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Message from Senior Vice Provost for Global Engagement on F-1 Immigration Directive

  • Jul 7, 2020

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a message on July 6, 2020 that impacts all international students at UT Austin and across the nation. As a leading global university, we take pride in valuing and embracing the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community and we are committed to serving and supporting our international students, faculty, and staff.

The university Fall 2020 scenario for instruction includes face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes. With this combination of course options and barring changes to this plan due to the COVID pandemic, we are hopeful that you will be able to maintain your F-1 status. The International and Student Scholar Services team will be in direct communication to ensure compliance of the new policy. Additionally, Texas Global International Student and Scholar Services will continue to update our Stay Informed page as we receive new information. Please reach out to us with questions or concerns at We understand how unsettling this situation is for you and we remain resolute in helping you achieve your academic goals.

We have scheduled the following sessions to provide reliable information, address your concerns, and answer your questions:

The presence and contributions of UT students from over 140 countries and every U.S. state, the transnational collaborative research and creative activities, and the 530,000 Longhorns living in 176 countries are a testament to our motto What Starts Here Changes the World. We are here for our international students and we will support you in every way we can.


Sonia Feigenbaum, Ph.D.
Senior Vice Provost for Global Engagement/

Chief International Officer