UT Austin is the flagship school of the University of Texas System, which includes nine academic universities. UT Austin is home to more than 51,000 students whom are committed to the spirit of Austin and the Longhorn athletic teams. Austin is internationally renowned for music, film and art scene, along with Texas sunshine and lake running through the city. Underline all of that with an open-minded community, a commitment to breakfast tacos and food trucks, and you have a unique city for all.
University in brief
Language of instruction: English Academic calendar: August-December. January-May. Credit system: Undergraduate: 12-15 hours/credits correspond to full-time studies. Lower Level electives: 3 credits = 6 ECTS. Upper Level electives: 3 credits = 7,5 hp. The course code shows the number of credits (the first number) and the course level. Lower level = 1-19- Upper level = 20-79. For example, BIO311C is a 3 credits course at the lower level. CH328M is a 3 credits course at the upper level.
Not recommended to take more than 50 % engineering courses. Website:Applying to UT Exchange Programs | Texas Global (utexas.edu) Note: All students are admitted as undergraduates for exchange at UT Austin. Enrollment in graduate-level courses is done at the discretion of departments and cannot be guaranteed prior to arrival. The Computer Science program can only accommodate a very limited number of students and admissions to the CS program cannot be guaranteed. Students accepted as Computer Science majors will be able to take no more than two Computer Science courses per semester. The College of Business is not available. Students must purchase the UT Austin insurance plan. The amount is approximately 1100-1600 USD (subject to change). For the latest information about insurance and fees, visit the university website.
Visa and vaccine in the USA
The processing time for a visa to study in the USA can take a long time, therefore, you should start the application as soon as you have been accepted for exchange studies at a university in the USA. The same goes for arranging the necessary vaccines you need to start your studies in the US.
For exchange studies in the US, a J-1 visa is required (DS-2019 form):
I-901 SEVIS Fee | ICE
. J-1 students may enter the USA up to 30 days prior to the start date on the DS2019.
Cost for visa: approximately $220 (as of 2023).
Keep the following documents with you in your hand luggage:
I-20 or DS-2019
I-901 SEVIS fee payment receipt
Proof of financial resources
Acceptance letter from Exchange University
When applying for a US visa, you are required to provide financial evidence to show that you can afford your stay in the US. You can, for example, use a bank statement in this matter.
You can find more information about the visa requirements on the US embassy website:
Immunization requirements are based on state law, you may need the following vaccines to start your studies in the USA.
Rubeola (Measles, MMR)
Tetanus Diphtheria (Td or Tdap)
Meningitis (Men Quad/Conjugate, MCV4)
Meningococcal B (Separate from Meningitis)
You may also need a Tuberculosis screening (most often done upon arrival in the US).
More information can be found at UT Austins website.