motto — “What Starts Here Changes the World” — into action and deepen UT Austin’s global impact. The university is grateful to the International Board of Advisors for creating this visionary program and for their ongoing support. I encourage students and faculty to take advantage of this unparalleled opportunity to address the most pressing challenges facing our world today.

Portrait of Jay Hartzell, interim president of The University of Texas at Austin. Jay Hartzell, University of Texas at Austin/ President


Discover news from our team and project teams as they take on some of the world’s most pressing questions.

Featured Story
September 4, 2020

2020-2021 President’s Award for Global Learning Finalist Teams Selected

Twelve interdisciplinary teams of student and faculty researchers have been selected to pitch their multifaceted international projects for the 2020-2021 President’s Award ...

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