The general reciprocal exchange is an undergraduate-level program. Your home university must have a reciprocal exchange agreement with The University of Texas at Austin. In order to apply to the exchange program, you must first be nominated by your home institution’s exchange coordinator/study abroad office. Once you have been nominated follow the instructions below to apply to UT Austin. Please note that paper documents are no longer accepted.
Restricted Program Applications
Some programs at UT Austin have specific application requirements, including earlier deadlines and mandatory supplemental materials. This is because of high student demand for these programs. Descriptions of these requirements are listed below.
General Application Process
Other programs such as those in Communication, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Natural Sciences share the same application process. Please note that all students – excluding those who apply to the MBA and Law School exchanges – are admitted as undergraduates for exchange at UT Austin. Enrollment in graduate-level courses is done at the discretion of departments and cannot be guaranteed prior to arrival in Austin. Please note there are special considerations for Communication (including Radio, Television & Film) and Engineering students that are described below.
Fall Semester (August - December): March 1
Spring Semester (January - May): October 1
Once you have submitted the online application, please wait 24 hours before continuing to step two and uploading documents.
- Online application: Instructions on how to access the on-line exchange student application, in addition to the required pass-code, will be provided by the exchange coordinator or study abroad office at your home university. Please note that the name you provide on the online application must match the name in your passport. This information will be used to issue your immigration document. Note: Do not use accents or other non-English diacritical marks when entering your information as this could cause an error in our system.
Current academic transcript: Upload a copy of your academic transcript.
- Academic Information Form (PDF): Be sure to list the classes in which you are currently enrolled but that don’t appear on your transcript on the Academic Information Form. Once you have completed the form, upload it as “Miscellaneous Admissions Documents.” (Not required by Law School exchange participants.)
- English Proficiency Form (PDF): Complete this form and attach test scores, or have your home institution complete it. Once you have completed the form, upload it as “Miscellaneous Admissions Documents.”
- Certificate of Financial Responsibility: Students who plan to attend UT Austin in J-1 status must complete and submit a Certificate of Financial Responsibility (CFR). You will also need this information when you apply for your visa at a United States consulate.
- Passport: Upload a copy of the identification page of your passport. This information will be used to complete your immigration document.
- Fine Arts Students:
- Letter(s) of recommendation
- See additional information below
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.
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 Science courses.
Follow the steps provided by the Business School:
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. Please 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.
*Note that Economics is a separate department in the UT College of Liberal Arts and not part of the McCombs School of Business.
Law School is a graduate program at UT. Undergraduate law courses are not offered. 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.
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.
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:
- Music Application Form
- Music Application requirements (including any supplemental materials that may be necessary)
- Music Audition repertoire requirements and recorded audition formatting requirements
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.
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.
Cockrell School of Engineering relies on the Academic Information Form and submitted transcripts to determine whether they can accommodate students’ interests. Be sure to complete the Academic Information Form carefully.
The University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication relies on the Academic Information Form and submitted transcripts to determine whether it can accommodate students’ interests. Be sure to complete all sections of the Academic Information Form carefully. An applicant's field of study and/or coursework (as displayed on a transcript from their home institution) should align with one or more of the majors offered in the College of Communication. Students who do not meet this criterion will be required to choose a major outside of the College of Communication in order to participate in the exchange. Students who are accepted as exchange students in the College of Communication may be required to obtain permission to enroll in certain advanced courses within their area of study.
Programs housed in the Moody College of Communication include:
- Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Communication Studies
- Public Relations
These programs often require significant prerequisite coursework.