International reciprocal exchange program information sheet for exchange student applicants

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Full name of university

The University of Texas at Austin

Web site

Size of the university – number of students

50,000 +/-

Number of staff at the university

10,000 +/-

Short description of the city – area / inhabitants

What’s your nearest airport?

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Do you offer airport pick up



Housing options

off campus dorms, coops, private apartments
On-campus accommodation at UT is very limited, and priority is given to first-year students. Exchange students primarily live in off-campus dormitories and coops adjacent to UT in a neighborhood called West Campus. Some exchange students also live in private apartments throughout the city.

Housing application deadline(s)

Depends on housing arrangement selected.


Contact person for incoming exchange students

(name, full address, phone/fax/email)

Kirsten Koester

International Exchange Coordinator

Study Abroad Office

International Office

University of Texas at Austin

PO Box A

Austin, TX 78713-8901
T: 512-471-2715

F: 512-232-4363


Application deadline(s) for admission

Fall Semester: March 1

Spring Semester: October 1

Application material on the website

(please indicate if only paper copies are available)

Exchange application has online and paper elements. Exchange students must be nominated by home institution exchange coordinator and complete online and paper application materials.

Online application

create your EID

then enter the application with the password “bevo13”

Please put your name as it appears on your passport. The information you provide here will be used to issue your immigration docs and it has to match the information in your passport. Don’t use symbols (é, è, ç, ñ etc)

Materials you have to submit

Academic information form


Immigration and Financial Support Form (

Transcripts (in English)


Fine Arts and Architecture students also have to submit letter(s) of recommendation, CV/resume, and a portfolio (Architecture, Music/composition) or CD (Music/vocal) etc


Areas of study available to exchange students

With approval, the following UT colleges/schools accept exchange students from partner universities – Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, Communication, Engineering, Fine Arts, Architecture, and Education.

Areas of study not available to exchange students

Unless specific exchange program agreements have been established between UT and student’s home university, the following UT colleges/schools do not generally accept exchange students – Law and Business.

Applications for Fine Arts cannot be accepted for the Spring semester! There are restrictions for Architecture students.

Academic calendar

Fall Semester: August-December

Spring Semester: January-May

Examination period(s)

Fall Semester: mid-December

Spring Semester: mid-May

Orientation session(s) for incoming students

(indicate date and costs)

Fall Semester: August

Spring Semester: January

Cost: Nominal

Grading system – short explanation

course registration deadline(s)

Students register following arrival at UT and once all immigration and health requirements are completed.

Course availability

UT academic departments cannot guarantee placement in specific courses. Thus, exchange students need to be VERY flexible about courses they will be able to register for. Additionally, they need to be very open about course choices both in terms of selecting classes by UT college and by UT department. We encourage students to have alternatives approved by their home institution academic advisors in advance of arrival at UT.

Course catalogue


UT Course Schedule (published online around April 7 and October 15 each year):

Number of hours per course per week

3 credit courses meet 3 hours per week

Full time load per semester

12 hours

Language requirements

Fluency in English

Language test certificate required?


Preparatory language course for incoming students

ESL courses are offered through the International Office.

Courses taught in English


Internships and student jobs available/allowed?

Yes, consistent with US immigration regulations

Summer courses available? If so, please list

New exchange students are not admitted for the Summer semester


Cost estimates per month (in US$)

Housing, Meals, Books, Local transportation, Health insurance

Additional fees to pay

(indicate amounts and subjects)

International Student Services fee: $51.50/per semester in 2009 (subject to change)

Student ID Card fee: $10 in 2009 (subject to change)

Financial guarantee amount

$5600 per semester, $15,000 per calendar year





The University of Texas at Austin is in full compliance with the SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) system. Exchange students will be entered into the SEVIS system when the DS-2019 form is produced. UT is aware that U.S. embassies and consulates have increased the time it takes for students to receive a visa. Therefore, it is most important that students apply online and we receive completed forms and transcripts as soon as possible. We must receive the complete application, including transcript and forms, before we can prepare the DS 2019, necessary to apply for a J-1 visa.
All J-1 visa applicants – including exchange students – are required to pay the SEVIS fee. It must be paid at least 3 business days prior to applying for an initial J-1 visa at an embassy or consulate or entering the U.S. for J-1 students exempt from the visa requirement (Canadian citizens). The SEVIS fee can only be paid after obtaining a DS-2019.


Health insurance

All international exchange students entering the United States on J-1 visas are required by US immigration regulations to maintain full health insurance coverage. UT offers full health insurance coverage to all international students and requires that all international students purchase adequate health insurance at the time of registration.

Comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed/not allowed

The UT Austin health insurance policy costs approximately $1300 annually in 2009/10. In some cases, students who possess a health insurance policy that meets or exceeds UT requirements can present that policy in lieu of the mandatory UT policy. To receive a waiver, you will be required to certify that the health insurance you possess meets or exceeds each and all of the following requirements: 1) Major medical coverage: $50,000 per accident or illness, 2) Repatriation of remains: $7,500, 3) Medical evacuation: $10,000, and 4) Maximum deductible per year $500.

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SAO / KK - - 23-May-18

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