New International Students

Welcome to The University of Texas at Austin! Austin is situated in the banks of the Colorado River in the heart of central Texas known as the Hill Country. Rolling hills dotted with lakes and streams provide a beautiful setting for the downtown capital area and The University of Texas at Austin. The Capitol Building, UT Tower and downtown office buildings create a skyline which reflects the city itself - a center for education, government and commerce. Austin features a pleasant climate and a wealth of outdoor settings for swimming, cycling, hiking and other activities. Summer days are humid and often reach temperatures above 36 degrees Celsius. Winter days may fall below freezing. Students will need warm jackets for winter and light cottons for summer.

Austin is known for its variety of artistic venues which feature live music, dramatic performances and artistic exhibitions. Local festivities and national and international tours fill the central Texas calendar. Austin is only a short drive from San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas, all of which are centers for cultural and touring performances as well as major sporting events.

Please review the information below to help you plan your studies and travels to Austin, as well as to help you get settled once you arrive! We look forward to meeting you once you arrive in Austin so mark your calendar for Friday, August 17, 2018 to attend the International Student Orientation, Lunch & Resource Fair which starts at 9:00 a.m in the Texas Union Ballroom. You don’t need to register, just show up!

Freshmen and undergraduate transfer students are required to attend UT Orientation program led by New Student Services.

Before Leaving Your Home Country

University Requirements

Financial Requirements

Express Mail Requests


Visa Information

Pre-Arrival Checklist

Information by Program

Important Dates for Exchange Students

Graduate Students

Graduate Students in Executive & Option III Programs

Arriving in Austin

Housing in Austin

Immunization & TB Requirements

Student Health Insurance

International Briefing & Check In

During Your Stay

Resources for New Students

Student Employment