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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.

Fall 2021

This Fall, all welcome events and orientation programs will be offered in a hybrid mode with some online components throughout the summer 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. The modules will become available to all newly admitted students in early June. 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.

Orientation Modules


Pre-Arrival Series

The Pre-Arrival Series gives you a chance to prepare for you arrival at UT Austin, meet fellow classmates, learn about visa and insurance requirements for international students and ask ISSS staff and current UT students any questions that you might have. We will have a number of sessions through the months of May to July. Please register for as many events as you would like and as your schedule allows.

RVSP for Pre-Arrival Series Events

Applying for Your Student Visa
Wednesday, May 12, 8 a.m. (CDT)

Learn about what you will need to apply for your student visa, what to bring to the interview and how to navigate interview questions.

Maintaining Your Status
Thursday, June 3, 8 a.m. (CDT)

Learn about maintaining your F-1 or J-1 status and following the rules of your student visa.

On and Off Campus Employment for F-1/J-1 Students
Wednesday, June 23, 8 a.m. (CDT)

As an international student you may be eligible to work on or off campus with authorization. Learn about available work authorizations for F-1 and J-1 students.

Ask a UT Student
Thursday, July 8, 8 a.m. (CDT)

Current international students at UT Austin will be available to share their experience and answer questions about life as a Longhorn.

Ask an International Student Advisor
Wednesday, July 14, 8 a.m. (CDT)

International student advisors will be available to answer questions about what to expect when you apply for a visa, as well as other common immigration questions.

Health Insurance
Wednesday, July 21, 8 a.m. (CDT)

All UT Austin international students must have health insurance. Learn about your options and how to use health insurance in the U.S.

New International Student Speed Networking
Wednesday, July 28, 8 a.m. (CDT)

Meet other new international students coming to UT Austin in an exciting and interactive way!


International Student Orientation Day One
Friday, Aug. 13, 2021

Join International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) staff and fellow international students for a formal welcome to UT Austin!


International Student Orientation Day Two
Monday, Aug. 16, 2021

Hear from UT Austin staff and current UT Students about all the services and support available for you on and off campus as a new Longhorn. We will have a variety of sessions on topics including transportation, housing, academics and student jobs.


Welcome Events

Get to know Austin, UT Austin campus and your new class mates in during our Welcome Events. All events will take place during two weeks prior to the start of classes, with specific events and dates to be announced soon.