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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 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 register 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.

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.

Sign up for IBC during Orientation. Be sure to choose the IBC session that corresponds with your orientation program.

**If you plan to attend the orientation session during August, sign up for a General IBC in August.

Graduate Students

Students admitted to graduate studies may attend a General IBC. Note: you may not register for classes until you attend IBC.

Sign up for General IBC in June or July.

Sign up for a General IBC in August.

Executive & Option III Program Students

If you are admitted to one of the following programs, you do not need to attend a General IBC session, but you will need to attend your program's IBC session:

  • Master of Science Finance (MSF)
  • Master of Science Technology & Commercialization (MSTC)
  • Master of Science Business Analytics (IROM)
  • Executive MBA Programs in Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Houston
  • Executive MBA at Mexico City
  • Master of Science in Economics
  • Master of Arts in Human Dimensions of Organization (HDO)
  • Master of Science in Engineering Management

Check program-specific procedures.

Reciprocal Exchange Students

If you are on a reciprocal exchange, you will need to attend Exchange Student IBC. You will not be permitted to register for classes until you attend an Exchange Student IBC session.

Sign up for Reciprocal Exchange IBC.

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.

Event Date Information
International Student Orientation, Lunch, & Information Fair Friday, August 14
9:30am - 2:30pm
LBJ Auditorium

(1st floor below the LBJ Library)

Following the International Orientation, we will provide a lunch and information fair. Learn about student organizations as well as campus resources available to you as a student. International students do not need to sign up to attend, simply come to the orientation.

Registered UT Student Organizations may participate in the Information Fair. Contact for information on how to sign-up your organization.

UFCU Ice Cream Social Friday, August 14

University Federal Credit Union

Learn about banking options and enjoy free ice cream sundaes, compliments of University Federal Credit Union (UFCU). 
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!
    • Bus Schedule - Tours depart the International Office at:
      • 10:00am
      • 12:00pm
      • 2:00pm
  • Walking Tours: Student tour guides will lead you on an excursion into the heart of the UT Austin campus.
    • Tours depart the International Office at:
      • 10:00am
  • Target Shopping Shuttle: Buy essential items that you couldn't bring with you on the plane.
    • Shuttles will depart the International Office starting at 4:00pm and will run back and forth to Target until 6:30pm

No sign-ups are necessary for this event.  All events are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bowling & Billiards Night Monday, August 17
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Texas Union Underground

Have a very "American" experience at a bowling alley. International Orientation Assistants and International Office staff will be available to help you learn the games of bowling and pool!

Costs (Bring your UT Student ID Card):

  • Bowling: $3 (1 hour); $4 (1.5 hours); $5 (2 hours)*
  • Pool/Billiards: $7 per hour

Students will be served on a first-come, first-served basis as space is limited.
*Price includes bowling shoe rental. Bring socks!

Zilker Park Excursion Saturday, August 22 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. Meet at the International Office for bus transportation to Zilker Park. No sign-ups are necessary for this event.
Bus Schedule:
  • Bus leaves the IO:
    • 10:00am
    • 11:00am
    • 12:00pm
    • 1:00pm
  • Bus leaves Zilker Park
    • 10:30am
    • 11:30am
    • 12:30pm
    • 1:30pm
UT 101 Monday, August 24
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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!


  • 8:30am - Health Information (University Health Services)
  • 9:00am - Health Information/Insurance (International Student & Scholar Services)
  • 9:30am - Health Information (Counseling & Mental Health Center)
  • 10:00am - Break
  • 10:15am - Personal Safety (UT Police Department)
  • 11:00am - Knowing the Law (Office of the Dean of Students & ISSS)
  • 11:30am - Academic Integrity (Office of the Dean of Students)
  • 12:00pm - Break
  • 1:00pm - Getting Around Austin (ISSS)
  • 1:30pm - Tips for Academic Success (Sanger Learning Center)
  • 2:30pm - Getting Involved on Campus (Leadership & Ethics Institute)
  • 3:00pm - Break
  • 3:15pm - Internships & Career Opportunities (Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling)
  • 3:45pm - Employment (ISSS)
  • 4:15pm - Employment & Taxes (ISSS)

No sign-ups are necessary for this event. You're welcome to come to the whole event, or just the specific sessions of your choosing.

Exchange Student Reception Monday, August 24, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Black Box Theater (SAC 2.304)
This event is open only to reciprocal exchange students visiting from our partner universities. Come meet other new and continuing exchange students.
Texas Two-Step Dance Night Thursday, August 27
Session 1: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Session 2: 7pm-8pm
Texas Union Quadrangle Room
Learn how to dance like a Texan! This free lesson will teach you how to do the Texas Two-Step! Check out photos from last semester's dance lessons.
Space is limited and attendees will be admitted on a first-come, first served basis.
Exchange Student Volunteer Project Saturday, September 12, 9:00am
Event details will be provided after RSVP has been received.
This community service volunteer event is open only to reciprocal exchange students visiting from our partner universities.
RSVP online.
For questions about this event, contact

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
  • Must be available from late July through the end of August


  • IOAs selected for August events will be paid a stipend of $300 upon program completion.

How to Apply

The August 2015 cohort has already been selected and we're no longer accepting applications.

If you're interested being an IOA in January 2016, applications will be available in mid-fall 2015.

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