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Last updated February, 2021

The University

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Founded in 1883, The University of Texas at Austin has become a major research university with a broad mission of undergraduate and graduate education, research, and public service. Ranked among the biggest and best research universities in the country, UT Austin is home to more than 51,000 students and 3,000 teaching faculty. Cultural entertainment, sports events, and extracurricular organizations enrich the experience of students beyond the classroom.

Austin, the capital of the state of Texas, has an internationally renowned music, film and art scene, a thriving economy, a glittering lake running through the center of the city, big blue skies, and the natural beauty of the surrounding Hill Country.

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Exchange Information

  • Undergraduate level exchange only.
  • Academic Year: August - May (Fall Term: August - December; Winter Term: January - May).
  • A full-time course load at UT is 12 credit hours of undergraduate courses (usually 4 courses).
  • Credit hours: the first digit of the course number indicates the credit value of the course in semester hours. Courses numbered 201 through 299 have a value of two semester hours; 301 through 399, a value of three semester hours. Generally, the last two digits indicate the rank of the course; if they are 01 through 19, the course is of lower-division rank; if 20 through 79, of upper-division rank; and if 80 through 99, of graduate rank.
  • Each 3-credit course at UT will involve approximately 90 hours of work outside of the classroom. 4 courses is 360 hours. 
  • You may be able to take up to two courses at McCombs School of Business (Provided you have a lot as to courses you can take on exchange).
  • Restricted courses include Computer Science, Music, Art and Art History and Theatre and Dance.
  • On-campus accommodation at UT is limited, and priority is given to first-year students. Exchange students primarily live in off-campus dormitories and coops adjacent to UT in a neighbourhood called West Campus. Some exchange students also live in private apartments throughout the city.

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Exchange experiences

You may also want to read McCombs School of Business Experiences.

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Further information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange, please contact an Exchange Adviser.