Reciprocal Exchange – In Person and Virtual Programs
UT Austin has reciprocal exchange agreements with more than 130 renowned universities around the globe offering a variety of academic disciplines. Exchange programs offer you the opportunity to study alongside local students, engage in research projects or participate in an academic or non-academic internship abroad while paying tuition at UT Austin.
Our goal is to match you to the best learning opportunity. Admissions are typically confirmed two weeks after the application deadline.
Fall, Spring, Summer, or Year
Students maintain full-time enrollment at UT Austin with a minimum of 12 hours during a fall or spring semester and 6 hours during a summer term. Find more information on credit and grades for exchange programs on the Registration and Credit page.
- UT Austin tuition
- $75 program application fee
- $500 reciprocal exchange fee
- $19 per week for overseas insurance
- Personal costs for transportation, housing, food and incidentals
Language of Instruction
Many exchange partners’ language of instruction is English. For example, our partners in Czech Republic, France, Italy, Hong Kong, Morocco and Turkey all offer English-only courses. While you are able to take a full course load in English, we encourage you to enroll in a beginning, intermediate or advanced language course.
Any scholarship, grant or loan you have received to study on campus in Austin can be applied to a reciprocal exchange program. Additionally, there are special scholarships for outbound exchange students. Learn more on our Funding and Scholarships pages.
Featured Funding Opportunities
How to Apply
Review the application steps and learn about the application process on the How to Apply for Recriprocal Exchange Programs page.
Virtual Education Abroad
Beginning spring 2021, many reciprocal exchange partners will offer UT Austin students the chance to participate in a reciprocal exchange though virtual synchronous and asynchronous learning. Students seeking an international education experience who prefer to remain in the U.S. can take advantage of this amazing opportunity to enrich their academic experience, engage with their peers in another country, build a network for future career pursuits and engage in cultural experiences remotely.
Virtual academic offerings are changing day to day. Please consult with an education abroad advisor or program coordinator. The current list of partners offering virtual opportunities includes:
- University College London (England)
- European University Viadrina (Germany)
- Monterrey Tec, Mexico City and Monterrey Tec, Queretaro (Mexico)
- University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
How to Apply for Virtual Education Abroad
Students apply to a reciprocal exchange program via the MyAbroad portal and will indicate in their essay their intention to study remotely. Students pay the $75 application fee and $500 reciprocal exchange fee in addition to UT Austin tuition. Students drawing on Veteran Benefits and Federal Financial Aid may be limited in use of their federal funds and should consult with Texas One Stop for details.
Students may participate in an exchange program multiple times, but the length of time abroad at any one time cannot exceed three consecutive terms (e.g., fall + spring + summer)
Transcripts from abroad often take an entire semester to be received and processed by UT Austin. We do not recommend that graduating seniors go abroad during their final spring term on reciprocal exchange programs as it may delay graduation.