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Check-In & Orientation

Immigration Briefing and Check-In | Orientation Events | Be an International Orientation Assistant (IOA)

We look forward to welcoming you to the United States and The University of Texas at Austin. Take a moment to review all that we have to offer to help you get settled in life and study at UT Austin. 

Immigration Briefing and Check-In

Immigration Briefing & Check-In (IBC) is required for all international students. This session reviews ;the basic information international students need, including:

  • immigration rules and regulations
  • health insurance
  • registration

Who Needs to Attend IBC?

All new students to UT Austin who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are required to attend IBC. This includes students who qualify as Texas residents for tuition purposes.

If you are returning to UT Austin after a leave of absence, you do not need to attend IBC; however, you should contact the International Office for further instructions.

Why Do I Need to Attend IBC?

All new international students receive an automatic registration bar from the International Office upon admission. Before you are permitted to enroll in classes, you must attend IBC to have this registration bar removed. We will not remove or waive the bar until you have attended IBC.

How Do I Sign Up for IBC?

An appointment is required to attend an IBC session. IBC sessions for the summer and fall will open by May 1.

Undergraduate Students

All undergraduates are required to attend either Freshman Orientation or Transfer Orientation. If you plan to attend one of the sessions offered in June or July, the International Office will have a "Required International Student Session" during the orientation program. Attending this session will satisfy the IBC requirement. Be sure to sign up for the IBC session that corresponds with your orientation program.

If you plan to attend the orientation during August, then you will attend a General IBC in August.

Graduate Students

Students admitted to graduate studies may attend a General IBC.

Reciprocal Exchange Students

If you are admitted to the university beginning Fall 2015 and are on a reciprocal exchange, you will have a special Reciprocal Exchange IBC session to attend.

Orientation Events

The International Office offers various orientation events during the month of August to accommodate your arrival schedule, your departmental commitments, and your information needs. Programs begin with International Orientation on Friday, August 14. It's a great way to meet friends, learn about UT Austin, and settle into your new life. A full calendar of events will be available on July 1.


International Student Orientation, Lunch, & Information Fair

Friday, August 14 at 9:30am Following the International Orientation, we will provide lunch and an information fair. Learn about student organizations as well as campus resources available to you as a student.
UT 101, 102, & 103 TBA In addition to International Orientation, we'll offer information sessions on topics such as getting around Austin, how to buy books, safety in the United States, tips for academic success, and much more!
Welcome Weekend Saturday, August 15

Get to know the UT campus and Austin with our specialized tours. Additionally, we'll have a shopping shuttle so you can purchase items you need in order to settle into your new home in Austin.

Meet at the International Office for:

  • City Tours: Take a tour of the Austin area and learn about what the city has to offer!
  • Walking Tours: Student tour guides will lead you on an excursion into the heart of the UT Austin campus.
  • Target Shopping Shuttle: Buy essential items that you couldn't bring with you on the plane.
Zilker Park Excursion TBA Visit one of Austin's most famous parks. We will have games and snacks available, however, you're encouraged to explore the park on your own. Date to be determined.
Texas Dance Night TBA Learn how to dance like a Texan! We will offer a free lesson and time to practice your new moves. Check out photos from last semester's dance lessons.
Bowling & Billiards Night TBA Have a very "American" experience at the bowling alley. International Orientation Assistants and International Office staff will be available to help you learn the game of bowling!
Dessert Social TBA Come cool off with tasty popsicles and ice cream sandwiches while you mingle with other international students. Date to be determined.
PALS Game Night TBA Whether you're super competitive or just want to mingle with your new friends, Game Night sponsored by PALS is a great way to kick off the semester!
Exchange Student Reception TBA This event is open only to reciprocal exchange students visiting from our partner universities. Come meet other new and continuing exchange students.

Be an International Orientation Assistant (IOA)


Are you a continuing UT student who is enjoys meeting people from other cultures and countries? Helping with International Student Orientation is a fantastic way to meet new international students, make new friends, and share culture! Each year, The University of Texas at Austin and the International Office welcomes hundreds of international students to the Longhorn community. The International Orientation Assistant (IOA) Program provides UT students the opportunity to get involved in International Orientation activities.

How to Get Involved

Sharing your culture and learning about others can be a rewarding experience! We invite UT students with an international interest to become an IOA. Help International Office staff members check students in during Immigration Briefing & Check-In (IBC), share your knowledge of UT and Austin during International Orientation, and attend fun welcome events to interact with our newest international community members. Involvement includes mandatory IOA training sessions, attendance at International Orientation, and other IBC and orientation events.


  • Expected enrollment at UT Austin for Fall 2015
  • Continuing UT student with a minimum of sophomore academic standing
  • Interest and/or familiarity working with diverse populations in cross-cultural settings
  • 6-10 hr/wk commitment during program dates


  • You will receive a stipend after all orientation events have completed.

How to Apply

More information about the Summer 2015 IOA program, and our online application, will be available on this website April 1, 2015.

If you have any questions about the IOA program, please contact us at: