Information for Admitted International Transfers
In addition to completing the steps needed to accept your admission, incoming students who applied as international applicants must see about additional issues when preparing for enrollment.
UT Austin's International Student and Scholar Services Office provides information, services, and programs to students who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. Whether you come to UT Austin from your home country or from a school or university in the U.S., we encourage you to become familiar with the International Office and its services.
The International Office will send you important information about immigration requirements and regulations. If you reside outside the U.S., you must apply for a student visa to enter the U.S. After you submit the required evidence of financial support to the International Office, the appropriate student visa form (I-20 or DS-2019) will be sent to you.
International Texas Residents
Recent changes to legislation and policy mean that some non-citizen students may now qualify for Texas residency. If you have applied for U.S. permanent resident status, hold a certain visa type other than F-1 student visa, or graduated from a Texas high school after attendance for three consecutive years, contact the UT residency office at 512-475-7408 or 475-7407 for further information on residency and the steps needed to verify residency status. Details are also available on the residency web site.
New International Student "Check-in"
Before registration at UT Austin, you must bring your immigration documents to the International Office for "check- in." You will meet individually with an advisor who will give you information and answer your questions about insurance, U.S. Social Security numbers, immigration, registration, and other matters of importance.
Most international students arrive for check-in in early August, but depending on your housing arrangements, you may need to arrive earlier to locate housing. Check-in is available beginning in June at the International Office, Monday - Friday from 9 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 4:30 p.m.
(Check-in is not usually available on Tuesday mornings or during international student orientation. During peak times, you may be asked to return at a specific time to avoid a wait. We appreciate your flexibility and patience.)
International Student Orientation
The international student orientation program provides information specifically for students from other countries. Even if you participate in a regular orientation session, we encourage you to participate in international student orientation also. You'll be able to meet other students, obtain critical information about immigration regulations, and meet the staff and advisors of the International Office. Tours of campus and the city of Austin as well as a "Get Acquainted" party are also offered.
Visit the New Students section of the International Office site for specific dates and times. No registration or extra fees are required for the International Student Orientation program.