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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The President’s Award empowers students and faculty to examine real-world interdisciplinary topics while incorporating in-country learning into the classroom experience.



Research Global Challenges

Work closely with student teams, faculty and international partners, utilizing funding and administrative support provided by the award to implement international projects.


Make a Global Impact

Gain real-world experience for success in a globalized economy as you work closely with faculty and earn 4 credit hours during the one-year program.

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



Read news about the President’s Award and project teams as they take on some of the world’s most pressing questions.

Featured Story
September 9, 2021

President’s Award for Global Learning 2022 Faculty Programs Awarded

Three innovative faculty programs partnering with international businesses and universities in Sweden, India, the United Kingdom, and Ecuador have been selected to ...

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Attend an upcoming event to learn more about the program and how you can get involved.

An aerial view of Puebla, Mexico Oct 25, 2021: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Information Session

Want to change the world? Start here. Learn more about the President’s Award for Global Learning.In this session you will ...

a view of the galapagos islands Oct 28, 2021: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Galapagos Sustainability Team Formation

Still looking for team members for the “Do-No-Harm, Do-More-Good: Building for Sustainability in the Galapagos” program? Please join Professor Gregory ...

Members of the "Case for Connections" team in the UT President's Award for Global Learning. Nov 17, 2021: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
President’s Award for Global Learning 2021 Team Presentations

The 2021 President’s Award for Global Learning Teams will present research from the past year of collaboration with their international ...