University of Texas at Austin

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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 $25,000 in project expenses.



weeks in country


teams & regions


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


When I became president of The University of Texas at Austin in 2015, I shared a vision to unlock the potential of our students and prepare them to become tomorrow’s leaders. And leadership means preparing our students to address the greatest challenges at home and in an interconnected and complex world. The President’s Award for Global Learning, created by UT’s International Board of Advisors, brings a visionary approach to global education through learning by deep engagement.

In a uniquely interdisciplinary program, undergraduate students will have more opportunities to learn by doing on the Forty Acres and at international locations. Both students and faculty will work together, collaborating with international partners on project-based initiatives. I am grateful for the generosity of the members of the International Board of Advisors. I encourage students and faculty to learn more about the President’s Award for Global Learning and participate in this new initiative.

Gregory L. Fenves
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 9, 2019

Finalist Teams To Pitch Projects For The President’s Award For Global Learning

The International Board of Advisors has announced the 11 finalist teams for the 2019-2020 President’s Award for Global Learning. Each ...

President's Award Finalists present their research projects to the board



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