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

Immigration Briefing and Check-In

We look forward to welcoming you to the United States and The University of Texas at Austin. In order to prepare for your immigration life at UT Austin, all students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are required to attend Immigration Briefing and Check-in (IBC). Attendance at IBC is required to clear your International Bar before you register for classes. This session reviews the basic information international students need, including:

  • immigration rules and regulations
  • health insurance
  • registration

An appointment is required to attend an IBC session. As a courtesy to your fellow international students, please register for only one IBC session that you know you can attend. This will ensure that all students have an opportunity to attend Immigration Briefing & Check-In in a timely manner.

General IBC appointments

If you are admitted to the university beginning Spring 2015 and you are not an exchange student (visiting from another university), please click below to schedule an IBC appointment.

Reciprocal Exchange IBC appointments

If you are admitted to the university beginning Spring 2015 and are on a reciprocal exchange, please click below to schedule an IBC appointment.

Orientation Events

The International Office offers various orientation events during the month of January to accommodate your arrival schedule, your departmental commitments, and your information needs. Programs begin with International Orientation on Thursday, January 8. It's a great way to meet friends, learn about UT Austin, and settle into your new life. You can also view our events on the January Events Calendar (PDF).

International Student Orientation

Thursday, January 8 at 9:30am

Texas Union, Ballroom

Welcome Weekend

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. 

Saturday, January 10

International Office

  • City Tours: Buses depart the International Office at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
  • Walking Tours: Tours depart the International Office at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Target Shopping Shuttle: Buses leave hourly from the International Office beginning at 2 p.m. 

​Exchange Student Reception

This event is open to reciprocal exchange students visiting from our partner universities. Come meet other new and continuing exchange students. 

Monday, January 12

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (or immediately following Exchange Student IBC)

Texas Union, Union Quadrangle Room

Dessert Social & Student Organization Fair

Get involved! Meet with several student organizations to get your Longhorn activities started. 

Wednesday, January 14

4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Student Activities Center, Ballroom

Bowling & Billiards Night

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!

Friday, January 16

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

Texas Union, Union Underground

PALS Game Night

Whether your super competative or just want to mingle with your new friends, Game Night sponsored by PALS is a great way to kick off the semester!

Tuesday, January 20

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Student Activities Center, Ballroom

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. Mandatory IOA training sessions will be held on November 15th and January 6th. Orientation events begin on January 7th and the last event takes place on January 16th.


  • Expected enrollment at UT Austin for Spring 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


  • $150 stipend (paid upon program completion)

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applicants for the January 2015 IOA program.

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

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