International Students


You should apply for international freshman admission if:

  1. If you are a high school senior or a student who has completed high school and has not yet enrolled at another college or university after graduation.
  2. You are neither a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  3. You did not graduate from a Texas high school.

If you are an international transfer student, see our International Transfer page for more information.

International Transfer

Key Dates

Summer/Fall Enrollment

  • Application Opens
    August 1
  • Early Action Deadline
    October 15
  • Regular Decision Deadline
    December 1
  • Early Action Decisions Released
    January 15
  • Admission Decisions Released
    February 15

Spring Enrollment

  • Application Opens
    March 1
  • Application Deadline
    September 1
  • Admission Decisions Released
    December 1

Online Application

Apply using the CommonApp for summer/fall admission. You should apply using the ApplyTexas application if applying for spring admission.

Common App

Application Materials

Required for ALL freshman applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who are not graduating from a Texas high school.

  1. Application Fee

    Pay the non-refundable application fee of $90 when you submit your application. Fee waivers are not available for international students. If you are not able to pay your fee online using a credit card, you can mail your payment in U.S. dollars. Make checks payable to The University of Texas at Austin and write your UT EID on your check or money order. Do not send cash or personal checks.

  2. Essays and Short Answers

    Along with your application, submit at least one essay and complete the required short answer prompts. The essay topic and requirements as well as short answer prompts can be found on the ApplyTexas application form. You can submit your essay with your application or later in MyStatus.

    Essays and Short Answers

  3. Your High School Transcripts and Any College Transcripts

    Please submit documentation showing that you have completed (or will be completing) an accredited secondary school series equivalent to that of a U.S. high school. Please ensure your official record or transcript (mark sheet) shows your secondary work and grades (or marks) from 9th to at least the end of 11th grade. You will need to include 9th grade even if that work was completed at a different institution. You should also include copies of your official final examinations taken at the end of the secondary school program, including external exams such as the General Certificate of Education (GCE) “O” and “A” level examinations, school leaving certificates and matriculation exams. If you have earned any college credit (including dual credit) while in high school, submit official transcripts to UT Austin. Please provide official English translations together with the original language records. Transcripts must be submitted by the deadline.

    Transcript Info

  4. High School Prerequisites

    You must complete or be on track to complete certain high school coursework to be competitive for admission.

    High School Prerequisites 

  5. SAT/ACT Scores

    Students should submit at least one set of scores directly from the testing agency. We do not require the SAT Essay or ACT Writing scores. Scores included in transcripts and copies of score reports don’t meet this requirement. When you ask the testing agency to send your scores, use the codes the agencies have designated for UT Austin:

    SAT — 6882
    ACT — 4240

Additional Materials

The following materials may be required. These items must be received by the appropriate deadline.

Major-specific items

Certain majors have specific items they may ask for in addition to your application. Please be sure to review any additional items required by your first and second choice majors by visiting their college or school page. Items can be submitted in MyStatus.

Colleges & Degrees


If applicable, submit either an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Not sure if you need to submit the TOEFL or IELTS? Visit our Info For International page.

Optional Materials

The optional items below are NOT required for admission consideration. However, you may include them as part of your application for admission if submitted by the appropriate deadline. Please submit all documents in MyStatus.


You may choose to submit a resume offering additional information about your achievements, activities, leadership positions and student employment.

Letters of Recommendation

You may submit up to two optional letters of recommendation with your admission application. These letters may be from mentors or people who know you well and can include teachers, although we recommend providing letters from sources outside of your high school. The letter should be able to give additional context or information to support your admission that is not already provided in your application or other submitted documents (resume, transcripts). Letters of recommendation are not accepted via email.

SAT Subject Tests

You are not required to submit SAT Subject Test scores as part of a complete application for admission. However, you can submit these scores in certain situations. For example, home-schooled students may send them if they feel they reflect academic potential, or those hoping to earn course credit by examination may submit them for consideration after the application cycle is complete.

Course Credit by Examination

Next Steps

Once you’ve submitted your online application, you can track the completion of your application and submit additional documents in MyStatus. Be sure to regularly monitor MyStatus until your application is listed as complete and submit any outstanding to-do items prior to the deadlines.

  1. Check MyStatus

    You may be asked for additional information after you submit your application. Check MyStatus to stay up to date.


  2. Complete Your Housing Application

    You can apply for housing before you receive an admission decision. Housing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend applying as soon as possible.

  3. Check Your Email

    We’ll alert you about your admission decision, financial aid awards, housing contract and other important details via email. Be sure to check your email regularly.