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Resources for Study and Campus Life

Comet Card

The Comet Card is the official University identification card for all students, faculty, and staff. The Comet Card allows students to use campus facilities and services and offers a debit feature where money may be stored to make on-campus purchases and payments. The card can also be linked to a Wells Fargo banking account and used as a pin-based debit card. Cards are issued through the Info Depot (SU 2.204). Call (972) 883-2495 for additional information.

Distance Education

Distance education, the new classroom setting, offers courses taught online/via the internet. Many of the courses the University of Texas at Dallas offers are offered both in the classroom and online. In addition, the university, along with other U.T. System schools, offers a number of courses via the U.T. TeleCampus, which can be accessed at http://www.telecampus.utsystem.edu/. U.T. Dallas currently offers TeleCampus courses in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, the School of General Studies (Teacher Education), and the School of Management. Specific courses and registration procedures can be found in the Class Schedule.

Health Insurance

A group health insurance plan is available to all enrolled students and is administered by the Office of the Dean of Students.

International students on non immigrant status and dependents of J1 visa holders are required to maintain approved comprehensive health insurance while enrolled at U.T. System component institutions. At registration, international students will be assessed a health insurance fee for the purchase of the U.T. System Student Health Insurance Plan where there is no evidence of continuing coverage under (1) the U.T. System Employee Health Plan or a comparable mandatory employee plan, (2) continuing mandatory coverage through a government sponsored health plan, (3) or continuing coverage that satisfies the requirements of USIA regulations with regard to J1 and J2 visa holders.

Housing Information

The privately managed Waterview Park Apartments offer affordable apartment style living for those who appreciate the advantage of being able to walk from their residence to class. Waterview Park Apartments are reserved for U.T. Dallas students and offer a variety of floor plans. For more information, contact:

Waterview Park Apartments
2800 Waterview Parkway
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 480 8232

Learning Resources

The Learning Resource Center offers assistance to students in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and study skills. These services are available through individual appointments, group workshops, short courses, and audio and video tapes. The Writing Lab offers one to one assistance with writing assignments and general writing skills. Appointments are required. The Math Lab gives short term and semester long support for a variety of mathematics courses. Students may drop in or visit these labs on a regular basis. The Supplemental Instruction program offers facilitated group study sessions as a supplement to many U.T. Dallas courses. Students should check with the center for availability of individual tutoring in specific subjects. The Learning Resource Center also offers developmental math, reading, and writing classes. These classes are for credit, but they do not count toward graduation.

Assistance is also available in study skills, note taking, writing, test taking, algebra, and preparation for the THEA (required for teacher certification), GRE, GMAT, and LSAT. In addition, students can receive help with time management, basic mathematics improvement, test anxiety reduction, and various other study techniques and strategies. All students enrolled at the university are eligible for these services.

The center, located in MC 2.402, may be contacted by calling (972) 883 6707.

Multicultural Center

The Multicultural Center offers support to U.T. Dallas minority students while educating the campus community about cultural diversity. The goals for the program include improving the recruitment and retention of minority students, increasing the awareness of the campus community on minority issues, and offering minority students opportunities to develop and refine leadership skills. For more information, call (972)883-6390 or visit the MC in the Conference Center.

Student Exchange – U.T. System

The U.T. System Student Exchange program is designed to allow upper division students enrolled in an institution of the U.T. System to take courses or engage in research at another institution within the System during a regular semester or summer session.

A U.T. Dallas student in good standing who has completed at least 60 semester credit hours is eligible to participate in the exchange program. Approval by the student’s ADU is also required. Visiting students register and pay tuition and required fees at their home institutions and are given normal privileges associated with available student services at the exchange institution. Visiting students are subject to the rules and regulations of both institutions.

Each U.T. System institution has designated an individual to coordinate and approve undergraduate student exchanges. Interested U.T. Dallas students should contact the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education for additional information: phone (972) 883 6706 or email [email protected]. Students at other U.T. System schools wishing to take courses at U.T. Dallas under this exchange program should contact and work through the office designated by their home institution.

Study Abroad

Catalog Policy

Information about educational opportunities in other countries, including study abroad, international internships, international research opportunities, and international scholarship programs, is available at the Office of International Education (OIE), located in the McDermott Library, Lower Level, Room MC1.206. Students are required to attend an advising session before seeking staff assistance in selecting the program most appropriate to their individual needs and interests. The advising sessions include University policies governing study abroad, program options, funding sources, and application and selection procedures. Information is also disseminated through publications, special events, group meetings, individual appointments, reference materials and at the OIE web site, http://www.utdallas.edu/utdgeneral/provost/oie/.

Eligibility. Undergraduates must have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours at UTD. Freshmen, first semester transfer students, non-degree seeking students, and students who plan to graduate within one semester are not eligible to participate. All students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students with less than a GPA of 2.5 may not be eligible for some affiliate or exchange programs for study abroad. Study abroad is limited to two (2) semesters.


Associate Deans in each school will have the responsibility for determining how general courses and core curriculum courses will be applied to the UTD degree plan. Approval may be required by more than one Associate Dean for courses outside the student’s major.

Exchange Programs. Students in exchange programs are registered for a block of coursework in study abroad (STAB Exchange). Associate Deans in the appropriate academic departments review the student’s work to determine equivalent UTD credit upon completion. Students will earn resident credit. Students are assessed the normal UTD tuition and fees for the number of semester credit hours they undertake for that particular semester.

Affiliated Studies. Students register for affiliated studies (STAB Generic) when they participate in study abroad programs by organizations and institutions with which the University has an affiliation. Students enrolled in affiliated studies are considered full-time students. Credits are awarded as transfer credit. Students are not assessed UTD tuition and fees and are responsible for paying program fees directly to the affiliate program.

Faculty-led Programs. Academic units may offer courses taught abroad as part of their regular curriculum. Students who take these courses follow normal registration procedures and are assessed normal tuition and fees for the number of semester credit hours they undertake. Additional fees are charged to cover program costs.

Financial Assistance. Information about other funding opportunities for study abroad is available at the Office of Financial Aid. Students are eligible to use financial aid for these programs that are affiliated with UTD. Programs outside of official affiliations are not eligible for financial aid. Students are strongly encouraged to have a declared major; otherwise there could be financial aid implications.

Official Transcripts. Transcripts received from foreign institutions if not received in English will need to be translated by a professional service for official posting of transfer credit. The use of a professional translation service will ensure the authenticity and consistency of transferring credits accurately and appropriately.

Travel Warnings. The University of Texas at Dallas does not recommend or support study abroad programs in regions of the world in which the U.S. State Department has issued a “Travel Warning.” Applications to study in regions affected by Travel Warnings will not be approved. UTD students will not be eligible to apply their financial aid to such experiences. A Travel Warning is an official recommendation for travelers; it usually discourages non-essential travel in the specified region. Because Travel Warnings are issued in response to specific world events, they may have expiration dates.

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This catalog is a general information publication only. It is not intended to nor does it contain all regulations that relate to students. The provisions of this catalog do not constitute a contract, express or implied, between any applicant, student or faculty member and The University of Texas at Dallas or The University of Texas System. The University of Texas at Dallas reserves the right to withdraw courses at any time, to change fees or tuition, calendar, curriculum, degree requirements, graduation procedures, and any other requirements affecting students. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled.

Statement on Equal Educational Opportunity
The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, and veteran status. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is also prohibited pursuant to University policy.