University of Texas at Austin

Austin, Texas
United States of America

Language of instruction

English

The University of Texas at Austin is among the biggest and best research universities in the US and is ranked within the Top 50 universities worldwide.

Fun fact: Big Bertha, the largest bass drum in the world, is brought out at UT sporting events to help celebrate the “Longhorn” spirit. Hook ‘em Horns!

The city of Austin, with a population of about 1.8 million, is a relaxed and cosmopolitan setting. Students often take part in recreational activities made possible by the temperate climate and Austin’s location in the Hill Country of central Texas.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester January–May
Semester 2 Fall Semester August–December

View UT's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

12 credits at UT is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at UT.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the UT course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Aerospace engineering
Biomedical engineering
Chemical engineering
Civil and structural engineering
Geotechnical engineering
Mechanical engineering
Exercise science
Nutrition science
Anthropology
Art history
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
Drama
English
English literature
Film, TV and media
History and ancient history
International relations
Music
Philosophy
Political science
Religion
Sociology
Writing
French
Spanish
Psychology
Biological sciences
Chemistry and biochemistry
Mathematics and statistics
Physics
Regional and town planning
Postgraduate

Course restrictions

Students applying for classes within the College of Fine Arts (including music, art/art history, theatre and dance) must submit additional application documents and are subject to School/Faculty approval. 

Exchange students cannot take courses from the following schools:

  • Dell Medical School
  • McCombs School of Business
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Law

Multiple disciplines have restrictions on the number of courses available per semester:

  • Students may be limited to 2 Computer or Electrical Engineering courses per semester
  • Students can take a maximum of 2 Economics courses per semester
  • Students can take a maximum of 3 Journalism courses per semester
  • Students can take a maximum of 2 Computer Science courses per semester

The University of Texas provides a complete list of program and application restrictions.

Postgraduate studies are not available to exchange students.

Additional academic information

Course numbering at U.Texas at Austin:

Each course in the field is identified by a number made up of three digits or three digits and a letter. The last two digits indicate the rank of the course:

  • 01-19: Undergraduate lower-division course
  • 20-79: Undergraduate upper-division course
  • 80-99: Postgraduate course

You may need to get a 'guest eid' (a ID and password) to be able to access course descriptions.  You can create a guest eid on the UTA website. 

UT has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

Whether you prefer dorm-style living, a co-op or just an apartment, Austin has it all. Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. However, UT's International Office provides suggestions to help you in your search.

Cost of living

Living expenses for students in Austin can vary from USD $1,400 to $1,900 per month depending on individual lifestyle. UT has provided information on the financial requirements for living and studying in Austin.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All exchange students are required to purchase the UT health insurance. Students are automatically enrolled in the UT insurance plan and this requirement cannot be waived. The cost of the insurance will be charged to your student account. 

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

UT provides visa and immigration information for international students.

Contact the US Embassy and Consulates for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.