International Briefing & Check-In

IBC is Your First Step To Becoming a Longhorn

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)

Bring these documents to IBC:

  • Permanent Record Form
  • I-20 or DS-2019 (or applicable immigration documents, i.e. I-797)
  • Passport (with visa)
  • Printed I-94 or paper I-94
  • For F-1/J-1 students with F-2/J-2 dependents:
    • Also bring the I-20s/DS-2019s and I-94s of your dependents

For our Summer 2018 IBC sessions, please check back on or after April 1, 2018 for our Summer IBC schedule.

For our Fall 2018 IBC sessions, please check back on or after May 1, 2018 for our Fall IBC schedule.

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.