Semester programs

If you want a fully immersive, life-changing experience, a semester study abroad program is the best choice. A semester allows you to assimilate better in another culture and community, build relationships with the people and places you see everyday, discover new experiences, improve your foreign language skills and more. With so many options at your disposal and pre-approved courses that count toward degree requirements, you can find the best fit for you and we can help. Start by exploring your choices below and follow this Explore Checklist.

Exchange programs are among the most affordable because students pay regular UT tuition, a $500 administrative fee, plus the cost of living in country. Your grades are computed into your official UT-Austin GPA, just as they would be for grades earned on campus. UT has more than 120 exchange partners around the world, so your options are limitless. You can study alongside local and international students in courses that count toward your major, minor or certificate program requirements. Just like the International Office offers special support to exchange students at UT, as an exchange student at a foreign university, you can take advantage of student buddy or partnership programs to help you make friends and participate in cultural excursions so you can see and experience as much as you want. Explore semester exchange programs, hone your search by country, area of study, semester and get the details about each exchange program in the search engine.

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With Semester Plus, you can experience the independence and immersion of a semester exchange, expand your network on campus and abroad, and study at a top international university. These customized programs offer select majors the opportunity to earn major credit at prestigious institutions abroad in Spain, France, Australia and Mexico. Semester Plus includes an online cultural analysis course and a three-week UT course taught by a UT faculty followed by a fall semester exchange. You can earn 16 or more credit hours toward your degree, use your financial aid and pay UT tuition and share the experience with other UT students.

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Affiliated semester programs are those coordinated by our partners around the world as part of our effort to provide a greater variety of programs to UT students. Students pay a comprehensive program fee to the affiliate and a $600 administrative fee to UT Austin. Each Affiliated program is different; some including service learning components, internship options, courses in English and various scholarships and payment plans. Students with advanced language skills may take university courses at an associated university with students from the host country. Check out the possibilities on our Program Search Engine, attend an information session and talk to a Program Coordinator about what program would be best for you.

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You could spend a summer interning abroad, but why not make the most of your international professional experience by taking a semester to build long-lasting corporate connections, learn or improve your professional proficiency in a foreign language and develop skills for success in a global economy? We help arrange working positions for students, often as part of a credit-bearing study abroad program. We offer internships through both exchange and affiliated programs. They may also be  part of faculty-led programs.You can choose a full-time internship placement or take courses that complement a part-time internship placement. Credit and costs for internships vary based on location and the placement organization. 

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While most of our faculty-led programs take place in the summer, we offer a few customized semester long faculty-led programs including Study in Italy and Architecture in Europe for students in the School of Architecture, the Normandy Scholars program, and a program at Casa Herrera in Guatemala for students in any major.

If you're interested in conducting in-depth research abroad or designing your own study abroad semester experience, there's a special registration category for you: Independent Study and Research (ISR). Independent Study and Research students are subject to special requirements for registration, credit, costs and more. This status is non-credit bearing. Students registered in this category are not eligible for federal, state or institutional loans processed by the UT Office of Financial Aid. ISR registration cost to UT Austin is $600 per semester.

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If you want to participate in a program not offered by UT or one of our partners, you must follow these requirements for credit and program evaluation:

  1. Complete the “Non-UT Pre-departure Form” prior to departure to determine credit transferability. 
  2. Complete an Application for Readmission to UT in order to re-enroll upon return. Students who participate in a Non-UT program will be taking a leave of absence if abroad for fall or spring. As long as the student leaves in good standing (min 2.5 gpa) there will not be any problem re-enrolling.
  3. Inform your college or school's advising office (in the office of student affairs or dean's office) that you will be taking a leave of absence. 
  4. Contact any scholarship sponsors and/or the UT Office of Financial Aid. Many non-UT programs are not eligible for federal financial aid. If you need loans to study abroad you should check on this first.

Please email studyabroad@austin.utexas.edu with questions about non-UT programs.