UT Study Abroad OfficeWhere you learn can be as important as what you learn. That's why the University of Texas at Austin extends learning opportunities around the globe. The University offers reciprocal exchange programs with foreign universities, affiliated studies through organizations and institutions,undergraduate study abroad research programs and faculty-led programs. Find information, including information about available funding resources, at the site of the University's Study Abroad Office.
Plan II strongly encourages studying abroad for all students. There are dozens, if not hundreds of ways to study abroad, from programs closely affilited through UT (where students register as though attending UT classes on campus), to study abroad experiences offered through other US universities and both government and private companies to programs offered by a foreign institution. Some programs are quite general and student may earn elective credit or general credits, others are very specifically tailored to certain groups or fields of study (such as biology, engineering or business). Many are offered in English, more are offered in the country of study's language and others are for designed for language aquisition. Whatever best suits the individual planning to study abroad is the best program for that individual. There is no one size fits all when it comes to exploring the world. Information on programs.
Some Plan II Honors core curriculum requirements are particularly easy to work into a study abroad program: Humanities/Fine Arts: One course in one of these areas: art history, music history, or theater and dance history; and Non-U.S. History: Two courses in the same geographical area are required.
The first or second semester at UT Austin is the appropriate time to begin planning for study abroad, whether you're planning to travel during your second or third year of college.
- Students' first stop is the study abroad office (600 West 24th Street; Phone: (512) 471-6490; Fax: (512) 232-4363) DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
- Students should begin the process above at least one year in advance.
- Plan II has travel grants available to assist Plan II students, as does Study Abroad. It is particularly important to start planning early to research and apply for funding.
- Study Abroad is the FIRST CONTACT, then Plan II Honors majors should clearly communicate their study abroad plans to a Plan II professional adviser at a registration or other advising session.
UT Study Abroad Information Session
Study Abroad information sessions are a great way to get an idea about the process, the different programs available, the cost of study abroad and a detailed demonstration of the study abroad search engine. The study abroad web site’s search engine allows students to search for programs based on semester, region, and course of study. These sessions lasts approximately one hour and include information on programs, credit and grades, financial aid and scholarships, office resources, advising, and the study abroad application process.
UT Study Abroad Advising
After attending an information session and researching the Study Abroad programs, students should attend Study Abroad open advising hours to meet with the appropriate country adviser. for help selecting a program. Abroad Advisers’ open advising times are listed on the the Study Abroad CONTACTS web page. Students do not need an appointment. Students should begin the process above at least one year in advance of travel. It is particularly important to start planning early so that you can research and apply for funding resources.
UT Restricted Regions List
The University of Texas System requires all travel to countries with U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings to be reviewed and approved by the University's International Oversight Committee (IOC). Students wanting to travel to restricted regions category 1-3 must complete a Student Request toTravel to Restricted Regions form. We strongly advise students to complete this form during the program application process. Waiting to complete the petition process could result in a student not receiving a travel clearance or denial in time for departure.
During the first session, a Study Abroad Adviser will discuss:
- Program in more detail
- Housing options
- Financial aid and scholarships
- Application process
- Other study abroad programs
- Courses offered on the program and what courses you want to take
- Academic and language requirements for the program
- Special needs
Plan II Honors Ligon-Lamsam International Study Fund:
Plan II Honors supports student study abroad with a number of travel grants. More importantly, thanks to a recent $1 million gift from the founder of CarMax, Austin Ligon (Plan II, '73), Plan II can help send more Plan II students abroad each year through 2011. This gift was given in 2007 to be used, over the next five years, exclusively to support Plan II students studying abroad.
Plan II Honors Rowe Koehl Travel Award
Thanks to a generous gift from Judy (Plan II, '63) and Mike Koehl, Plan II is able to offer the annual Rowe Koehl Travel Award. This award is intended to help fund one student's self-guided exploration abroad. To apply, write a one page proposal of your travel plans that includes where you plan to go, why you plan to go there, and what you hope to learn. For example, do you have a burning curiosity about a distant land? Are there specific questions you would like to answer about a foreign culture? If so, tell us about them. In most cases, the awardee will not be traveling abroad for academic credit, but rather to explore their world.
Winners of the Rowe Koehl Travel Award are required to submit a short report of their experience to the donors, with a copy to Plan II, after travel is complete. The Rowe Koehl Travel Award is $2000. Travel occurs during the summer semester.
Plan II in Rome, 2008 and 2009
The Plan II Honors Program is pleased to announce the continuation of the new UT Affiliated Study Abroad Program at the American Institute for Roman Culture in Rome, Italy in the Summer of 2009. The program is restricted to Plan II students with the selected group of 15 participants studying in Rome for four weeks in June.
Plan II Students Shyam Sivasankar (third from left above) and David Liu (sixth from left above)
blog while on the Plan II in Rome study abroad adventure, June 2009:
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