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Office of Study Abroad Hosts Consulate, Chamber Members as Special Guests at Australian Film Night Event

Australian Film Night

The University of Houston-Downtown's Office of Study Abroad hosted its Australian Film Night in partnership with the Australian American Chamber of Commerce recently.

Before enjoying the Australian comedy ‘Backyard Ashes,’ the audience welcomed the film’s director Mark Grentell, who shared remarks about his inspiration for the movie. Special guests also included Christine Staib, President of the Australian American Chamber of Commerce and Benson Saulo, Consul General of Australia.

The Office of Study Abroad offers a variety of international education opportunities throughout the world—from weeklong faculty-led trips to full semester immersion experiences—to explore intercultural issues outside the classroom and around the world.

“By bridging our students to continents far away, we show them that nothing is too out of reach,” said Ali Maghoo, Associate Director of the Study Abroad Program. “The showcasing of the Australian film engages students to appreciate the culture, as well as spark an interest in studying or interning abroad in Australia.”

For the past year, the Office of Study Abroad stayed connected with students through virtual informational and cultural events such as the Virtual Study Abroad Fair, Live Cooking Class and the Virtual Discover German Culture Event.

To learn more about Study Abroad, visit its website.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.