Exchange Fact Sheet

Contact Information

The University of Texas at Austin

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)

2400 Nueces Street, Suite B
Austin, Texas 78705
Phone: +1 (512) 471-2477
Fax: +1 (512) 471-8848

International Office Exchange page

Administrative contact persons

Incoming students: Sarah Conlon
Exchange Coordinator
Phone: (512) 471-2715

Outgoing students: Study Abroad Team
Phone: (512) 471-6490


Applying to UT Exchange Programs

Application items:

  1. Home School Nomination
  2. Online Application
  3. Current Academic Transcript
  4. Academic Information Form
  5. English Proficiency Form
  6. Certificate of Financial Responsibility
  7. Passport

*Some Academic departments have additional required items. Please contact the Exchange Advisor about additional requirements. A list of restricted programs can be found on the application page.

Application deadlines

  • Fall Semester (August-December) and full academic year (August-May): March 1
  • Spring Semester (January-May): October 1

Requirement Items for Exchange Students

  • Students participating in reciprocal exchange programs are issued Form DS-2019 to enter the U.S. on a J-1 visa for the duration of their academic study period, usually one or two semesters.
  • Reciprocal exchange students enroll in a non-degree academic program, according to the terms of exchange agreements between UT and their home universities.

Immigration webpage

Orientation dates

Fall Semester (August-December): mid-August
Spring Semester (January-May): early-January

Important Dates

Academic structure & courses

UT Colleges & Schools

Courses: UT Academic departments make every effort to accommodate exchange students in their classes, but due to overcrowding and equipment constraints in some majors, they cannot always give students the courses they want. Exchange students should be flexible when planning their coursework at UT in case specific courses are not available.

Course schedules and catalogs

Number of credit hours:

  • Minimum 12 credit hours -- (usually 4 classes)
  • Maximum -- per department decision (normally no more than 5 classes -- 15 credits)

Grading scale
Grade reports and transcripts
Department coordinators

Academic calendar

  • Fall term: last week of August to the middle of December
  • Spring term: early January to the middle of May
  • Summer term: early June to the middle of August

Academic calendar


Exchange students attending UT usually choose from three types of housing: co-operative houses (co-ops), private dormitories, and apartments. Some exchange students live in UT dormitories, but it is important to apply early to have the best chance of securing a place.

Find more about:

Living expenses

Living expenses can vary from $1,400 to $1,900 per month depending on individual lifestyle.

Health Insurance

All reciprocal exchange students in J-1 visa status and an accompanying dependents (spouse/children) are required to purchase the UT health insurance, which meets both the U.S. Department of State and the The University of Texas at Austin requirements. Students are enrolled in the UT insurance plan automatically and this requirement cannot be waived.

English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are not provided as part of reciprocal exchange at this time.

Welcome guide

The Welcome Guide contains important information about activities, programs, requirements, and services for new international students.

Information about UT

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public universities in the United States. Founded in 1883, the university is a 350-acre main campus with 17 colleges and schools, about 24,000 faculty and staff and more than 50,000 students.

Information about Austin, TX

Austin is the capital of the US state of Texas and the seat of Travis County. Located in Central Texas, Austin is the 11th-most populous city in the United States and the fourth-most populous city in Texas.

Cultural program

  • Intercultural Programs and Events: The International Student and Scholar Services provides the opportunity for students to participate in many programs and events.
  • Friendship Program: This program matches international students and scholars with members of the Austin community for an intercultural exchange of customs, traditions and lifestyles. They will help you become acquainted with the city and the American lifestyle.
  • Texas Excursions: The International Office offers 3-4 field trips per semester to exchange students. The field trips provide an excellent means for students to visit other areas in the great state of Texas, for example NASA Space Center in Houston.
  • Partnerships to Advance Language Study and Culture Exchange (PALS): The PALS program is a registered student organization, sponsored by the International Office, that pairs together international and American students at UT for the purposes of cultural exchange and to practice English conversation skills.

Study Abroad Fair

Exchange students can participate in the study abroad fair each semester to help promote their home university. Fairs are held in September and January. Students will be emailed an invite to participate.