Frequently Asked Questions


What kinds of study abroad programs are available?
Short-term sessions, summer sessions, semester-long, and year-long opportunities are available.

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Can I afford to study abroad?
Study abroad can be done cost effectively! In addition, financial aid and scholarships are available.
Reciprocal exchanges can be an inexpensive way to study abroad. Outgoing students pay tuition and fees at UT Dallas just as if they would be on the UT Dallas campus; all other costs (housing, meals) are paid at the host university. The main additional costs are airfare and traveling money. Check with OIE for existing exchanges that UT Dallas may be participating in.

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Can graduate students study abroad?
Yes! Please note, though, that it can be a bit more complicated to fit study abroad into a graduate degree. Please contact the Office of International Education (OIE) to talk about your wishes for an international education experience. Speaking with your major professor or mentor can be a good starting point.

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Can international students study abroad?
Yes! Study abroad is for EVERY UT Dallas student. Please let the OIE know early on what non-US citizenship you hold, so that we can refer you to appropriate UT Dallas offices and resources. You may not elect to return to your home country and study to be considered study abroad.

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If I am a non-traditional age student, have children, or have a disability, can I still study abroad?
Yes! Please do not hesitate to let us know about your special circumstances. We are committed to making an international experience available to all students, and we'll be happy to advise individually to identify the best program for a particular student (for instance, a site with child care available, or with wheelchair-accessible facilities.)

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Is financial aid applicable to study abroad?
Yes! The OIE will work with you and the Financial Aid Office to have your need level re-assessed and your federal and state financial possibilities explored.

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What is the International Education Fund Scholarship (IEFS)?
Each semester, every UT Dallas student pays $3 for the International Education Fee. This fee appears on the UT Dallas billing statement. EVERY PENNY of the IEF money is deposited into an account which may only be used for student scholarships. At UT Dallas, eligible recipients of the funds are awarded money directly or have the award credited directly to their UT Dallas account. Students that have been enrolled at UT Dallas at least half-time, as a degree seeking students for at least one semester may be eligible for this scholarship.

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Is there a grade-point average requirement to study abroad?
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is recommended. Some program requirements may vary. Check with the OIE for further details or requirements.

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I'm just a little bit below that GPA. Can I still be considered for a program?
It never hurts to ask! The answers may be different for different programs.

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What are my program options?
Come to the Office of International Education and look through our materials! We have information on thousands and thousands of international education programs offered by other US institutions and foreign schools. We can help you with the process of choosing a program, receiving your financial aid, and determining if coursework can be transferred.

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Is there an application?
Yes. UT Dallas requires a one page application and a written personal statement of intent. An interview will also be required.

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What are the application deadlines?
Click Here to get the application deadlines


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When do most students study abroad?
First of all, students need to have completed their first year and have at least 30 credits to be eligible to attend any of the programs.
For semester programs, many of the students are juniors, but sophomores and seniors also participate in the programs. For summer programs, the summer before or after the junior year seems to work well.
About the same number of students attend programs in the fall as in the spring. One semester does not seem to be more popular than the other. Summer programs, which tend to be shorter, have typically been quite popular among UT Dallas students.

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How do I apply to study abroad with UT Dallas?
Students can now apply with forms available in the Office of International Education.

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Is there an application fee?
Currently, there is not an application fee. There may be various program fees, depending on the program you choose.

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Do I need to submit a transcript?
After you've completed your study abroad, you must submit an official transcript in English from your study abroad school. If the transcript is issued in a foreign language, you will need to have it translated and submit both the original and official English version for evaluation of transfer credit to the Office of the Registrar at UT Dallas.

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Are there any foreign language requirements?
Many programs will require language proficiency and may require a placement exam. In many cases at least two years of college level foreign language proficiency may be required. However, there are many English program options in a variety of countries. Check with OIE for further information.

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How many classes do I have to take?
Students are required to enroll for full time student status. Summer programs may vary in length and minimum number of required hours.

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Will my classes transfer to UT Dallas?
You must complete a Pre-Approval of Transfer Credit Form prior to departure. This will ensure proper credit and transferability. Students who do not complete this form are at risk of not receiving transfer credit upon completion. You should always check with your academic advisor regarding your plans.

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When will I hear of my application status?
After a student submits an application, he/she is notified which component are missing from the application. Or if student's application is complete, the student will be contacted to have a personal interview. The student will be notified shortly after the interview with the decision.
Students are welcome to call the Office of International Education (972-883-4715) to check on the status of their application.

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Is airfare included in the cost of the program?
Airfare is not included in the price of the program. Students make their travel arrangements and make payment directly to the travel agency or airline.

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How many suitcases can I bring?
You will need to check with your airline to be sure how many suitcases you may check, as well as the dimensions and weight limit. Most airlines allow one carry on bag with specific dimension and weight limit requirements.
You will find that you do not need nearly as much as you think you do. Remember, porters are seldom available to help with your luggage, so plan to carry your own luggage at all times.

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Are there scholarships and financial aid available?
Scholarships have been established to support opportunities for UT Dallas students to participate in study abroad programs. A variety of third party or independent scholarships are also available.
Please contact the Office of International Education for specific information and application instructions for available scholarships.

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How do I obtain a passport?
Find out how to obtain or renew a passport at
http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
In some countries you are required to have your passport with you at all the times as official identification. U.S. officials tend to recommend that your passport be kept in a safe place. A compromise is to carry with you a photocopy of the passport information page.
If you have a passport, make sure it does not expire while you are abroad.
Remember if you plan to travel from one country to another country, you must have a passport with you. And, of course, remember not to pack your passport in your luggage.

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Do I need medical insurance?
If your current medical insurance does not cover you while abroad, one option is to purchase insurance through International Student Identity Card (ISIC). This is an insurance program for study abroad students which offers various services including medical assistance. There are a number of alternatives; please check OIE for a listing. You should provide some proof of insurance coverage before you leave.

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Do I really need to have travel insurance?
Travel insurance is a good idea. Some travel insurance plans cover the cost of emergency health care. You can also be compensated if you need to cancel your trip. Travel insurance may cover lost and stolen baggage.

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How can I get a Student Identity Card?
You can apply for and receive the International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which provides discounts for flights, accommodations, transportation, museums, etc. In addition the ISIC provides Travel Guard Assistance, accidental medical insurance, etc. For further information please contact ISIC directly.

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Do I need a student visa?
If a visa is required, obtain it from the appropriate foreign consular representative before proceeding abroad. Allow sufficient time for processing your visa application, especially if you are applying by mail. Most foreign consular representatives are located in principal cities, and in many instances, a traveler may be required to obtain visas from the consular office in the area of his/her residence. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TRAVELER TO OBTAIN VISAS, WHERE REQUIRED, FROM THE APPROPIATE EMBASSY OR NEAREST CONSULATE OF THE COUNTRY YOU ARE PLANNING TO VISIT. As soon as you receive your visa, check it to make sure no mistakes were made. Processing and visa fees vary, and most fees may not be refundable. For specific details, consult the Embassy or Consulate of the country you plan to visit.
http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis_pa_tw_1168.html

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Do I need immunizations?
Under the International Health Regulations adopted by the World Health Organization, a country may require International Certificates of Vaccination against yellow fever, especially if your are traveling from an area of the world that is infected with yellow fever. Prophylactic medication for malaria and certain other preventive measures are advisable for travel to some countries. No immunizations are required to return to the United States. Detailed health information may be obtained from your local healthcare provider or by contacting the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, telephone 1-877-394-8747 or internet: www.cdc.gov .

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What options are available for students with disabilities-based needs?
While the United States has certain standards for accessibility, unfortunately; not all countries have comparable access. Some cities are better than others with respect to accessibility. Many study abroad programs attempt to make efforts to accommodate students with learning disabilities and special access needs. The best information can be obtained by speaking with an advisor in OIE about options. A visit to the UT Dallas Disability Services Office is also highly recommended. An individualized approach is utilized and discussions about needs and expectations are part of overall planning process. A very useful website to consult would be Mobility International for information about traveling with a disability.

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Can I study abroad if I am studying in the Pre-Health Program?
Yes, you can study abroad if you are studying in the Pre-health when considering these programs.
Obtaining information about specific admission policies at the medical a schools you are interested in before you apply for a study abroad program.
You should take your sciences or core pre-health courses at UT Dallas.
Plan effectively around the timing of your study abroad experience.
Consider when you will take the MCAT and make applications to medical schools. Junior and senior year abroad is not the best choice.
International science courses are generally not considered by review committees.
Consider taking a foreign language to enhance your packet.
Courses in humanities are typically more favorable options.

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How do I vote in an election while studying abroad?
Visit the Texas Secretary of State Website for information on the absentee registration and voting process.

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