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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)—the second-largest university in Houston—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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.