Preparing for UT

We know you must be excited but also a bit apprehensive about your upcoming journey to UT. We’ve put together a list of things to help set you up for success on your program and to help you make the most of it.

Get Your EID

Your EID is your identification number at UT. Follow the instructions sent to you by your program coordinator.

Get your EID


Pack Your Bags

Please pack lightly! You will be responsible for carrying all of your luggage, including to and from all airports, hotels and residence halls. The fewer items you bring, the easier your transport will be while traveling to and around the U.S. Using luggage with wheels is strongly recommended.

The following is not a definitive list, but should give you a good guide as to what you should pack for enjoying your time in Austin.

  • Casual, light clothing for duration of program (Remember, if your program is in the summer, it's going to be hot!)
  • Business casual attire for site visits
  • More formal business attire for special events such as the YALI White House visit.
  • Light sweater/jacket
  • Swimwear
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sandals or flip flop
  • Toiletry bag
  • Toothpaste & toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Make-up, moisturizers, & hair products
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash for meals, incidentals & entertainment (Recommended: $30USD/day)
  • Laptop Computer
  • Spare glasses
  • Backpack
  • Writing materials & utensils
  • Aspirin/prescription medicines in clearly labeled containers
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Card listing allergies & medical conditions
  • Prescription glasses/Contacts & contact solution
  • Sunglasses
  • Rechargeable phone card
  • Power adapters
  • Travel clock
  • Camera with extra storage (memory card)
  • Passport with required visas
  • Government Photo ID (i.e. passport)
  • Major international credit cards (i.e. American Express, VISA/MasterCard)
  • Airline frequent traveler cards
  • Telephone numbers, destinations & addresses in countries to be visited
  • Copy of your passport (photo and visa pages) & other travel documents
  • Label your suitcase inside and out with your name and your home address and perhaps attach a sticker, ribbon, patch, or other unique identifier to your luggage to make it easier to find.
  • Carry a copy of your passport, visas, travel, and other important documents with you in your carry-on luggage, not inside your suitcase.
  • Leave a copy of all this information at home with someone trusted and contactable while you are away.
  • Bring more than enough of any medication you might need along with you and carry prescriptions for any medications that you carry with you.
  • Check with your airline to find out its regulations for what you can and cannot pack in your carry-on bags.
  • Avoid putting any sharp objects like nail scissors, razors, or pocketknives in your carry-on. Some items may be considered a threat to safety and could be taken away from you. Pack them in your checked baggage instead.

Arriving at UT

Upon your group's arrival to either Austin-Bergstrom International Airport or Houston International Airport, UT staff will meet you near the baggage claim. You will then be transported by private bus/shuttle to the UT campus and/or the hotel where your group will be staying.


Cultural Preparations

For some of you this will your first trip to the U.S. Culture shock may be on your mind. In order to prepare yourself, we suggest that you:

  • Fill out and return the Participant Pre-Arrival Survey by the deadline (if applicable)
  • Connect with the International Office on social media and with your program participants through dedicated Facebook groups
  • Practice your English (speaking and reading/writing)!
  • Make a commitment to challenge yourself to meet new people and try new things before you leave home
  • Learn more about Austin and U.S. culture