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Orientation Schedule

If you are admitted to The University of Texas at Austin for the Spring 2014, please mark your calendar to attend the January Orientation Events planned for you by the International Office. Although these events are optional, we encourage you to attend as they provide opportunities to meet other students and University staff, as well as to gather information to help you adjust to living in Austin and being a student at The University!

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Welcome Weekend

Welcome Weekend begins with the International Student Orientation Program on Wednesday, January 8th. This fun and interactive event begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 a.m. This is your opportunity to meet other international students and make connections with various departments on campus. See below for details:

Wednesday, January 8th

  • International Student Orientation, Texas Union Theatre (UNB), 9:30 a.m..
  • Welcome Lunch and Information Fair, Texas Union Ballroom, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 11th

  • Walking Tours of Campus at 10 a.m. and Noon.
  • Austin Bus Tours at 10 a.m. and Noon.
  • Shopping Shuttle to Target departs the IO on the hour 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    Social Events

    Social events are the best part of any program! We hope that you will find time in your busy arrival schedule to join us for fun, food, and recreation! In addition to the fun-filled Welcome Weekend, there will be an opportunity to meet other students for movies, treats, or simply socializing. See below for events:

    Wednesday, January 8th Movie Night
    Friday, January 10th Dessert Social
    Monday, January 13th Exchange Student Reception

    **Events are subject to change. A final detailed schedule will be available in January**

    When do I need to arrive in Austin?

    The answer to this frequently asked question depends upon your choice of orientation options, your housing needs, your immunization requirements, your budget, and many other factors. The program is designed for you to receive an orientation whenever you arrive.

    If it is important to you to participate in the entire orientation program, you may choose to arrive on Friday, January 3 or before. A sample schedule:

    January 3 or 6 Immigration Briefing & Check-in
    January 6 UHS Immunization Clinic
    January 7 Registration
    January 8 International Student Orientation
    January 11  City & Campus Tours, Shopping Shuttle

    If it is important to you to arrive as late as possible and still register at the earliest possible opportunity (January 7), you will need to arrive during the day on January 3. This should allow sufficient time to complete the required IBC, as well as the health & TB testing prior to January 7.