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University of Texas at Austin

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Please do not contact this university directly.
For all enquiries please contact the Exchange Office at
Last updated February, 2020

Academic information

Course information

Semester dates

  • Austin at nightAcademic Year: August - May
  • Fall Term: August - December
  • Winter Term: January - May
  • Academic Calendars

Course load and minimum unit requirements

A full-time course load at UT is 12 credit hours of undergraduate courses (usually 4 courses). 

You determine the credit hours by looking at the course number. 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; and so on. 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.

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Accommodation and the cost of living


On-campus accommodation at UT is very 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.

Housing information

Estimated cost of living

Texas 1.

Estimated cost of living in 2020-2021: USD $11,000 per semester (includes accommodation, meals, insurance, personal expenses, books/supplies)

Expenses and tips


Student Visa and insurance

Student Visa and insurance information

U.S. Department of State

Exchange experiences

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The University, city and region

The University

University of Texas at Austin. The University of Texas at Austin, founded in 1883, has become a major research university with a broad mission of undergraduate and graduate education, research, and public service. UT is home to over 48,000 students from all 50 states and over 100 countries, a full-time faculty of around 2,700, and 10,000 plus staff members. Cultural entertainment, sports events, and extracurricular organizations enrich the experience of students beyond the classroom.

The city of Austin and region

Austin, the capital of the state of Texas, is a beautiful city with hills, valleys and lakes running through the city. It is a popular vacation spot with 2 lakes within the city limits and 5 more lakes to the northwest of Austin. These lakes make up the Highland Lakes chain and are very popular for water activities such as boating, swimming, water skiing, etc. The mild winter climate attracts many visitors from the northern states in the winter.

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Further information

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