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• Why study in the United States?
The United States hosts hundreds of thousands of international students each year. Students choose to study in the United States because of the variety of quality accredited colleges and universities. EducationUSA
provides information, resources, and advising for international students considering study in the United States. It's important that individuals find the right program for themselves, and EducationUSA can help with sthe search and guide interested parties through defining their priorities
for U.S. study.
EducationUSA centers are the U.S. State Department‘s network of hundreds of advising centers in 170 countries designed to assist local students find the appropriate college or university in the United States. Click on the EducationUSA logo to find your center!
• Why study at The University of Texas at Austin?
With a 350-acre main campus, 17 colleges and schools, about 24,000 faculty and staff, and more than 50,000 students, The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest and most respected universities in the nation. The university ranks 16th among public schools in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report survey of undergraduate programs. At the graduate level, 40 university programs and specialties rank in the top 10 nationally, and eighteen others rank in the top 25.
• What are the benefits of the International Student Summer Enhancement Program?
The International Student Summer Enhancement Program (ISSEP) is designed to prepare students to matriculate to universities in the United States for undergraduate or graduate study. Participants who complete the program will benefit from having received an academic credential from The University of Texas at Austin, which is recognized and respected across the United States and the world. Successful completion of coursework at UT Austin demonstrates a student's preparedness for degree programs in the U.S.
• Can UTGI offer conditional admission to The University of Texas at Austin?
No, UTGI does not have the authority to offer conditional admission. Admissions requirements for The University of Texas at Austin are determined by the Office of Admissions
, and/or by individual departments. Since UTGI cannot offer conditional admission, it is best to contact individual departments and programs with questions about their admissions policies.
• Do I need a student visa to attend the program? What type of visa will I be issued?
Yes, participants will need a J-1 student visa to attend the program. The UT International Office will provide the acceptance letters and form DS-2019 required for visas. Students should check with the U.S. Consulate in their home country regarding visa requirements before departing for the U.S.
• When are the programs? How long are they?
• What kind of UT courses can I take?
ISSEP participants may register for any undergraduate course offered by the College of Liberal Arts during enrollment. We require a courseload of two standard 3-hour courses each session.
The University course schedule for Summer 2015 has not yet been finalized, it will be made available in Spring 2015. The Summer 2014 schedule should be comparable (although not all courses offered in Summer 2014 will be available in Summer 2015).
A guest UT EID (an electronic account) is needed to access the schedule. Creating a guest UT EID is free, and the EID will be used throughout the UT application and enrollment process. Guest UTEID may be obtained here. The course catalog can be browsed here.
The following list of departments and fields of study in the College of Liberal Arts will help with browsing the course schedule:
(Note: Course numbers with f or s correspond to first or second session; n and w courses are not available to ISSEP participants.)
• Do you have English proficiency requirements? Do you offer ESL?
UTGI's International Student Summer Enhancement Program is open to students outside the United States who are currently enrolled in degree programs and meet The University of Texas English proficiency requirements
. UTGI is happy to work with parties interested in registering for ESL prior to the ISSEP start date at The University of Texas. Interested parties should contact UTGI to facilitate this process: firstname.lastname@example.org
• What kind of social activities are included in the program?
Participants will be treated to a welcome picnic at the outset of the program, as well as a farewell dinner and riverboat cruise at the end. Weekly intercultural activities may include outings such as bowling, karaoke, movies, or live music.
• Do you accomodate groups?
UTGI is happy to work with parties interested in registering groups. Please contact us so we can ensure that there are enough resources reserved for your session: email@example.com
• Where do I apply? Who can I contact if I have questions?
We encourage interested parties to complete our pre-registration form if they are interested in applying for the Summer 2015 program. We will be sure to follow up when Summer 2015 applications open: Pre-Registration form.
For questions, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org