Passport to UT

Passport to UT 2020 canceled. This year’s Passport to UT programming is canceled. If conditions permit, we plan to re-launch in 2021. Contact intercultural@austin.utexas.edu with any questions.

Passport to UT is an optional, fun, and informative week-long orientation exclusively for international students. Settle into life in Austin and get the most out of your time on campus by connecting with staff and students who can help you before and during your time at UT. Learn your way around, find resources for academic success, and absorb the culture. We’ll help you find your Longhorn pride and make UT your home.

Why Attend?

  • Small cohort size provides a personalized, intimate introduction to life at UT
  • In-depth sessions introduce you to important campus resources, U.S. culture, & university traditions
  • Assistance navigating the city and campus
  • Student development & team-building workshops 
  • Excursions & activities highlighting Austin & Texas culture
  • Dedicated Texas Global coordinators who will serve as your guide for the duration of the program

What kind of activities and instruction are included? 

See below for a selection of day-trips and information sessions from our program calendar:

Silver Spur Guest Ranch
Venture west of Austin into the beautiful Texas hill country to enjoy a day in the historic ranch.  Hiking, swimming, and horse-back riding are all on the agenda. Tour the ranch during a hay-ride, see the iconic Longhorns, and finish off the evening roasting marshmallows around the campfire.

Introduction to U.S. Government
It's 2020-an election year! That means the entire campus and country will be sprouting red, white, & blue campaign signs. YouTube is taken over by campaign ads and your fellow U.S. classmates will be overcome with agonizing political choices. Find out what all the fuss is about in this session where we learn about some of the underlying systems and philosophies that make the U.S. federal and local governments work the way that they do.

Assistance with logistics
Texas Global staff will make sure you have practical matters under control such as getting your ID card, cell phone, and bank account set up. Portions of the schedule will be blocked off so you can work towards removing any registration bars before it's time to sign up for your classes. Use this time to meet with your academic advisors, submit immunization documents to University Health Services, and complete your International Briefing and Check-in (IBC) before the bulk of new students arrive on campus. For those who haven't found permanent housing before they arrive, there are optional information sessions with Simply International & College Houses (local housing Co-Op group).

U.S. College Traditions & Athletics
College sports are a big deal in the U.S. and especially in Texas (haven’t you heard everything is bigger in Texas?). Texas students and alumni are loyal Longhorns during and long after college. Learn more about college athletics programs during a tour of stadium facilities. Plus, be introduced to fitness and intramural sports opportunities with RecSports.

Intro to Teaching & Pedagogy (Graduate Student Track)
Graduate students often rely on Teaching Assistant positions to help them afford the price of higher degrees while gaining invaluable teaching experience. With this in mind, grad. students participating in Passport to UT will have the opportunity to engage in a break-out session with the Department of Graduate Student Development. Department faculty will introduce you to teaching practices and pedagogy to help you prepare for a successful semester of teaching.

"Ask Us Anything" Student Breakfast (Undergraduate Student Track)
Connect with returning domestic and international undergraduate students over a group breakfast. This is a great chance to start making connections and learning from those with firsthand experience of what it's like to be a Longhorn.

In case of unexpected conflicts in speakers’ schedules, the program calendar is subject to substitution of lecturers.

 

Register for Fall 2020

Receive a customized orientation to Austin and UT while making valuable connections with fellow international students. Registration opens April 1, 2020. Register before July 6, 2020 to secure your place.

Apply 

August 7 - 13, 2020

Housing Check-In: Thursday, August 6

Program Start: Friday, August 7

Program End: Thursday, August 13 (International Student Orientation begins on Friday, August 14)

Housing Check-Out: Monday morning, August 17

*Please consider any overlapping dates for required orientation programs such as: English Language Center, the LBJ School or McCombs School of Business

Program Fee: $1,350
Program Fee: $950* without housing

 

Program Fee includes:

  • Transportation from airport upon arrival
  • On-campus housing for eleven nights* (excluded in the $950 rate)
  • Meals for the program duration (combination of residence hall meal plan and catered group dinners)
  • Admission to cultural activities and program components including a day-trip to a Texas Dude Ranch
  • Dedicated Texas Global staff for the duration of the program
  • Texas Global swag!

Passport to UT is an optional orientation specifically for international students interested in a personalized introduction to UT. This program is offered in addition to the orientation provided for all international students by Texas Global, which is free of charge.

As a student, you will experience all four seasons in Austin, from very hot to cold. Here’s an idea of what you might like to pack, depending on your lifestyle. Check out an overview of the annual weather in Austin.

Clothes:

  • Casual clothes
  • Business or dressy clothes
  • Light-weight and heavy coat
  • Hat or cap
  • Swim suit
  • Towel
  • Athletic clothes
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sandals
  • Dress shoes

Toiletries:

  • Toiletry bag
  • Toothpaste & toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Make-up, moisturizers, & hair products
  • Sunscreen
  • Aspirin/prescription medicines in clearly labeled containers
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Card listing allergies & medical conditions
  • Prescription glasses/Contacts & contact solution

Miscellaneous:

  • Cash for incidentals until you set up a bank account
  • Backpack
  • Writing materials & utensils
  • Sunglasses
  • Power adapters and cords for electronics
  • Power adapters
  • Travel clock
  • Camera with extra storage (memory card)
  • Pictures of family & friends
    (This may reduce homesickness)

Travel documents to take with you:

  • Passport with required visa
  • Government Photo ID (i.e. passport)
  • Major international credit cards (i.e. American Express, VISA/MasterCard)
  • Telephone numbers, destinations & addresses in U.S. to be visited
  • Copy of your passport (photo and visa pages) & other travel documents
  • Admission letter and offer letter from UT department

Additional packing tips:

  • Label your suitcase inside and out with your name, home address, and a sticker, ribbon, patch, or other unique identifier to your luggage to make it easier to find.
  • Bring your travel documents and passport, along with copies of your passport and visa, in your carry-on luggage. Do not pack them in your checked bag!
  • Leave a copy of your travel documents at home with someone who can be contacted in case of an emergency while you are away.
  • Bring any extra medication you might need and carry prescriptions for any medications that you take with you.

Cultural preparations:

  • Fill out and return the Participant Pre-Arrival Survey you will receive from Texas Global
  • Follow Texas Global on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay informed
  • Join the UT International Student Facebook Group
  • Practice your English (speaking, reading, and writing)
  • Make a commitment to challenge yourself to meet new people and try new things before you leave home
  • Learn more about Austin and U.S. culture

Airport pick-up
Texas Global will arrange airport pick-up from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to the residence hall for Passport to UT participants. After registering for the program, participants will receive information on how to submit their arrival information to UT.

Housing
Participants will be housed for eleven nights during the Passport to UT program and through ISSS International Student Orientation & Welcome Weekend (8/14-8/17). If you need to extend your stay after the program, contact Simply International.

Linens and basic kitchen items will be provided to participants so they do not have go shopping immediately upon arrival.

Finding Permanent Housing in Austin
Check out Texas Global's advice on finding housing in Austin here. As part of the Passport to UT program, time is set aside to meet with representatives from Simply International and College Houses (Co-Op system).

Passport to UT is organized by the ISSS Customized and Intercultural Programs Team. For more information, please contact us:

Texas Global
2400 Nueces St., Unit B
Austin, TX 78705

Phone: 512-471-2477

Email: intercultural@austin.utexas.edu