Participate in Online Survey of International Student Experience

shalini“So, here you are, too foreign for home, too foreign for here, never enough for both.”

Having moved from a small city in the North-Eastern region of India to the University of Texas for my undergraduate education, I’ve often related to this saying. Moving to a new country has made me more independent and pushed me to dream bigger. I am now a graduating senior, and through my time here, UT has been a microcosm of the real world to me. Yet, I am acutely aware that my experiences as an international student are different from experiences of American students.

I have often wondered about how being in a new country has influenced my life. My friends from a variety of countries talk about difficulties of living far away from their families and their struggles to do well in school. These personal experiences led me to want to explore international students’ experiences via a theoretical perspective as part of my psychology honors thesis. Through my study, I am hoping to understand how moving to a new culture influences one’s growth and shapes one’s life.

You are invited to participate in this two-part online study. The first part will be administered now (link below) and the second part will be emailed to you after a few months from now. The survey is short and will ask you questions relating to your experiences as an international student. After completion of the second part of the study, all participants will be entered into a drawing for a 50$ Amazon gift card. By participating in this study, you will be contributing to our efforts toward gaining insight into how to improve the undergraduate student experience for international students.

I will value and appreciate your contribution to my study.

Please click here if you would like to participate in the first part of this study.

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Employment Seminar for International Students & Scholars

International Student & Scholar Services invites you to an Employment Seminar!

Date: Wednesday February 22, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Peter O’Donnell Jr. Building (POB)
(Room 2.302 for F-1 Students; Room 2.402 for J-1 Students & Scholars)

The seminar will focus on employment options that are available to international students and scholars in F-1 and J-1 immigration status while in their programs. Additionally, it will cover post-graduation/completion employment options for international students and scholars.


6:00 – 6:50 pm: International Advisors from ISSS will present on F-1 and J-1 employment issues
7:00 – 8:30 pm: Maggie Murphy (Jackson Lewis LLP), an Austin-based Immigration Attorney will discuss issues such as work visa options after graduation, permanent residence, and other related topics.

We hope to see you there!

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Resource Tip: UHS Nurse Advice Line

Don’t get out of bed! When you’re sick or injured and need the University Health Services, you can just call the 24-hour UHS  Nurse Advice Line. It’s free to UT Students and UHS-subscribed UT scholars.

(512) 475-6877 (NURS)

Call for advice on how to care for an illness or injury at home or guidance about whether and when to see a healthcare provider.  This is a great number to save in your phone. The UHS Nurse Advice Line is staffed by a registered nurse 24 hours a day, every day of the year!

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Optional Practical Training: gain practical experience in your field!

If you are in F-1 status and will be graduating this Spring 2017 semester and wanting to work in the U.S. after graduation, then you should be thinking about applying for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).  OPT is a temporary work authorization and benefit for F-1 students that allow them to work in their field of study.

Students wanting to apply for Post Completion OPT must attend the OPT workshop before they can apply for this at ISSS.  Students can apply up to 90 days before their official graduation date of the semester through the 60 days following graduation. Students should also plan on applying as early as possible if wanting to work directly after graduation to allow enough processing time which can take up to 90 days or more. The first day a student can apply for Post Completion OPT based on Spring 2017 graduation date is February 20, 2017.

If this is something that you are interested in, we encourage you to apply early. Be sure to sign-up for the OPT Workshop to learn more about OPT.  If you are ready to apply, then we request you schedule an OPT Processing Day appointment to get your OPT recommendation from ISSS.

More information about OPT can also be found on our ISSS website.

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Texas Excursion: Dude Ranch Experience

111Have you ever wanted to have a ranch experience that is straight out of a Western film? Here’s your chance!  Join us at Silver Spur Guest Ranch for horseback riding, hiking, hay rides and more!

Fun activities planned for your full day excursion include:

  • Horse-back riding
  • Learning how to lasso
  • Feeding longhorn cattle
  • Hay wagon ride
  • Campfire
  • S’mores

When? March 4th, 7:30 AM
Cost: $155

Lunch and Dinner are included in the trip price! Mark your calendars now for this exciting, truly Texan, experience!

Purchase your seat through the International Office website.  Please email any questions to

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Spring 2017 ITIN Drives

The International Office is holding three separate ITIN drives to adequately prepare international students and scholars for the rapidly approaching 2017 tax season.


ITIN, or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, is a taxpayer ID number for international students who are ineligible for a Social Security Number and who do not currently have an employment offer.

ITINs are necessary in order to file a tax return, which is required for those students with scholarships, fellowships, and stipends. Additionally, an ITIN is required for students to receive scholarships, fellowships, and stipends in their second year at UT if they do not have an SSN. ITIN processing generally takes about a month, so it is important to have your ITIN well before the tax filing deadline of April 15!

The international office will be holding three ITIN drives during the Spring 2017 semester:

  • January 25, 2017
  • February 8, 2017
  • February 22, 2017

Time: 2 – 5 pm
Location: International Office

Please note appointments are required and can be made online. Any questions can be directed to

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Employment opportunity at Dell School of Medicine

The Dell School of Medicine at UT Austin is seeking native or fluent bi-lingual speakers of Eastern European, African, Middle Eastern, or Far Eastern languages to role-play patient encounters with medical students.  We are currently planning an activity for February 13–15 from 12:45 to 6:30 each day and seeking individuals to play the roles of patients and interpreters.  During the role-play, the person playing the patient will need to speak only their native language while the person playing the interpreter will be speaking both English and the native language.

Dell Medical School will provide training to provide background information for the activity.  This is a paid activity that is considered on-campus employment. On-campus employment for F-1 and J-1 students is limited to 20 hours/week.

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An InnerView – Full-time job position, Part-time Inner view?

This post is a part of our International Voices column, written by international UT students & staff, for UT students & staff.

My life on paper, white lies in black,

Pulling requests, glass doors pushed back.


I’m suited best, branded personality bought

My inner voice a language skill not sought.


Bold marked words for all you’ve wished,

I’m 22 years on a project unfinished.


A treevial question from your paper stack,

My book tells me when not to crack.


For an unsolved problem, a daily wage,

A space to fill in a brilliant package.


My fingers dance, as you set the pace.

A rolling mouse, for rats to race.


My train of thought, now blowing steam.

Am I hours late to my California dream?


The penitent pass, complexity’s low,

I get called upon for more to know.


Inner voice drowned by crowdsourced noise,

I clear my throat, my best phoney voice.


I know I am bound by what you pledge,

I’m starting to bleed on your cutting edge.


I for one, to grow with your pace,

Should I let you in to disrupt my space?


I’m all buzzwords, conversation forlorn.

Should I have to pay for being a unicorn?


A seat on a bench, dreams keep wait,

As I go back on my words, same template.


I ask you twice if it’s the same you mean,

Do you see my reflection in our shared screen?


An assigned team, my skills comply.

You still ask me where my weaknesses lie.


And in all those connections I wish to share,

I ask for a base I’d like to compare.


You’re open to questions, and I know I’ve fired

“Is this where my dreams get hired? “

Neha Javalagi International Voices Blogger

Neha Javalagi International Voices Blogger

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Summer Conference & Desk Assistants


Summer Conference and Desk Assistants APPLY NOW.

Applications OPEN Friday, February 3 at noon and CLOSE Monday, February 13 at noon.

Contact information:

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Reminder: Check I-94 upon entry to the U.S.

If you traveled internationally over the winter break or anytime recently, please check your I-94 record to make sure that you were granted the correct status upon reentry into the U.S.  You should do this every time you enter the U.S. in order to check that you are granted the correct immigration status. This is important as you will need a copy of your most recent I-94 to apply for a social security number, to apply for a Texas State ID or Driver’s License, or to obtain any immigration services at ISSS.

electronic i-94


You can always look up your electronic I-94 electronic record by visiting the U.S. Custom’s and Border Protection website. Please make sure that the following information is correct on your electronic I-94:

  • The correct admitted until notation (D/S for “Duration of Status” for F-1/ J-1 students only)
  • Name as it appears on your passport
  • Birth date
  • Passport Number
  • Passport Country of Issuance
  • The correct most recent date of entry (A short trip to Canada, Mexico, or certain Caribbean islands may not be recorded. If you take a short trip to these areas, you may find your previous entry date still recorded on your I-94 which is normal and not a cause for concern.)
  • Your correct visa status

paper i-94

If you entered the U.S. by car or ship, then you would have received a paper I-94 in place of the electronic, online I-94.  It is important when getting the paper I-94 that you also confirm:

  • Your correct visa status
  • The correct admitted until notation (D/S for “Duration of Status” for F-1/ J-1 students only)
  • Your name appears as it is on your passport
  • Birth date
  • Country of Citizenship as listed on  your passport

If you find any incorrect information on your I-94 (electronic or paper) or you cannot locate your electronic I-94 record online, please contact ISSS for assistance.

Please Note: If there is an error on your I-94 record, this could affect your status and any related benefits. For example, if you are an F-1 student with expiration of D/S but your I-94 record doesn’t show this, then you would not be eligible to apply for OPT until the I-94 record is corrected.

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