Important Dates for Exchange Students


To comply with immigration requirements, you’ll need to attend the Exchange Student International Briefing and Check-In (IBC) once you arrive in Austin. You will not be able to register for classes until you have attended IBC.

Register for IBC


In addition, we have an orientation for all new international students that provides valuable information about UT and the Austin area. We provide many social events that allow students to explore UT, Austin and Texas.

Our Orientation page has a comprehensive list of all Orientation and Welcome Week Events social events. Ongoing social events and excursions around Texas can be found on the Programs & Events page.

Fall 2019

  • March 1 - Applications for fall 2019 exchange students due.
  • Aug. 15 - This is the start date that will be listed on your DS-2019. You may enter the United States up to 30 days prior to this date. Students should visit the Immunization Clinic for newly arriving students at the University Health Center as soon as possible after arrival to remove the medical clearance bar.
  • Aug. 16 - International Student Orientation.
  • To Be Determined - Exchange Student International Briefing & Check-In (IBC). Attendance at one of these session is required of all exchange students. Business exchange students will attend a separate session.
  • To Be Determined - Exchange Student Reception. Snacks and a chance to meet fellow exchange students.
  • Aug. 23 - Registration Begins. Check your Registration Information Sheet (RIS) for your specific access period. Please note that you will be able to register only if you have cleared your bars, including Exchange IBC, by this date.
  • Aug. 27 - Payment Deadline. While reciprocal exchange students pay tuition at their home universities, there will be a health insurance fee and an international student fee on the tuition and fee bill page. Even if no fees appear on your fee bill, you must confirm your enrollment or “zero fee bill” to finalize registration. If payment arrangements or confirmation of your zero fee bill are not made by 5 p.m. on this date, your course registration will be dropped.
  • Aug. 28 - Fall Classes Begin.
  • To Be Determined - Exchange Volunteer Project. Here is a chance to give back to the local community. We will be distributing food to the needy at a nearby food pantry. A link to sign up will be sent by email.
  • Sept. 11 - Education Abroad Fair, 10 am to 3 pm Gregory Plaza. UT students will be looking for study abroad programs. Volunteer to answer questions about your home country and university.
  • Dec. 21 - For students whose last semester is fall 2019, this date will be listed as the end date on your DS-2019. You may stay in the United States in J-1 status up to 30 days beyond this date. The end date cannot be extended for travel purposes. If you depart the U.S. after this date you may not reenter in J-1 status.
  • Mid-Feb. - Unofficial grade reports sent to home universities. Students requiring an official transcript should order it directly from the Registrar.