International Briefing & Check-In

Welcome to the United States and The University of Texas at Austin! As a new international student at The University of Texas at Austin, you are required to attend International Briefing and Check-In (IBC). At IBC, you will learn about immigration, work eligibility in the U.S., how to obtain U.S. forms of identification (i.e. driver's license and social security number), health insurance requirements, and what else you need to do in order to register for classes.

The university classifies all incoming students at The University of Texas at Austin, who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, as international students, even if you are a Texas Resident for tuition purposes. Additionally, all new reciprocal exchange students admitted to The University of Texas at Austin, including exchange students that are U.S. citizens, must attend an IBC session. New international students have an international bar on their Registration Information Sheet. After attending IBC, your international bar will be waived or removed from your record. You will not be able to register for classes until you have attended IBC. Please make sure to sign up for the appropriate IBC session below as we have specific sessions for students admitted to degree programs, for reciprocal exchange students, and for those readmitted or returning to The University of Texas at Austin.

After you arrive in Austin, you should complete your Permanent Record Form. You will need to print, fill out, and sign all the appropriate sections. We will have spare copies for you to fill out before IBC, as needed. We also will have copies of the form available at the front desk of the International Office if you are not able to print it and would like to fill it out before IBC starts. Below is an example of some information that we may need:

  • UT EID
  • Local Address in Austin
  • Parent or Guardian contact information
  • Emergency Contact information (if different from Parent or Guardian)
  • Permanent or Home Country Address (F-1 & J-1 students only)

All F-1 and J-1 students must bring the following to IBC:

  • Completed Permanent Record Form
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Printed I-94 or paper I-94
  • I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) from UT
  • For F-1/J-1 students with F-2/J-2 dependents:
    • Also bring the passports, visas, I-20s/DS-2019s and I-94s of your dependents

If you are not an F-1 or J-1 student, please bring the completed Permanent Record Form along with your immigration documents specific to your situation such as: passport, visa, I-485 receipt notice, I-797 approval notice, Employment Authorization Document (EAD such as DACA), Consular ID.

Please make sure to sign up for the correct session of IBC that corresponds to your Orientation Session dates. You will need to sign up for the IBC session that is on the last day of your Orientation program.

  1. Click on the 'Event' Tab at the top once logged in.

  2. In the keyword search, type in 'Freshman IBC' to find the Freshman session or 'Transfer IBC' to find the Transfer session.

  3. Click RSVP for corresponding IBC session that is during your Orientation session dates.

Note for Students with Disabilities: The University of Texas at Austin provides, upon request, appropriate accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 512-471-6259, 512-471-6441 TTY. Any student with a documented disability who requires accommodations should contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 512-471-6259 (voice) or 512-410-6644(Video Phone) as soon as possible to request accommodations for this session/event. Please review the Services for Students with Disabilities website for more on their accommodations.

If you are admitted for Summer 2018 for the first session term, the whole summer session, or the second summer session, you will need to sign up for and attend a General IBC Session before you can register for classes:

  1. Click on the 'Event' Tab at the top once logged in.
  2. In the keyword search, type in 'General IBC' to find the correct session.
  3. Click RSVP for corresponding IBC session for the session that is before your start date.

Note for Students with Disabilities: The University of Texas at Austin provides, upon request, appropriate accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 512-471-6259, 512-471-6441 TTY. Any student with a documented disability who requires accommodations should contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 512-471-6259 (voice) or 512-410-6644(Video Phone) as soon as possible to request accommodations for this session/event. Please review the Services for Students with Disabilities website for more on their accommodations.

For those admitted to a program at UT in Fall 2018, you will need to sign up for and attend a General IBC Session before you can register for classes:

  1. Click on the 'Event' Tab at the top once logged in.
  2. In the keyword search, type in 'General IBC' to find the correct session.
  3. Click RSVP for any open or available General IBC session.

Note for Students with Disabilities: The University of Texas at Austin provides, upon request, appropriate accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 512-471-6259, 512-471-6441 TTY. Any student with a documented disability who requires accommodations should contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 512-471-6259 (voice) or 512-410-6644(Video Phone) as soon as possible to request accommodations for this session/event. Please review the Services for Students with Disabilities website for more on their accommodations.

If you are an exchange student that is starting an exchange program at UT this Fall 2018, please schedule to attend a Reciprocal Exchange Student IBC Session in August. We will have a separate Business Exchange Student International Briefing & Check-In (IBC) on August 20, 2018 for all of the Fall 2018 BBA and MA exchange students - no sign up required.

  1. Click on the 'Event' Tab at the top once logged in.
  2. In the keyword search, type in 'Exchange IBC' to find the correct session.
  3. Click RSVP for any available Reciprocal Exchange IBC session.

Note for Students with Disabilities: The University of Texas at Austin provides, upon request, appropriate accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 512-471-6259, 512-471-6441 TTY. Any student with a documented disability who requires accommodations should contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 512-471-6259 (voice) or 512-410-6644(Video Phone) as soon as possible to request accommodations for this session/event. Please review the Services for Students with Disabilities website for more on their accommodations.

For students that are readmitted or returning to UT after a break, you must attend an abbreviated Readmitted student IBC session in order to get your I-bar removed and to check back in with ISSS. Please sign up for the correct Readmitted student IBC as this is a shorter session that will only cover specific reminders for returning students during the check-in process. This must be done within 30 days of the start date listed on your I-20/DS-2019.

If returning to UT to start classes during the summer, please sign up for a General IBC session:

  1. Click on the 'Event' Tab at the top once logged in.
  2. In the keyword search, type in 'General IBC' to find the correct session.
  3. Click RSVP for corresponding IBC session or an IBC session that is before your program start date.

If returning to UT to start classes during the fall, please sign up for a Readmit IBC session:

  1. Click on the 'Event' Tab at the top once logged in.
  2. In the keyword search, type in 'Readmit IBC' to find the correct session.
  3. Click RSVP for any available or open Readmit IBC session.

Note for Students with Disabilities: The University of Texas at Austin provides, upon request, appropriate accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 512-471-6259, 512-471-6441 TTY. Any student with a documented disability who requires accommodations should contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 512-471-6259 (voice) or 512-410-6644(Video Phone) as soon as possible to request accommodations for this session/event. Please review the Services for Students with Disabilities website for more on their accommodations.

Due to the specialized nature and academic requirements, Executive and Option III graduate programs follow different calendars than traditional programs. Please see our Executive Program IBC for more information on your program's specific check-in process.