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Texas Global Unveils Renovations to Enhance International Collaboration

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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Global is returning to 2400 Nueces St. (N24) after a yearlong renovation and temporary relocation to the Main Building at The University of Texas at Austin. Set to reopen Feb. 26, the revitalized space will showcase a cutting-edge facility, now equipped with enhanced functionality to better serve the global Longhorn community.

Texas Global plays a crucial role in leading, supporting and coordinating the University’s international engagement efforts by fostering strategic partnerships on campus and abroad, supporting the international students and scholars community, and creating opportunities for students, faculty members and alumni to engage with peers and institutions around the world.

It is home to UT’s Passport Services, Education Abroad, English Language Center, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), Global Initiatives and Alumni Relations, Global Programs and Innovation, Global Risk and Safety, and Mexico Global Gateway.

“Texas Global’s return to a newly renovated home represents a significant milestone, ushering in a new era for global engagement at the University,” said Sonia Feigenbaum, senior vice provost of global engagement and chief international officer. “The transformed space — now with the capacity to host students, faculty, alumni and international visitors — mirrors our unwavering commitment to facilitating transformative experiences, fostering a welcoming environment and serving the needs of our global community.”

In alignment with the University’s 10-year strategic plan, Change Starts Here, this innovation underscores the commitment of campus leaders to invest in facilities and upgrades that advance the institution’s educational and research mission.

As such, the new and improved N24 embodies the University’s dedication to fostering global engagement across the Forty Acres. It establishes a home away from home for international students and scholars, supports Longhorns seeking opportunities abroad, and offers a conducive setting for alumni and visitors to connect and grow.

Equally impressive is the innovative Global Lounge, featuring state-of-the-art technology for making virtual connections with friends from around the world at hybrid events, as well as ample space for in-person gatherings.

Rendering of the Global Lounge that will serve as a multifunctional hybrid space.

Passport Services, the authorized U.S. passport acceptance facility on campus, also will be transformed. With its offices now on the ground floor, customers will access services easily, experiencing a seamless design flow that accommodates customer traffic efficiently.

“Our new space allows for comfort and privacy for our guests, a quieter environment where it’s easier to communicate, and one-on-one attention that improves the whole experience,” said Erick Romero, Passport Services manager.

UT’s passport office is open to the Longhorn community and the public on an appointment basis. Passport Services recently added to its staff and implemented an appointment system that yields more available time slots than other local facilities, demonstrating the University’s dedication to supporting worldwide travel and cross-cultural experiences for the many people it serves.

Texas Global staff members and stakeholders will appreciate the remarkable transformation of the advising spaces. Floor-to-ceiling maps of six vibrant cities — Seoul, Mumbai, Mexico City, Dubai, London and Singapore — highlight UT’s global network. The airy design and natural light conveyed by glass walls also evoke transparency and openness while presenting a private and inviting atmosphere.

“The renovation at 2400 Nueces introduces dedicated, private advising rooms,” said Margaret Luévano, International Student and Scholar Services director. “We know students, scholars and UT’s international community will appreciate Texas Global as an inviting space where they can feel both supported and comfortable.”

For appointment details and contact information, please visit the Texas Global website.