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We know the application process for study abroad can be overwhelming, so we've created this video to show you How to Apply to a Faculy-Led Maymester or Summer Study Abroad Program.
Accessing the Faculty-led Application
Some summer faculty-led application have an extended deadline of February 15. Please check the program status on the Program List tab. For access to the application,
- Contact the program coordinator for programs listed as "Waitlist Only" or "Limited Spaces"
- Contact a peer mentor at 512-471-6490 for programs listed as "Open," please
- Log on with a UT EID to access an open application
The online application can be found by clicking on the MySAO logo at the bottom left of the study abroad Website.
Content of the Online Application
- Basic student information
- Signed financial responsibility statement
- Signed responsibilities of participation and code of conduct
- Two essays (see below)
- A link to an online reference questionnaire to be sent to UT faculty member
- UT disciplinary check (automatically submitted, no action required)
There is a $50 non-refundable application fee payable to UT via What I Owe within 10 days of beginning the application. The fee is assessed when the student clicks “submit application” on the bottom of the first part the online application.
Entering a Preferred Program
Each program has a six-digit “application code.” (Also referred to as a program code or program number.) Application codes may be found in the program search.
The application asks for first and second choice programs. Because many programs fill up, it is advisable to choose a second choice program; however, if you only want to apply for one program, enter the same information for your first and second choice programs.
The Essay Questions
Essay A: What are your academic goals? How will studying on this specific course complement these goals? Please consider both the content and location of the program's course(s).
Essay B: What are your personal and professional goals? How will studying on this specific program complement these goals?
Tips for Completing the Essays
- Each essay should be no more than 250 words.
- Compose the essays using a word processing program (e.g. Microsoft Word), save your essays, then cut and paste them into the online application.
- Students may make use of the Undergraduate Writing Center or the UT Learning Center.
- The audience is the study abroad selection committee composed of UT faculty and staff.
- Be sure to consider both the course content and abroad location of the program when writing your essays.
- Remember that you are the subject of these essays. Write in the first person (I).
- Avoid using general statements like, "One must experience a new culture to...." or "studying abroad broadens one's horizons." Broad philosophical statements do not contribute to your goal of acquainting application reviewers with you, your motivation, goals and preparation. Please focus on providing specific examples to illustrate your essay's points.
The Online Reference Questionnaire
One online reference questionnaire completed by a UT faculty member is required. The application includes a link to an online reference questionnaire. To have a faculty member submit a reference on your behalf, provide him/her with the following:
- Your name and EID
- The semester and session you plan to study abroad
- A copy of your study abroad essay/resume (recommended)
- The following link: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/student/abroad/prof_rec.WBX
- The application deadline:
- Maymester Abroad Final Deadline: November 1
- Summer Faculty-led Final Deadline: December 1
- Extended Summer 2013 Faculty-Led Deadline: February 15
The reference questionnaire consists of 6 questions and a comments box. It should take the faculty less than 10 minutes, but give the faculty member at least a week to complete the reference.
To verify your reference has been received, check your MySAO application menu. Once received, the box that says “Awaiting Submission” will read “Submitted.”