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International Academy

Experience a top U.S. university, take courses in your major while improving your English, and enjoy educational and cultural activities on campus and around Austin, Texas.

At a Glance


Undergraduate international students

Relevant Dates:

Winter and summer sessions available.


English courses tailored to six academic tracks.

Program Features:

Interactive classes; practical experience and experiential learning; access to faculty and field experts; cultural and academic experiences; completion certificate.

More Information:

International Academy will be online for Summer 2020! A world-class university experience is more accessible than ever. We are accepting applications for our online Summer 2020 session and on-campus Winter 2021 session.

If you have any questions, e-mail or call (512) 471-2480.


Complete the online application to secure your place.

About the International Academy

International Academy is a short-term program for university-level students. It provides an immersive environment in a top-ranked global university to improve students’ skills and prepare them for further studies abroad.

Students will gain first-hand experience in their selected track with a curriculum that focuses on practice, problem-solving and application, while improving their ability to communicate their subject-area knowledge in English with oral and written communication classes.


  • Interactive classes, 5 days a week for 30 total weekly hours
  • Hands-on, practical experience and experiential learning
  • Connect with experts, get career guidance and field insights
  • Gain U.S. cultural knowledge and academic perspectives
  • Improve technical written English and oral communication
  • Better understand and prepare for U.S. university admissions
  • Experience field trips, site visits, labs, or other subject-related out of classroom learning
  • Enjoy cultural excursions and sight-seeing in and around Austin
  • Receive a certification of completion

Program Tracks

Select a track to learn more. Accounting and engineering tracks are available winter and summer; all other tracks are offered in the summer only.

Course Schedule, July 27 - August 22

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday  Friday
7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
CDT (UTC -5)
Academic Class 1 Academic Class 1 Academic Class 1 Academic Class 1 Academic Class 1
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
CDT (UTC -5)
Academic Class 2 Academic Class 2 Academic Class 2 Academic Class 2 Academic Class 2
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
CDT (UTC -5)
Oral Communication Oral Communication Oral Communication Oral Communication Oral Communication
9:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
CDT (UTC -5)
Written Communication Written Communication Written Communication Written Communication Written Communication


Summer 2020 International Academy will be all online. Tuition includes all academic materials, access to online university resources, pre-orientation, and certificate of completion. Students have the option to enroll in our virtual International Academy full-time or part-time:

$2350 per student for English + Academic track (120 hours)

$1175 per student for English only (60 hours)

$1175 per student for Academic track only (60 hours)


Winter 2021 International Academy will be in person on the UT campus. Tuition includes all academic materials, access to university resources & facilities, orientation, housing & meals, cultural immersion activities, local transportation, and certificate of completion.

$4500 per student for English + Academic track (120 hours) 



Summer 2020 online session dates are July 27 - August 22. To ensure timely processing, please complete the application by July 1, 2020.

Winter 2021 session dates are January 16 - February 13 and will offer engineering and accounting tracks. We expect to offer the winter session in person on the UT campus. Check back in August for further updates. To ensure timely document and visa processing, please complete the application below by November 20, 2020.


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Program Track Details


Gain presentation skills and improve written communication. Explore management types, business etiquette and customs, negotiation styles, and leadership. Engage in case-study learning with current issues in business. Develop management skills and gain a competitive edge in the job market. 

  • Foundations of Accounting
  • Principles of Finance
  • Written Communications in Business
  • Business English for Oral Communication

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Advertising and Public Relations

Explore the difference between advertising and public relations, learn how new media compares with traditional advertising and PR, learn about managing change in the industry, study current issues, and complete case study exercises. Be exposed to U.S. business culture, language, and expression and complete a project with a client for your portfolio.

  • Foundations of Advertising, PR and Social Media
  • Client Project
  • Oral Communication for Advertising and PR
  • Written Communications for Business

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Gain hands-on experience in engineering and improve scientific written and oral communications in English. You will identify an engineering problem and work in groups to research, design and execute an experiment and develop solutions.

  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Engineering Physics
  • Written Communication for Science
  • Oral Communication for Science

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Language and Culture

Improve your English language and learn more about U.S. culture. This program offers unique cultural experiences, helping you advance your knowledge and communication skills through practice.

  • Listening and Speaking
  • Reading and Discussion
  • Writing
  • American Culture
  • Communication Skills and Strategies

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Renewable Energy

Master key concepts and terminology related to energy technology. Design an engineering solution to solve a problem and deliver a presentation on your solution. Learn from industry leaders and experts on state-of-the-art technologies. Acquire skills for independent and intelligent experimental design, execution, and analysis.

  • Energy Technologies
  • Energy Generation
  • Oral Communication for Science
  • Written Communications in Science

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