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Restricted Programs

Some programs at UT Austin are either highly selective due to high student demand, require specific application requirements, or are completely unavailable to Exchange Students. Programs which are not open to the general exchange are:

Dell Medical School

The Dell Medical School is completely closed to all exchange students for the next three years. UT is happy to accept medical students into other related undergraduate majors, such as biology or neurosciences.

School of Law

The School of Law is a graduate program only at UT. Since all general exchange students come in as undergraduate status, exchange students are not eligible to take Law courses. Courses in the School of Law are open only to students selected to participate in the School of Law exchange programs, established with specific law schools abroad. 

McCombs School of Business

Courses in the McCombs Business School are closed to students participating in the general exchange program. Students who wish to petition to enroll in a course must follow the required process upon arrival at UT Austin. Approval cannot be given prior to arrival in Austin. Note that a maximum of two courses is allowed, and only on a space available basis. Exchange students registering for business courses must meet prerequisite requirements listed for each course in the course schedule. Same or similar courses that have been completed must be listed on the transcript, a computer print-out, or Academic Information Form for McCombs School academic advisors to check during the academic advising period.

Exchange students in the general, UT-wide exchange may not take MBA courses. The McCombs School of Business has separate exchange agreements with certain business schools abroad. MBA exchange programs follow their own admission and administrative procedures. 

Here are the steps provided by the Business School for BBA and MBA exchange programs:

School of Architecture

The School of Architecture will accept a limited number of students from certain partner institutions. A portfolio is required for application. Please contact the Exchange Advisor for a detailed description of application requirements.

Department of Computer Science

The Computer Science program is only able to accommodate a limited number of students. Students are welcome to apply to the program, but admission is not guaranteed and is subject to departmental review. Students accepted as Computer Science majors will be able to take no more than two Computer Science courses per semester. Students who are not admitted to the Computer Science major will not be allowed to enroll in Computer Sciences courses.

College of Fine Arts

Students who wish to choose majors in the College of Fine Arts will need to submit further documentation and obtain approval from the department prior to arriving in Austin. Students not accepted by the department will be required to choose a major outside of the College of Fine Arts in order to participate in the exchange. 

Butler School of Music

In addition to completing the exchange application requirements, an additional application and audition are required of all prospective music majors. The Butler School of Music website provides detailed information about the process. Composers and performers in high-demand areas must apply earlier in order for the school to process applications.

Music Fall Application Deadline:
December 1: Applicants in Prescreening Areas & Composition
January 1: Applicants in All Other Areas

Music Spring Application Deadline: October 1

Art and Art History

A portfolio and letters of recommendation are required to apply to Design, Studio Art, and Visual Art Studies. An essay and letters of recommendation are required to apply to Art History. Please contact the Exchange Advisor for a detailed description of application requirements.

Theatre and Dance

A resume and letters of recommendation are required to apply to majors in Theatre and Dance. Some areas also require an audition, portfolio or interview. Please contact the Exchange Advisor for a detailed description of application requirements. 

Credit Information

Understanding the Course Numbering System

Understanding our numbering system is important for reading the course schedule and registering correctly. To explain see the three examples below:

  • HIS 309K Western Civilization in Medieval Times
  • CH 456 Analytical Chemistry
  • J 395 International Journalism

HIS = department designation for History
CH = department designation for Chemistry
J = department designation for Journalism

309K = the first digit "3" means the course is worth three credits and will typically meet three hours per week

456 = the first digit "4" means the course is worth four credits and will typically meet four hours per week

309K = the second and third digits "09" means the course is lower division; lower division courses are numbered from "01" to "19". Lower division courses are introductory and generally taken by American freshman and sophomores. The "K" is indicating some kind of sequence for a degree that is usually not relevant to an exchange student. 

456 = the second and third digits "56" means the course is upper division; upper division courses are numbered from "20" to "79". Upper division courses are more advanced and are generally taken by American juniors and seniors.

395 = the second and third digits "95" means the course is graduate level; graduate level courses are numbered from "80" to "99". Exchange students must obtain special permission to take graduate level courses in most cases. 

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System

Generally, US academic credits are transferred on a 1 to 2 scale to ECTS credits. So a 3 credit course would be counted as a 6 ECTS credit course. Most UT courses are 3 credits. Please keep in mind that the final decision on how to transfer credits is up to your university. 

Course Information

It is important to browse through UT Austin’s course catalogs and course schedules to see what is offered when arranging preparations for exchanges. 

To find information about the content of each class, please view the course catalog. Please keep in mind that this catalog shows all of the courses that have been taught at UT, but that does not mean the course students want will be taught during the semester they are planning to study at UT. 

To find when certain classes might be available, please look at past course schedules. While there is no guarantee that these classes will be offered in the semester that students wish to attend UT, it gives a general idea.

To find the syllabus for a class, please visit this page. This would not be the exact syllabus used for that course during the particular semester students choose to study abroad as they are typically updated for every semester it is taught.