University of Texas at Austin

How It Works


The President’s Award for Global Learning is the signature program of the International Board of Advisors and provides funding to conceptualize and implement international projects.

Ocean view during sunset in Sydney, Australia.

1. Faculty Form Teams and Identify Global Challenge

Teams are comprised of 2-3 interdisciplinary faculty working with an international partner. Faculty identify a topic that can be addressed in a global context and is not specifically related to an individual’s research agenda, but rather will be strengthened from an interdisciplinary perspective.

2. Faculty Programs Selected

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and academic administrators chaired by the Senior Vice Provost for Global Engagement, who will make recommendations to President Hartzell for final approval.

3. Student Teams Propose Projects within Faculty Team’s Program

Teams of 3-4 students propose a project that fits within the faculty program’s topic. Each faculty program can select up to 3 teams (8-12 students total).

4. Project-Based Course and Travel

Awarded student teams will enroll in a 3-credit spring course to complete their project and a 1-credit fall reflection course. The course will be taught by the faculty team and leverage technology to include the international partner. Projects can include up to two international trips for a maximum of four weeks abroad during the program.