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International Student Orientation

International Student & 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.

International Student Orientation is in addition to the Freshman Orientation or Transfer Orientation which is required for all undergraduate student and Graduate Student Orientation required for all graduate students. It contains separate and unique content not available as a part of other orientations.

Spring 2023 Orientation Events

This Spring, all welcome events and orientation programs will be offered in a hybrid mode with some online components starting in December, and in-person events taking place on campus prior to the start of the semester.

International Student Orientation Modules

Prepare for life at UT Austin with our International Student Orientation Modules on CANVAS. These videos are designed to help you prepare for your arrival, learn about topics such as cultural adjustment, expectations of the U.S. classroom, healthcare in the U.S. and much more.

Pre-Arrival Series

Prepare for your arrival on campus by attending our virtual pre-arrival series. Attend sessions with ISSS staff and current international students on a range of topics to help you prepare for your Longhorn journey. You will be able to register online via the Orientation Events Calendar.

  • Health Insurance and Health Care, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. (CST)
  • Ask an Exchange Student Advisor, Thursday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. (CST)
  • Ask an International Student Advisor, Friday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. (CST)
  • Housing in Austin, Friday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. (CST)

International Student Welcome
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023

Join International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) staff and fellow international students for a formal welcome to UT Austin! This will be a one-hour virtual session. Register online via the Orientation Events Calendar

Welcome Events

Get to know Austin, UT Austin campus and your new classmates during our Welcome Events. 

To attend any of the following events, register online via the Orientation Events Calendar:

  • Campus Scavenger Hunts, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2 - 3 p.m.
    Explore the UT campus in small groups of fellow students.
  • Learn Texas Two-Step Dance, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2 - 4 p.m.
    Put on your cowboy boots and learn how to dance like a real Texan.
  • Austin City Bus Tours, Friday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
    Explore Austin from the comfort of an air conditioned bus. We will drive through Downtown, visit Mount Bonnell, and see the Texas Capitol.