Intercultural Programs

International Student Conference


Making American Friends

Building relationships with Americans can be difficult because of the differences in communication styles and definitions of friendship. Learn about appropriate greetings, conversation topics, and ways to connect with Americans at this session.

Navigating Dallas Without a Car

Representatives from Parking and Transportation Services will give advice about how to get around the DFW area without a car. Topics will include: 883 Comet Cruiser bus service, DART passes and how to get one, and how to use DART, Comet Cab, Zagster, and Zipcar.

Orientation for International Spouses and Families

Students who have F-2 dependents with them in the US are encouraged to bring their spouses and families to this meeting. Meet other students with families and get information about the UTD International Spouse & Family Group. Children are welcome, and snacks will be served.

Preparing Your On-Campus Job Search

The Career Center will give advice on how to write a resume, tips on interviewing, and how to apply for jobs via Comet Careers.

First Semester Survival Guide

You have just arrived to campus and you are excited to learn everything you can about your new country and new school. But then you realize…you have to cook, clean, do laundry, and take care of a lot of other things you never had to do on your own. Don’t worry! We are here to share a few tips and tricks to manage your first semester on your own.

For New and Returning Students, and their Families!

**Orientation for International Spouses and Families: 11:00am in the Student Services Building, Room 3.107

Navigating the Conference:

  • No need to register.
  • Check in at the welcome table and get a nametag.
  • Attend as many sessions of your choosing.
  • Turn in your evaluation at the end of each session.

International Student Conference Sessions

American Expectations of Writing

Come learn what successful academic writing looks like at UT Dallas! A speaker from the Writing Center will discuss research, writing, plagiarism, and more in an interactive presentation. Students will also learn about the many services that the Writing Center offers.

American Health Insurance

The Student Health Center’s Insurance Coordinator will address many aspects of the American health insurance system, including: why everyone needs health insurance, insurance terminology, how US insurance works, and tips on choosing a health insurance plan.

Banking and Credit

CometCents, UTD’s financial success program, will teach you the basic terms and concepts associated with banking and credit in the US. If you are interested in opening an American bank account, or obtaining a credit or debit card, this workshop is for you.

Buying a Car

Get tips from local community members on how to negotiate a price, buy auto insurance, and register your car.

CPT/OPT Session

The International Student Services Office immigration advisors will hold an informational session on Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT), two types of off-campus work authorizations for F-1 students.

Driving in the USA

Learn the process of getting a Texas driver license. UTD Police Chief Larry Zacharias will also talk about US driving laws and the legality of international driving permits.

Experience Dallas Like a Pro

Learn about fun, affordable ways to explore and experience Dallas! Hurricane Harbor, the Dallas Zoo, the Dallas Arboretum, and many restaurants can all be enjoyed for nearly free – if you know the tricks.

Getting Involved on Campus

Discover how you can get involved on campus from the Student Organization Center. You will learn why it is important to be involved in extra-curricular activities, the opportunities available to UT Dallas students, as well as how to join a student organization.