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International Education

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 MC 1.206. 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/.


Undergraduates must have earned aminimum 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 2.00. Students with less than a GPA of 2.50 may not be eligible for some affiliate or exchange programs for study aborad. 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 Students

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.


Credits earned in Exchange Programs will translate directly onto the UTD transcript as a letter grade earned. All other program earned credits will be transcribed as Credit or No Credit. Grades of 2.00 on a 4.00 point scale will be reviewed by the Registrar and assigned credit. Course work will be reflected on the student's transcript but only courses taken on the UTD campus are considered in the UTD GPA.

No more than 20% or 12 hours (whichever is smaller) of upper-division credits may be used toward graduation credits. Courses in a student's major which are designed as Credit/No Credit are not included in this limit.

Core curriculum courses taken while studying abroad must be taken for a grade. A 2.00 on a 4.00 scale must be earned to transfer to UTD.

It is the student's responsibility, on returning to the UTD campus, to provide the Registrar with the institution's published catalog description of the course.

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

Transscripts 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.

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