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Important Dates for Exchange Students

International Student & Scholar Services has developed several programs to help your transition to life and study at The University of Texas at Austin. To comply with immigration requirements, you’ll need to attend Exchange Orientation and Check-In once you arrive in Austin. Please note that this replaces the Immigration Briefing and Check-In (IBC) required of regular, degree students.

In addition, we have designed an orientation for all new international students that provides valuable information about UT and the Austin area. Additionally, we provide many social events that allow students to explore UT and Austin.

Our Orientation page has a comprehensive list of all Orientation and Welcome Week Events and instructions for registering for Exchange Orientation and Check-In.

Fall 2015

Date Event(s)
Thursday, Aug. 13 This is the start date that will be listed on the DS-2019 for students beginning their exchange program in spring. You may enter the United States up to 30 days prior to this date.
Aug. 13, 18, 20 Exchange Student Orientation & Check-In. Attendance at one of these sessions is required of all exchange students. Students attending the August 25th session will have to register late.
Friday, August 14 International Student Orientation
Friday, August 21 Registration Begins. Check your Registration Information Sheet (RIS) for your specific access period. Please note that you will be able to register only if you have cleared your bars, including Exchange Orientation, by this date.
Tuesday, August 25 Payment Deadline. While reciprocal exchange students pay tuition at their home universities, there might be miscellaneous fees on the fee bill. Even if no fees appear on your fee bill, you must confirm your enrollment or “zero fee bill.” If payment arrangements or confirmation of your zero fee bill are not made by 5:00 p.m. on this date, your course registration will be dropped.
Wednesday, August 26 Fall Classes Begin
Saturday, December 19 For students whose last semester is Fall 2015, this date will be listed as the end date on your DS-2019. You may stay in the United States in J-1 status up to 30 days beyond this date. The end date cannot be extended for travel purposes.

Spring 2016

Date Event(s)
Thursday, January 7 This is the start date that will be listed on your DS-2019. You may enter the United States up to 30 days prior to this date.
Friday, January 8 International Student Orientation
TBD Exchange Student Orientation & Check-In. Attendance at one of these sessions is required of all exchange students.
Tuesday, January 12 Registration Begins. Check your Registration Information Sheet (RIS) for your specific access period. Please note that you will be able to register only if you have cleared your bars, including Exchange Orientation, by this date.
Friday, January 15 Payment Deadline. While reciprocal exchange students pay tuition at their home universities, there might be miscellaneous fees on the fee bill. Even if no fees appear on your fee bill, you must confirm your enrollment or “zero fee bill.” If payment arrangements or confirmation of your zero fee bill are not made by 5 p.m. on this date, your course registration will be dropped.
Tuesday, January 19 Spring Classes Begin
Saturday, May 21 For students whose last semester is Spring 2016, this date will be listed as the end date on your DS-2019. You may stay in the United States in J-1 status up to 30 days beyond this date. The end date cannot be extended for travel purposes.