Academic and Culture and Immersion Program

This program is a collaboration with the UT Global Initiative for Education and Leadership (UTGI) and UT Leadership and Ethics Institute (LEI) and combines coursework, volunteer community service activities, leadership workshops and cultural immersion experiences.

The goal of the U.S. Academic & Culture Immersion Program is to provide you with key insights into targeted academic themes, enhance English skills and cultural understanding as well as leadership development.

On this page, you will find all the details you need to make the most of your experience.

American Culture and Intercultural Communications Course

This course will focus on culture, cultural adjustment and diversity in the U.S. while employing and honing skills in Academic Reading, Reflective Writing, and Intercultural Analysis. Course material will address American values and beliefs in the areas of education, family, business, religion, and government.

Academic Courses

The UT Global Initiative for Education and Leadership (UTGI) offers two academic tracks.

  • Business & Humanities
  • Sciences & Humanities.

Students will be divided between the two tracks based on area of study at their current academic institution. Courses will be taught by faculty or high-level graduate students who have subject-expertise and proven teaching experience.

Leadership Sessions

The UT Leadership and Ethics Institute (LEI) will provide leadership skills training to prepare the next generation of individuals to act responsibly, improve the quality of student life, serve as peer mentors and contribute to the communities where they live, study and work. Participants will also engage in a series of fun and challenging team building exercises at the Georgetown Challenge Course.

Community Service

We’ll explore the role of community service and volunteerism in American culture and spend time volunteering for an Austin organization that helps underserved communities. You’ll learn from organizational leaders about the needs the community organization fills and how it operates, as well as actively participate in projects that will serve the Austin community.

Civic & Cultural Activities

Immersing in experiences that teach you first-hand about the culture is one of the most crucial parts of international exchange. We’ve planned outings that will give you a true taste of American and Austin life:

  • The Blanton Museum of Art
  • The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • The Texas State Capitol Building
  • Fiesta Texas amusement park in San Antonio

Program dates for ACIP are still in development.

The program Fee, paid via the Severn Institute, includes:

  • Arrival Transportation
  • Orientation
  • UT ID Card
  • Capital Metro Transportation Pass
  • Library Access
  • International Student Health Insurance
  • Course Tuition, Fees & Materials
  • Leadership Workshops
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Community Service Opportunities
  • Group Dinners
  • Transportation to ACIP Events
  • Housing
  • Bedding & Linens
  • High Speed Internet & Wi-Fi
  • Utilities
  • Meal Plan
  • Dedicated International Office Staff

Office: +86-27-87573543
Mobile: +86-13971062491

Additional Expenses

  • Airfare
  • Visa
  • Personal Expenses

Optional Expenses

  • UT Recreational Sports Facilities Membership
  • University Health Services Extension Fee
  • San Marcos Premium Outlets Shopping Trip

As part of the application process, the International Office requires a copy of your passport, evidence of adequate financial resources, and verification of English proficiency. Upon receipt of these documents via the Severn Institute, the IO will issue your acceptance letter and Form DS-2019, which are necessary to obtain a J-1 student visitor visa. After you have received your SEVIS ID number, apply for your visa at the nearest U.S.embassy or consulate. For the appointment, you will need a valid passport, the acceptance letter, Form DS-2019, evidence of adequate financial resources, and the SEVIS fee payment receipt.

You will be enrolled in the UT Health Insurance Plan that is provided by Academic Health Plans through Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas. This plan will provide health insurance coverage to you during the full dates for which you are in the United States and participating in the U.S. Sports & Culture Immersion Program. You can access a description of plan benefits on the Academic Health Plans page.

Upon your group's arrival to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, UT staff will meet you near the baggage claim. You will then be transported by private bus/shuttle to the UT campus where you will check in to your room.

Participants will be housed in double occupancy rooms in a private residence hall within walking distance of the UT campus. Roommate assignments will be distributed during check-in.

Room Features
  • Twin Bed
  • Desk
  • Dresser
  • Closet
  • Free Wi-Fi

Facility Features

  • Computer Lab & Free Printing
  • 24-Hour Fitness Center
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Game Room
  • 24-Hour Assistance Hotline

You will be provided a meal plan that will allow you to eat all meals at the Dobie Cafeteria. The Dobie Cafeteria is a buffet-style dining hall that offers a variety of food options including American comfort food, Japanese, African and German cuisine. The dining hours for Fall & Spring are:

Hot Bar (Mon-Fri)

  • Breakfast: 7am - 9am
  • Lunch: 11am - 2:30pm
  • Dinner: 4pm - 7pm

Grill (Mon-Fri)

  • Breakfast: 7am - 9am
  • Lunch: 11am - 2:30pm
  • Dinner: 4pm - 7pm

Weekends (Sat-Sun)

  • Brunch: 11am - 2:30pm
  • Dinner: 4pm - 7pm


Need a coffee to get your day going? Wanting to try some delicious Texas BBQ or TexMex? Choose from the many restaurants & cafes surrounding the UT campus.

Your dedicated program team consists of:

Angela Branigan, Assistant Director

Zach Simon, Program Coordinator

You can read more about them here

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