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.

Before attending IBC you will need to make sure you have completed all available forms in myIO.

  • After you have arrived in the U.S. you should indicate your arrival in myIO.
  • Once your arrival notification has been received you can upload copies of your immigration documents and complete required statements of understanding.

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

  • Original I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) from UT
    • (If applicable) Original F-2 I-20's/ J-2 DS-2019's of your dependents

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 'Session Sign-ups' Tab on the left after logging in.

  2. Click on the IBC session type that applies to you.

  3. Choose an IBC session on or before your class registration during Orientation.

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 2019 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:

  • Choose an IBC session on or before your class registration during Orientation.

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 Spring 2019, you will need to sign up for and attend a General IBC Session before you can register for classes:

  • Choose an IBC session on or before your class registration during Orientation.

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 Spring 2019, please schedule to attend a Reciprocal Exchange Student IBC Session in January.

  • Choose an IBC session on or before your class registration during Orientation.

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 a General IBC session in order to get your I-bar removed and to check back in with ISSS. This must be done within 30 days of the start date listed on your I-20/DS-2019.

To sign up for a General IBC session:

  1. Choose an IBC session on or before your class registration during Orientation.

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.