Passport To UT

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 more personalized, intimate introduction to life at UT than larger departmental and UT-wide orientations
  • In-depth sessions on the academic environment, U.S. culture, university traditions, research resources, and student services
  • Private city and campus tours, including assistance navigating the Austin public transportation system
  • Student Leadership development 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.

Academic Integrity in the U.S. Classroom
Expectations of student performance vary from country to country, even professor to professor. Some professors may weigh participation in class more heavily, others are sticklers for formatting. One aspect of student performance that is highly valued at UT is “Academic Integrity”. Learn more about what academic integrity is and how it affects you when putting together reports and research papers in this session presented by Dr. Richard Reddick, award-winning Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership.

American Food Culture
The eyes may be the window to the soul, but everybody knows the way to the heart is through the stomach! What we eat is intertwined with our backgrounds and cultures. Gain insight to the food culture here in the U.S. and in Austin with Professor of American Studies and director of Foodways Texas, Dr. Marvin Bendele with this introduction.

U.S. College Traditions
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 athletic programs and Texas traditions during our tour of UFCU Disch-Falk Field where the Longhorn baseball team trains & plays.

Intro to Teaching & Pedagogy (Graduate Students Only)
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.

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

 

Apply for Fall 2019

Receive a customized orientation to Austin and UT while making valuable connections with fellow international students. Apply by July 15 to secure your place.

Apply 

August 8 - 17, 2018

Housing Check-In: August 8

Program Start: August 9

Program End: August 15 (International Student Orientation begins August 16)

Housing Check-Out: 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: $1,250
Program Fee: $830* (without housing)

 

Program Fee includes:

  • Transportation from airport upon arrival
  • On-campus housing for nine nights* (excluded in the $830 rate)
  • Meals for the program duration (combination of residence hall meal plan and catered group dinners)
  • Admission to cultural activities and program events including a day-trip to a Texas Dude Ranch and an excursion to San Antonio
  • Private city and campus tours
  • Closing boat cruise on Town Lake
  • Dedicated Texas Global staff for the duration of the program
  • University 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 nine nights during the Passport to UT program (August 8-16). 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.

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