UT Faculty-led Programs
A UT Faculty-led Program is one that is sponsored by a UT department and led by a UT faculty member. Course offerings for UT Faculty-led programs are listed in the UT course schedule. Typically, the courses offered are designed by UT faculty and taken with fellow UT-Austin students.
The type of credit earned may vary depending on the specific structure of the UT Faculty-led program selected. In general, however, students participating in Faculty-led programs earn in-residence UT credit, just as if they were taking courses on campus in Austin. Grades earned are computed into the official UT-Austin GPA, just as they would be for grades earned in courses taken on campus.
Students pay regular UT tuition and fees for the Faculty-led course(s) for which they have registered. In addition to regular UT tuition and fees, students pay a comprehensive program fee prior to departure. A UT application fee also may apply. Students should consult either the faculty program leader or a Study Abroad advisor for current program fees for Faculty-led programs.
UT-Austin has “Reciprocal Exchange” programs with roughly 200 of the world’s most respected universities. These programs allow UT students to study at the various foreign institutions with which we have formal agreements, and in turn allow overseas students to study at UT. Generally, UT students take regular university courses with students from their host country. Some universities also offer a selection of courses geared for foreign students, which may be taught in English.
Students participating in UT Exchange programs earn regular in-residence UT credit, just as if they were taking courses on campus in Austin. All grades earned for the courses undertaken are computed into the official UT-Austin GPA,just as they would be for grades earned in courses taken on campus.
UT Exchange students pay their regular UT tuition just as if they were studying here in Austin. In addition, students are responsible for paying for housing, food, transportation, and general costs of living in the host country, just as a student would pay for those same expenses while studying here in Austin. A few programs may also have a program fee.
In general, students interested in applying for an Exchange program should be of Sophmore standing and have a 3.0 GPA. Students with less than 60 hours or less than a 3.0 GPA should consult with a Study Abroad Advisor for guidance.
Programs Affiliated with UT
A program Affiliated with UT is run by an organization or program provider that has an official agreement with UT-Austin stating that its program or programs are approved for the automatic transfer of credit. Each Affiliated program is different; all of them, however, are designed specifically for US students.
Students participating in these programs take many of their courses at the Affiliate’s “institute” or “center” with other American students. Often students with advanced language skills, however, may take university courses at an associated university with students from the host country.
Affiliated program students may be eligible for in-residence credit; grades earned on these programs, however, are not factored into a student’s UT GPA, though the letter grades earned do appear on a student’s official UT transcript.
Beginning Fall 2007, the charge to register in “Affiliated Studies” category will be $400. In addition, each Affiliate has its own published program fee. Most Affiliates charge a comprehensive fee for participation, which typically includes housing, food, and possibly transportation. Students should consult the specific Affiliate’s program website for detailed cost information.
UT offers internships through both exchange and affiliated programs. They may also be offered as a part of faculty-led programs. Internships are working positions arranged for students, often as part of a credit-bearing study abroad program. Students may have a full-time internship placement that does not allow for additional coursework, or they may take courses that complement a part-time internship placement.
The type of credit earned for internships is based on the program through which each internship is arranged. Tuition or fees for internships are determined by the program that arranges the placement. See program information for further details.
UT offers academic service learning opportunities through both exchange and affiliated programs. They may also be offered as a part of faculty-led programs. Academic service learning is credit-bearing community service activities arranged for students as part of a study abroad program. Academic service learning is normally completed as one component of a program that offers additional coursework.
The type of credit earned for academic service learning is based on the program through which each placement is arranged. Tuition or fees for internships are determined by the program that arranges the placement. See program information for further details. Many programs also offer non-credit volunteering and service learning opportunities for students interested in experiencing the host community outside of coursework.
Independent Study and Research
Any graduate or undergraduate student conducting independent research overseas or taking courses on a independent program is eligible for a special registration category - ISR: Independent Study and Research. This status is non-credit bearing. Students registered in this category are NOT eligible for federal, state or institutional loans or grants processed by the UT Office of Student Financial Services. For additional information visit the ISR webpage.
Non UT Programs
Non-UT programs have not been evaluated or approved for academic or programmatic quality. (This does not necessarily mean that such programs are of low quality.) If a program is not found in our online programs database, then it is a Non-UT program.
Students should note, UT does not allow transfer credit from all Non-UT programs. Students should complete a “Non-UT Pre-departure Form” prior to departure to determine credit transferability. Additionally, students who participate in a Non-UT program will be taking a leave of absence if abroad for fall or spring, and must complete an Application for Readmission to UT in order to reenroll upon return.
Students receiving financial aid at UT will not be able to use their financial aid on a Non-UT program because as a result of not being a registered UT student while abroad.