The McDowell Center for Global Studies

The McDowell Center cultivates global understanding through an open exchange of ideas between UTA and communities across the world.
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The McDowell Center is the runway for your next expedition

Many university programs require their students and faculty to engage with foreign language and culture as an academic exercise, but for committed explorers global education is a passion and way of life.

In a climate of click-through discovery, we encourage you to answer your own questions through travel, first-hand experiences, and cultural integration.

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The Power Vertical

The Power Vertical is a podcast and blog for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers created by Brian Whitmore, assistant professor of practice in the McDowell Center for Global Studies. Podcast episodes feature the world's top minds on Russian affairs and publish weekly on Fridays. Listen wherever you stream podcasts and visit the website for more information and to keep up with the latest news out of Moscow.

Global Engagement at UTA

We believe that intercultural communication creates forward-thinking and compassionate human beings. Discover a new point of view and learn more about opportunities with The McDowell Center.


Our scholarships fund adventurous students who want to complement their degree plans with study abroad.

Scholarship Opportunities

Faculty Grants

Our faculty grants support the groundbreaking research of UTA's globally-minded professors.

Research Funds


We regularly host internationally-acclaimed artists and scholars who present their unique perspectives to the UTA campus and Dallas/Fort Worth community.

Upcoming Events


Our diverse programs prepare students for cultural competence through language acquisition, cultural exchange, and community integration.

Explore Programs