1. Executive Summary

    Globalization is a critical element of student learning and faculty activities and experiences.  An internationalized curriculum and robust study abroad programs ensure that all students have opportunities to be exposed to international perspectives and build global awareness.  Students who study abroad have improved academic performance upon returning to their home campuses, higher graduation rates, and improved knowledge of cultural practices and contexts compared to other students.  Exposure to other cultures also enhances intercultural communication skills.  Moreover, international and comparative research provides faculty with opportunities to learn additional theoretical approaches, gather data from a wider set of geographic locations, and test hypotheses in a greater range of environments and social systems. This initiative is in line with UT System’s Quantum Leap of Student Success.

  2. Goal

    Foster a globally-connected university culture.

  3. Key Initiatives

    • Increase global awareness and perspectives on campus.

    • Stimulate student learning through the expansion of study abroad opportunities, both programmatically and geographically.

    • Support faculty and student research focused on international issues/themes.

    • Infuse global perspectives throughout the curriculum.

    • Expand global partnerships that align with UTRGV priorities.

  4. Sample Metrics
    • Percent of students participating in study abroad and study-away programs.

    • Number of international partnerships.

    • Percent of international students among the student body.