International Student Requirements

Including Texas residents for tuition purposes who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident upon admission to UT Austin, you are classified as an international student. If you are a Texas resident for tuition purposes, but are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, you are still classified as an international student.

Incoming international students should sign up for an orientation session via the registration system. In addition to orientation, international students are required to sign up for and attend an International Briefing and Check In (IBC) session with the International Office. You will not be able to register for classes until you have attended IBC.

Who Should Attend IBC

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident upon admission to UT Austin, you are classified as an international student and are required to attend IBC. If you are a Texas resident for tuition purposes, but are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, you are still classified as an international student.

You will see an international "I" bar on your Registration Information Sheet if you are classified as an international student. If you have an "I" bar, you will not be able to register for classes until you have attended IBC.

When to Attend IBC

You will attend IBC during your orientation session. View the orientation schedules for freshman students or transfer students to see when IBC will take place during your session.

How to Sign Up for IBC

Even though you will attend IBC as part of orientation, you are still required to sign up for your IBC session online. For information on how to sign up for the correct IBC session, be sure to review the International Office's website. Keep in mind that if you are attending Freshman or Transfer Orientation, please make sure you are signing up for the IBC session that corresponds to your orientation session dates.

What to Bring to IBC

Once you sign up for IBC, you will receive a confirmation email with a list of documents you should bring and where the IBC session will take place. For any questions about these documents, please review the IBC requirements on the International Office website.

Immunization and Tuberculosis Requirements

You will not be able to register for classes until you have submitted documentation to University Health Services (UHS) that you have met certain medical clearance requirements:

  • Tuberculosis (TB) screening test
  • Proof of Meningococcal (bacterial meningitis) vaccine
  • Proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella

Visit the UHS website for complete details on the acceptable documentation and how to submit your documents.

It can take up to five days for University Health Services (UHS) to process your documentation and remove your medical bar. To avoid course registration delays, please make all attempts to complete these requirements before coming to orientation. You should submit your documentation to UHS before orientation, if possible, or early on the first day of your session.