Applying to UT Exchange Programs
We’re excited that you’re interested in studying at The University of Texas at Austin!
To be eligible to apply, your home university must have a reciprocal exchange agreement with UT. Your home institution’s exchange coordinator or study abroad office will need to nominate you as a candidate for exchange. After you have been nominated, you will need to complete the general application process.
Some departments may have restrictions, additional deadlines or extra requirements you must fulfill. Please review the details if you are interested in applying to one of the departments listed below.
Restricted Program Applications
Some programs at UT have specific application requirements, including earlier deadlines and mandatory supplemental materials. Descriptions of these requirements are listed below.
School of Architecture
The School of Architecture will accept a limited number of students from certain partner institutions. A portfolio is required for application. Please contact the UT Exchange Coordinator for a detailed description of application requirements.
The Computer Science program can only accommodate a limited number of exchange students. Students are welcome to apply to the program, but admission is not guaranteed and is subject to departmental review. Students accepted as Computer Science majors will be able to take no more than two Computer Science courses per semester. Students who are not admitted to the Computer Science major will not be allowed to enroll in Computer Science courses.
Dell Medical School
The Dell Medical School is currently closed to exchange students. UT is happy to accept medical students into other related undergraduate majors, such as Biology or Neurosciences.
Moody College of Communication
The University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication relies on the Academic Information Form and submitted transcripts to determine whether it can accommodate students’ interests. Be sure to complete all sections of the Academic Information Form carefully. An applicant's field of study and/or coursework (as displayed on a transcript from their home institution) should align with one or more of the majors offered in the College of Communication. Students who do not meet this criterion will be required to choose a major outside of the College of Communication in order to participate in the exchange. Students who are accepted as exchange students in the College of Communication may be required to obtain permission to enroll in certain advanced courses within their area of study.
Programs housed in the Moody College of Communication include:
- Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Communication Studies
- Public Relations
These programs often require significant prerequisite coursework.
Red McCombs School of Business Exchanges
The McCombs School of Business has separate exchange agreements with certain business schools abroad. MBA and BBA exchange programs follow their own nomination, admission and administrative procedures. If you are interested in participating in an exchange program with the Business School, follow the steps provided by the Business School and contact the Business School Exchange Coordinators with any questions:
Only Business Foundations classes from the Business School are open to general exchange students.
Other courses in the McCombs Business School are closed to students participating in the general exchange program. Students who wish to petition to enroll in an undergraduate level Business course outside of the Business Foundations courses must follow the required process upon arrival at UT. Approval cannot be given prior to arrival in Austin. Please note that a maximum of two courses are allowed per semester, and only on a space available basis. Exchange students registering for Business courses must meet prerequisite requirements listed for each course in the course schedule. Same or similar courses that have been completed must be listed on the transcript, a computer print-out, or Academic Information Form for McCombs School academic advisors to check during the academic advising period.
Exchange students in the general, UT-wide exchange may not take MBA courses.
Economics is a separate department in the UT College of Liberal Arts and not part of the McCombs School of Business. General exchange students at UT may attend UT as Economics majors.
Butler School of Music
In addition to completing the exchange application requirements, all prospective music majors are required to submit a second application directly to the Butler School. The Butler School of Music application will allow you to request an audition date or recorded audition, and upload letters of recommendation, pre-screening materials, portfolios, and resumes, as applicable to your program.
The Butler School of Music website provides detailed information about the process.
The Butler School of Music offers admission only to the fall semester. The music application is due December 1.
Cockrell School of Engineering
Cockrell School of Engineering relies on the Academic Information Form and submitted transcripts to determine whether they can accommodate students’ interests. Be sure to complete the Academic Information Form carefully. Students in Electrical and Computer Engineering may be limited to 2 courses in their major per semester due to availability.
Art and Art History
A portfolio and letters of recommendation are required to apply to Design, Studio Art, and Visual Art Studies. An essay and letters of recommendation are required to apply to Art History. Please contact the Exchange Advisor for a detailed description of application requirements.
Law School is a graduate program at UT. Undergraduate law courses are not offered. Courses in the School of Law are open only to students selected to participate in the School of Law exchange programs, established with specific law schools abroad.
Theatre and Dance
A resume and letters of recommendation are required to apply to majors in Theatre and Dance. Some areas also require an audition, portfolio or interview. Please contact the Exchange Coordinator for a detailed description of application requirements.
School of Information
The School of Information (iSchool) has some classes available at the undergraduate level, but there is no undergraduate major. Students who are interested in taking classes from the iSchool should apply to the UT exchange program with another major. The ability to participate in iSchool classes is subject to availability and students should plan to be flexible.
General Application Process
- Fall Semester (August - December): March 1
- Spring Semester (January - May): October 1
How to Apply
Create your UT electronic identification, UT EID. Be sure to indicate that you plan to apply as a student to The University of Texas at Austin. Failure to indicate your student status will prevent you from accessing the application form.
2. Apply Online:
You will need a pass-code to begin the application process. You will receive an email with the pass-code after your home university has nominated you to participate in the exchange program.
Make sure the name you provide on the online application matches the name listed in your passport exactly. This information will be used to issue your immigration document for your student visa.
Use only standard English characters when entering your information (no accent marks or special characters).
3. Awaiting Admission:
After submitting your application, wait to receive your official admission notification from UT Austin. You will be notified of this by email. Fall admission will begin on October 1; Spring admission will begin on March 1. You will be notified of your admission after these dates. Once the preferred application deadline has passed, students will be admitted on a rolling basis.
4. myIO Access:
Once you have received your admission notification, you will upload your application documents to the myIO portal. Access to myIO will become available on October 1 (for spring exchange participants) and March 1 (for fall exchange participants).
- Biographical Information Form:
Please complete the biographical form listing your name exactly as it appears in your passport. Our system cannot accept special characters. Your form will be returned to you if you use any accents, special characters, or diacritical marks. Upload a clear scan of the personal information page of your passport. We do not need a scan of the front or back of your passport booklet.
- Academic Information Form:
Complete this form by using previous course catalogs as a guide, selecting at least 10 courses from within your major field of study in which you wish to enroll. Official course catalogs for the upcoming semester will be available approximately 2 months prior to the start of the semester. Please note that not all courses are available every semester.
- Course registration will not occur until after you arrive on campus.
- Your submissions do not guarantee course enrollment.
- Courses should be listed in your Academic Information form listing the course code followed by the course name (examples below):
- HIS 309K Western Civilization in Medieval Times
- CH 456 Analytical Chemistry
- J 395 International Journalism
- Current Academic Transcript:
Must be an official transcript on transcript paper or stamped and signed by a university official.
- English Proficiency Form:
Exchange students are required to prove their English proficiency in one of the following ways:
- Upload TOEFL or IELTS test scores
- Or submit the name and email of someone at your home institution to verify your proficiency
- Financial Documents:
Proof of funding is required for students who plan to attend UT with a student visa. Exchange students must demonstrate to UT and to the United States consulate that you meet the following financial requirements:
|Length of Study||Proof of Funds
(For Estimated Living Expenses)
For details about the types of funding you may upload, please refer to the “Funding Support Documentation Guidelines” section on the Financial Information for New Students page.
- Supplemental Documents:
Supplemental documents are required for certain restricted majors, such as a portfolio for architecture or art majors. Please contact the Exchange Advisor for more details.