About the University
The University of Texas at Austin (also known as UT Austin or UT) is a public research university located in Austin, Texas. Located in Central Texas, Austin is Texas’s capital and fourth largest city with approximately 800,000 inhabitants. The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos metropolitan area, also called Greater Austin.
Founded in 1883, UT Austin is the flagship institution of The University of Texas System. It is one of the largest public research universities in the United States. The University of Texas at Austin was named one of the original eight Public Ivy institutions by Richard Moll in his 1985 book Public Ivies: A Guide to America’s best public undergraduate colleges and universities. The 350-acre campus houses 17 colleges and schools (see the list below) with around 100 undergraduate and 170 graduate degree programs, and has about 24,000 faculty and staff and more than 50,000 students. The university contains sixteen colleges & schools and two academic units, each listed with its founding date:
- Cockrell School of Engineering (1894)
- College of Communication (1965)
- College of Education (1905)
- College of Fine Arts (1938)
- College of Liberal Arts (1883)
- College of Natural Sciences (1883)
- College of Pharmacy
- Continuing Education (1909)
- Graduate Studies (1910)
- Jackson School of Geosciences (2005)
- LBJ School of Public Affairs (1970)
- McCombs School of Business (1922)
- School of Architecture (1951)
- School of Information (1948)
- School of Law (1883)
- School of Nursing (1976)
- School of Social Work (1950)
- School of Undergraduate Studies (2008)
Other facilities found on campus: Humanities and scientific research centers, observatory, presidential library and museum, performing arts center, museum of natural history, museum of art, student athletic centers. The university has claimed more titles in men’s and women’s sports than any other school in the Big 12 since the league was founded in 1996.
Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.
For this reason, enrollment in the UT Student Health Insurance Plan is automatic at the time of registration. This plan can not be waived for another option.
Austin has housing opportunities to suit everyone’s tastes. Whether you prefer dorm-style living, a co-op or just an apartment, Austin has it all. Students and scholars are responsible for making their own housing arrangements.
Living on campus: Living in on-campus UT dormitories, owned and operated by UT Division of Housing and Food Services, is available for international students. Priority is given to freshmen. Apply as early as possible (no later than May 1) as spaces are limited.
Off-campus housing: Housing Placement Services – Simply International, a local Austin housing placement company, is available to assist our international students and scholars who are seeking a place to live during their time at the university. The City of Austin is growing in leaps and bounds every day, and it can often be difficult to locate both short- and long-term housing, especially for those who aren’t familiar with Austin neighborhoods and pricing. Simply International is ready to help you with your housing and settling in needs including housing placement, set-up of utilities, and even airport pick-ups.
The average budget per month is: $1,600-$2,000
In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $8,000.00 per semester.