ISSS organizes and supports programming and special events for international students, scholars, and their families. We offer a wide variety of unique and entertaining social, academic, and cultural activities throughout the year. Our office also offers advice and programming to aid international students, scholars, and their families as they settle into the Austin community and adjust to living abroad in the United States.
Programs & Events Organized by ISSS
Friendship Program – The program matches international students and scholars with members of the Austin community for an intercultural exchange of customs, traditions and lifestyles.
Texas Excursions – Monthly excursions are organized throughout the year to provide an opportunity for international students and scholars to visit and experience some of the great activities Austin and surrounding Texas cities have to offer.
Graduating Student Reception - A reception is hosted in the Spring to honor those international students who are graduating from The University of Texas at Austin.
Scholar Social Hour - ISSS hosts Scholar Social Hour for J-1 Scholars the first Wednesday of every month at Austin's Pizza. Scholar Social Hour is an opportunity to meet other J-1 scholars and learn more about the UT Austin community.
Special Programs –Special programs are coordinated and facilitated throughout the year to meet various needs of academic departments and sponsoring agencies. If you are interested in having UT Austin coordinate a custom designed program, contact Support Services for additional information.
Intercultural Activities Mailing List – The mailing list is a place where you can post resources, ask questions, and receive information about upcoming programs.
Passport to UT - A specialized orientation for incoming UT Austin Graduate Students
Programs & Events Sponsored by ISSS
Partnerships to Advance Language Study and Culture Exchange (PALS) – The PALS program is a registered student organization, sponsored by the International Office, that pairs together international and American students at UT for the purposes of cultural exchange and to practice English conversation skills.
Language Circles – This program, facilitated by PALS, provides international students with opportunities to practice their conversational English or other languages while learning about American culture. Language Circles also allow American students opportunities to interact with international students in facilitating a circle or practicing a foreign language.
International Housing Community – The International Housing Community is a program coordinated by the International Office and the Division of Housing and Food Service to bring internationally minded students together in one living community.