Dependent and Dental Insurance Deadline

If you are on the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), then please read on! This information does not apply to students currently covered under the UT Select employee health insurance.

  • All current students on SHIP are eligible to add dependents (spouse/children) to their plan. If you would like to add dependents to your plan, please complete the Dependent Enrollment form and upload using our secure uploader.
  • All current students on SHIP are also eligible to add dental coverage to their plan. If you would like to add dental coverage to your plan, please complete the Dental Enrollment form and upload using our secure uploader.


IS OCTOBER 1, 2017! 

A gentle reminder! Dependent (spouse/children) and dental insurance enrollments must be renewed each semester (fall, spring, and summer).

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Exchange Student Volunteer Service Project


New exchange students are already getting involved at UT and in the community. This fall we have over 400 new exchange students attending UT from our partner universities around the world. Exchange students study at UT for 1 or 2 semesters before returning to their home universities.

Last week exchange students volunteered to help distribute food to the homeless and hungry at Micah 6 Food Pantry. Exchange students also volunteered on campus at the Study Abroad Fair, promoting exchange programs by sharing information with other UT students about their home countries and home universities.

Exchange students also met up for the first monthly coffee hour. The Exchange Student Coffee Hours are a great way for exchange students to meet up and compare experiences during their stay at UT. The International Office will host a few more Exchange Student Coffee hours on October 18, November 15 and December 13.  All exchange students are welcome to attend and coffee is provided by the International Office.

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You’re Invited!

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) and the Counseling & Mental Health Center (CMHC) invite you to join us for our fall semester lunch seminars.

Who?  YOU and your fellow international students

When?  October 6 – Topic: Adjusting to U.S. Culture

                               November 3 – Topic: Managing Stress & Staying Healthy

                                            December 1 – Topic: Homesickness/Preparing for the Holidays

Where?  Student Services Building (SSB) – Glenn Maloney Room (SSB – G1.310)

Why?  Enjoy the provided LUNCH, meet new people, and connect with some of the resources on campus to help manage times of transition and stress.


Note: The date for the lunch seminar will be updated after each seminar takes place. For example, after the October 6 seminar, the RSVP will be updated for the November 3 seminar.

Looking forward to welcoming you to the fall lunch seminars and building a healthier community together. Please contact with any questions.

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Fall 2017 Employment Seminar – September 26th, 2017

The ISSS Advising Team will be hosting FREE information sessions on post- graduation/completion employment options, work visa types, and permanent residency for the University’s international student and scholar population.  The sessions will be held in the Peter O’Donnell Jr. building (POB) on the corner of 24th St. and Speedway.

6:00 PM: F-1 Student Session (Avaya Auditorium /POB 2.302)

6:00 PM: J-1 Student/Scholar Session (Avaya Auditorium/POB 2.402)

7:00 PM: Immigration Attorney Presentation  (Avaya Auditorium/POB 2.302)

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Optional Practical Training (OPT) for Fall 2017

Are you an F-1 student who will graduate in fall 2017? Do you want to work in the U.S. after graduation? If you answered yes to both questions, then you want to apply for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT is work authorization for F-1 students that allows you to work in your field of study.

You must attend an OPT workshop (presented at the International Office) before you can apply for Post-Completion OPT. Additionally, the earliest you can apply is 90 days prior to the official graduation date of the semester (September 25 for fall graduates). Applying for OPT early is recommended because USCIS can take around 3 months to approve your application.

If this is something that you are interested in, we encourage you to apply. Sign-up for an OPT workshop now to begin the process.

More information is available online about OPT.

*Note – OPT used prior to graduation is called Pre-Completion OPT. Attendance at an OPT workshop is not required for Pre-Completion OPT.*

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ACIP 2017: Yangtze U to return to UT!

September 16th marks the return of the International Office’s U.S Academic and Culture Immersion Program (ACIP). Fourteen students from Yangtze University will spend three weeks at UT in this intensive program centered around five main components: American culture & intercultural communication, exploratory academic content, leadership workshops, community service, and civic & cultural activities

2016 participants touring Hope Outdoor Gallery

2016 participants touring Hope Outdoor Gallery

The IO’s ESL Services will introduce students to American culture and enhance their English language skills via an intercultural communications course. The College of Liberal Arts’ Global Initiative for Leadership & Education has arranged three academic mini-courses focusing on liberal arts & business.

Participants will engage in leadership & team development through a series of workshops led by UT’s own Leadership & Ethics Institute. The groups will served the Austin community through volunteer efforts at the Central Texas Food Bank and Shoal Creek Conservancy.

Last year’s group helping out Shoal Creek Conservancy on National Public Lands Day

Last year’s group helping out Shoal Creek Conservancy on National Public Lands Day

And of course no trip to Texas would be complete without a little education on local culture and history, so the group will trek to the LBJ Presidential Library & Museum, Texas State Capitol, and the UT Tower. Finally, ACIP 2017 will wrap up with a certificate ceremony at The Carillon here on campus, followed by a trip to the eastern seaboard led by the students’ sponsor, Wuhan Severn Institute.

We’re looking forward to an intense but fun-filled three weeks with this Yangtze University crew!

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UWC Graduate Services Open House

UWC Graduate Services Open House

Friday, September 8

2:00-5:00 pm (hourly sessions begin at 2:00, 3:00, 4:00)

PCL Learning Lab 2 (PCL 2.340)

The University Writing Center (UWC) provides free writing support for all UT graduate students. We offer individual consultations, writing groups, retreats, presentations, and more! Please join us for an Open House to meet our consultants, tour our space, and learn how the UWC can support and empower you as a writer. All graduate students and faculty are welcome. Hourly sessions begin at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 in PCL 2.340.

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PAYLP 2017: Young African Leaders off to Change the World!

Cohorts 2 & 3 of the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP) may be complete, but they’re just getting started!  PAYLP is a dynamic youth leadership program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State that brings together high school students from across Africa to the United States, where they focus on cultural exchange and social entrepreneurship training. Working in partnership with the Meridian International Center, ISSS’ Customized & Intercultural Programs team coordinated programming for each cohort during their three week stay in the U.S. Cohort 2, comprised of 21 students and two mentors from Burundi, Liberia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Senegal, & Sudan took place July 12-29, and Cohort 3, comprised of 24 students and one mentor from Chad, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Guinea ran from August 16-Sept 2.

Cohort 3 is all smiles and horns on their first day at UT! Hook ‘em!

Cohort 3 is all smiles and horns on their first day at UT! Hook ‘em!

Students were welcomed to the United States with a four day opening conference in Washington, D.C., where they were introduced to American customs & civics and learned the basics of goal setting & project development. While in Austin, both cohorts worked with in-country teams to develop an action plan for a social enterprise to implement in their home communities. In the final days the program took students to Chicago for a closing conference where they presented their plans to local entrepreneurs and community organizers.

Cohort 2 participants and host families celebrating the conclusion of their program in Austin with a riverboat cruise on Lake Austin.

Cohort 2 participants and host families celebrating the conclusion of their program in Austin with a riverboat cruise on Lake Austin.

In addition to their entrepreneurial planning, other program highlights included visits to the Capital FactoryEast Austin College Prep School, and LifeWorks as well as a series of workshops on leadership development & team-building skills led by faculty from the LBJ School of Public Affairs & staff from the Georgetown Challenge Course. Students were also placed in homestays with Austin-area families, where they experienced local customs and cultural events in a familial setting.

We’re mighty proud of what our cohorts brilliantly accomplished during their short time in the U.S. and are eagerly awaiting the the implementation of their projects in the coming years. Best of luck to our young leaders! We know they’re off to do great things!

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Reminder: Fall Insurance Waiver Deadline

The fall Insurance Waiver deadline is coming up! All insurance waivers for the fall semester are due September 14, 2017 by 5:00 pm.

What is an Insurance Waiver?

If you are an international student currently in F or J visa status, then you are automatically enrolled in the UT Student Health Insurance Plan, and the cost of the plan is included on your tuition and fee bill. However, you may be able to waive enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan and have the fee removed from your tuition bill with an Insurance Waiver.

Am I eligible for an Insurance Waiver?

You are eligible to submit an Insurance Waiver if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are a graduate student with UT Select (employee insurance) through an academic assignment (TA/GRA/AI)
  • You have UT Select as a dependent (spouse or child) of a UT Employee
  • You are a graduate student with UT Select from a qualifying fellowship
  • You are a student who has insurance through a U.S. Employer
  • You are a student with insurance through the Healthcare Marketplace

If you are a student submitting an Insurance Waiver due to insurance through a U.S. Employer or coverage through the Healthcare Marketplace, check your plan eligibility with the following requirements checklist:

  • Your plan must be from a U.S. provider
  • Your plan must be compliant with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)
  • Your annual individual deductible cannot exceed $500 per person
  • Your coinsurance cannot exceed 25%

We cannot accept insurance policies from non-U.S. companies, travel, or short-term insurance. In addition, students on reciprocal exchange programs cannot submit an Insurance Waiver as the Student Health Insurance Plan is a requirement of the exchange program.

How do I submit an Insurance Waiver?

You can submit an Insurance Waiver application and supporting documentation online by following the instructions located at


Contact if you have any questions.

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Aspiring Software Engineers EASE into UT!

EASE Participants ready to take the world by the horns!

EASE Participants ready to take the world by the horns!

Summer 2017 marked the launch of the International Office’s English & Academics for Software Engineering (EASE) Program through a new partnership with the International Education Foundation. Twenty-one students from Nankai , Hunan & Northeastern Universities as well as the University of Electronic Science & Technology of China called Austin home August 6th to 26th. While here, participants learned about current trends in software engineering and developed software projects through an interactive classroom experience led by faculty from the Department of Computer Science; they also honed their technical and scientific English skills in oral & written communication courses provided by ESL Services.

Learning about the wonders of cloud storage at Dropbox Austin

Learning about the wonders of cloud storage at Dropbox Austin

During industry visits to Dropbox, Samgsung R&D & IBM Studios‘ Austin-area offices, EASE participants were able to connect with practitioners in the field–and of course no trip to Texas would be complete without lessons on local culture and history, so the group trekked to the Texas State Capitol, the Blanton Museum of Art, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library. They finished out their program with a sunset cruise on Ladybird Lake to witness Austin’s infamous bats take flight and enjoyed a delicious Texas-style BBQ at The County Line on the Lake.

We’re eager to welcome our next cohort in 2018!

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