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Life at UT

Welcome to UT Austin! The university and city itself have so much to offer international students and scholars. Find useful information on settling in, housing, transportation and registration, ways to get involved on campus and activities offered by International Student and Scholar Services here.

Explore Texas

As you settle into your life at UT, take time to explore our beautiful city and surrounding area.

Pre-Arrival Checklist

There are many tasks to complete before you study in a different country. This list will help you prepare and prioritize.

International Student Orientation

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) organizes orientation and welcome events for incoming international students every Spring and Fall semester. These events provide an opportunity for students to meet their future classmates and get oriented to The University of Texas at Austin, the city of Austin, the state of Texas, and the United States.

Applying for SSNs and ITINs

A Social Security Number (SSN) is needed to facilitate payment for scholarships, employment in the U.S., and to file a U.S. tax return. Read through the information provided to determine if you are eligible for a SSN and for instructions on how to obtain one.

Housing in Austin

Austin offers diverse housing opportunities. Whether you prefer dorm-style living, a co-op, or an apartment, we’re confident you will find an accommodation that fits your needs.

Get Involved

ISSS offers a number of ways for students and scholars to meet and become part of our vibrant international community.