Enjoy seasonal treats such as pumpkin ice cream and grilled corn!
Fall is upon us! We at the International Office are looking forward to cool(er) weather, the return of Starbucks’ pumpkin spice lattes and our favorite–providing you with another Texas Excursion! On Saturday, October 17, we invite you (and your family!) to join us at Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls, Texas. Sweet Berry Farm has activities for all ages, including hayrides, mazes, horse rides, scarecrow stuffing, and much more. Enjoy seasonal treats such as pumpkin ice cream and grilled corn. It’s also a great place to pick out your Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin for Halloween!
Saturday, October 17
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
$35 (Includes bus fare & snacks)
Online registration for this trip has already begun – get your ticket now!
Sweet Berry Farm
UT Austin’s Alternative Breaks (AB) program sends small groups of college students to communities outside central Texas to engage in meaningful service during their academic year breaks. Our 5 Core Values are:
- Active Citizenship
The application is open and closes October 7, 2015.
All undergraduate students, regardless of major or concentration are encouraged to apply.
To learn more about our program and the locations we will visit this year, checkout our website.
Applications for the Spring 2016 General ISSS Financial Aid are now available! This financial need-based award (worth up to $2,500) is applied directly onto a student’s spring tuition bill. Please note that the award amount cannot exceed the tuition bill balance.
Students who have experienced a recent change in their financial status or who are not receiving a waiver for the nonresident portion of their tuition are especially encouraged to apply. Additionally, students who did not receive the General ISSS Financial Aid award in the fall are welcome to reapply for the Spring 2016 cycle.
Applications will be accepted until Friday, October 9 at 5 pm.
- You must be on a non-immigrant visa.
- You must not be eligible for in-state tuition based on your immigration status.
- You must have completed a full course of study for two academic semesters at UT Austin. Note: Concurrent enrollment at another school does not count toward full-time hours.
- Your GPA must be at least 2.0 (undergraduate student) or 3.0 (graduate student).
- You must demonstrate financial need.
- You must be attending classes at UT Austin during the spring semester.
Learn about additional financial aid assistance and scholarships offered by ISSS.
State Fair of Texas
It’s time for another Texas Excursion! On October 3rd, International Student and Scholar Services is headed to the one and only State Fair of Texas!
Held in the Fried Food Capital of Texas, the annual state fair in Dallas is not only packed with fried food, but shows, competitions, carnival rides, and the iconic 55-foot Big Tex! Join us for an opportunity to taste a variety of foods and a day full of fun!
Saturday, October 3rd
9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
$70 (Includes bus fare, snacks and admission to State Fair of Texas)
Online registration for this trip has already begun – get your ticket now!
We hope you will take part in this uniquely Texan experience!
Texas State Fair
Staff members in ISSS are excited to welcome 11 university administrators from Germany for a week-long Fulbright Seminar, Sept. 19 – 26. The seminar, sponsored by the German Fulbright Commission, is part of an ongoing cultural exchange and professional development program between Germany and the United States for student services administrators. ISSS is happy to continue its partnership with the Commission and looks forward to hosting another German Fulbright group in April.
While visiting UT Austin, the Germans will learn about higher education, career services, and alumni engagement in the United States and meet many professionals across the university. The goal of the seminar is to promote cultural exchange and increase knowledge of U.S. higher education, provide key insights into best practices related to the design and coordination of career service centers, and to present strategies used to approach fundraising and alumni engagement. The Germans also can be sure they won’t leave Texas without a taste of some good BBQ!
Join us for the free fun Healthy Horns Fest!
Join University Health Services and other campus health-related organizations at Healthyhorns Fest 2015!
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM @ Gregory Plaza
- Experience biofeedback and guided meditation
- Smile for the world to see at the UHS Photo Booth (props, slogans, and more!)
- Get a free chair massage
- Wash away your stress
- See if your backpack is causing you pain
- Check your blood pressure
- Pick up lots of freebies
- And much, much more
In case of rain, Healthyhorns Fest will be in Gregory Gym concourses. (RecSports Facility on Speedway)
Students from the Shanghai University of Sport
Summer 2015 marked the launch of the International Office’s U.S Sports and Culture Immersion Program (SCIP). Thirty students and two chaperones from the Shanghai University of Sport called UT home for four weeks from mid-July into August. The program centered around an interactive classroom experience taught by faculty from the Department of Curriculum & Instruction’s Physical Education Teacher Education program.
SCIP also featured a series of panels with staff from University Athletics, RecSports, the Texas Program in Sports & Media, and The H. J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sport. Participants toured nearly every sporting venue in UT and Austin, including Darell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Cooley Pavilion & Frank Erwin Center (led by legendary former women’s basketball coach, Jody Conradt!), UFCU Disch-Falk Field and a mild yet wild morning at the Circuit of the Americas.
Participants toured nearly every sporting venue in Austin
Participants chanted ‘Texas Fight’ & ‘The Eyes of Texas’ with our very own UT Spirit Squad and went head-to-head with athletes with disabilities in a wheelchair rugby scrimmage. They embarked on a kayaking and standup paddleboard adventure around Ladybird Lake and took in an evening of teeing off at Topgolf Austin.
And of course no trip to Texas would be complete without a little education on local culture and history, so the group trekked to the Texas State Capitol and Bullock State History Museum. The program concluded with a sunset riverboat dinner cruise up and down Lake Austin.
We’re eager to welcome our next cohort in 2016!
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IYLEP students celebrated the completion of their program on a Lake Austin dinner cruise
Iraqi students left their mark in Austin this summer in the form of a mural and the many relationships they formed with community members and UT students and staff. Participating in a 4-week institute hosted by the UT International Office, 25 students in the Iraqi Young Leader Exchange Program (IYLEP) learned about law, civil liberties, and social justice in the United States, as well as leadership and the American spirit of volunteerism.
They studied creative activism with local muralist Raul Valdez and created a painting which reflected their hopes and dreams for unity, education, and peace for Iraq and the world. The painting was donated to the AISD Allan Center for Early Childhood and STEM Development, a partner of the program.
Follow the blog for stories from IYLEP participants as they pursue the goals they set in Austin now they have returned home to Iraq.
IYLEP students exploring campus on their first day at UT