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Summer Institute

Welcome to Global Learning and Strategy Summer Institute

2021 Summer Institute Program Applications open April 2021.

The President's initiative to support international students during this unprecedented time aims to expand UHCL students' global education by providing students intensive training with an international theme. The Global Learning and Strategy Student Summer Institute is an intensive, innovative program designed to prepare UHCL F-1 students in careers in the U.S. and global workforce upon graduation.  The program provides focused training in academic writing, human resources professional development, internationalization projects, research, academic presentation, and communication skills while building the confidence necessary for success in the global marketplace.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Global Learning and Strategy has determined that on-shift to an online-only format. We are pleased to offer an online alternative to the Institute.

 Summer Institute

Summer 2020 Institute Dates

June 1 – July 31, 2020.  The final research paper and or project is due Friday, July 31, 2020, by 5 p.m. CST.

Previous Webinars

True Colors with Aja and Firoj from the Office of Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Summer Institute Presentation with Dr. Lisa Lacher, CSE

Summer Institute Presentation with Dr. Gene Shan, CSE

Summer Institute Presentation with Dr. Amy Lucas

Career Services-Interviewing: Before, During and After

Social Identity Wheel with Hana and Firoj from the Office of Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
July 20 (No Recording)

Employer Expectations Workshop with Career ServicesPresenter Chuck Crocker and Guest Speaker Elizabeth Wojtowicz

OIAP & Strategic Partnerships Presentation on CPT and Internships

Counseling Services on Tips for Success
Presenter Kevin Isserman

Counseling Services on Career Anxiety, Confidence, and Building Professional Connections
Presenter Brian Kline

Counseling Services on the Importance of Mental Health
Presenter Young Koh

Career Services - Resumes and Cover Letters Workshop

Writing Center - Resources and Services Presentation

Career Services - LinkedIn Training Workshop

Summer 2020 Institute Partners

  • Magister – Madrid, Spain
  • Vietnam Education Fund (VNEF)
  • General Consulate of the State of Qatar in Houston
  • Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC)
  • Clemson University (South Carolina)
  • Southern University Shreveport Louisiana
  • Arkansas State University
  • Houston Community College
  • Foster Global Immigration Law Firm, LLP
  • Memorial Hermann Medical Center

Frequently Ask Questions

  Can students earn academic credit through the Summer Institute?

If you are required to enroll in an internship or co-op course, you may be eligible to use CPT. Please contact your program and international advisor for more information.  

  How many hours per week am I expected to work?

We expect a commitment of no less than 20 hours per week. Some weeks may vary based on the project or research needed. 

  What type of technology equipment will I need?

Students are required to have a functioning computer/laptop with a microphone and camera. Global Learning and Strategy will assist students who may not meet technical requirements to participate fully in the Institute by connecting them to resources. There is no anticipated cost for these elements.

  How Do Institute cohorts communicate work?

The Institute will be facilitated online and or remotely (based on project). Students must be engaged throughout the Institute and be in regular contact via virtual methods such as video call, phone call, email, instant messenger, etc.


  I am still awaiting my social security number (SSN), can I still continue participating in the institute without my SSN?

Yes, as long as you have applied for your social security number, you are eligible to continue working. Contact Human Resources at and immediately upon issuance of your social security number. Please note you will not be paid without a valid social security number.

  How many webinars/trainings am I able to miss due to a class conflict?

We understand that some of the mandatory webinars/trainings conflict with your class schedule or on-campus responsibilities. The Summer 2020 Institute has a full schedule of webinars and trainings to complement your virtual engagement. As such, your success is contingent on your attendance, active participation, and engagement throughout the 7-week institute. 

Institute students may miss up to three mandatory webinars/trainings due to class conflict. After the third absenteeism, students will be required to:

  1. Register for the recording of the missed training/webinar
  2. View the recording
  3. Write a 500-word paper on the missed training/webinar, along with added research and commentary from the student.
  4. Submission of the paper must be completed no later than five business days upon the date of the missed webinar/training. The paper must be submitted to
  What if you do not attend the required webinars/trainings?

You will be dropped from the institute, which will impact your completion obligation and impact your receipt of the certificate of completion. As a reminder, your attendance is determined not only by fulfilling your virtual engagement role, but also by your attendance to the webinars/trainings. If you find that you cannot meet the institute's minimum participation requirements due to extenuating circumstances, please contact immediately.

  What do I need to do for my final research paper?

All Summer 2020 Institute Students are required to submit a 2-page final research or reflection paper on their Summer 2020 Institute project within their focus area or their takeaways from the Institute.  Final papers must be submitted to by July 28th at 5 PM CST. Please note, you will not receive your final payment for the Institute until we have received and approved your final paper.

  • International Student Services

    Phone: 281-283-2740
    Fax: 281-226-7038

    Bayou Building B2123
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 225
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Fall 2020 Virtual/On-Campus Hours:
    Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Walk-in Hours:
    Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.