Academic Policies and Procedures
Information about international educational opportunities is available at the Office of International Education (OIE), Green Center (GC) 2.216. Students are required to satisfy the institutional protocol for international mobility under the guidance of OIE advisors to select the program most appropriate to their individual needs and interests. The advising process includes University policies governing international education, application, selection procedures, funding sources, international health insurance, emergency procedures, and liability issues, among other aspects. Information is also disseminated through study abroad fairs, special events, group meetings, individual appointments, reference materials and at the OIE website.
Students may participate in international educational programs through five types of mobility:
Eligibility and Conditions
Students are subject to the successful satisfaction of UT Dallas' OIE Protocol according to the deadlines published in OIE web page. Students may pursue international education programs for a maximum of two semesters.
A student must have a minimum of 2.000 GPA to participate in study abroad programs, independent studies, or internships. A student must have a minimum of 3.000 GPA to participate in exchange programs. GPA requirements for faculty-led programs are determined by the academic unit offering the program.
Undergraduates must earn a minimum of 30 semester credit hours at UT Dallas (resident semester credit hours) prior to participating in study abroad programs, exchange programs, independent studies or internships. Upper division transfer undergraduate students must successfully complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours at UT Dallas (resident semester credit hours) prior to participating in study abroad programs, exchange programs, independent studies, or internships. Lower division transfer undergraduate students must successfully complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours at UT Dallas (resident semester credit hours) prior to participating in study abroad programs, exchange programs, independent studies, or internships.
The 24/30 rule states that students must complete at least 24 of their last 30 semester credit hours at UT Dallas. Students who are within the jurisdiction of the 24/30 rule and plan to graduate must obtain a waiver from the Dean of Undergraduate Studies to be eligible for international education. Students may obtain guidance from OIE or their academic advisors to submit their waiver petition to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
Students may apply for the UT Dallas' International Education Fund Scholarship (IEFS) to obtain complementary financial support for study abroad programs. Information about the IEFS, including eligibility requirements and deadlines, is available at the OIE website.
In addition to the Office of International Education, students may consult with the Office of Financial Aid for other funding opportunities for international education.
Credits earned in study abroad programs, exchange programs, independent studies, internships, and/or faculty-led programs translate directly onto UT Dallas' transcript.
Core Curriculum courses taken while studying abroad must be taken for a grade. A minimum of 2.000 on a scale of 4.000 must be earned to transfer credits to UT Dallas.
The Office of the Registrar will review transcripts and assign credit(s).
Transcripts must be mailed to the Office of International Education. Transcripts received from foreign institutions in a language other than English must be translated by a professional translation service for official posting of transfer credit. The use of a professional translation service ensures the authenticity, consistency, and accuracy of transferring credits. It is the responsibility of the student to provide an English translation of the transcript and pay any associated costs. Transcript translation services are not provided by the University.
The Associate Deans in each school determine how general courses and Core Curriculum courses apply to UT Dallas' degree plan. Approval may be required by more than one Associate Dean for courses outside the student's major. All courses must be pre-approved by the Associate Dean from the appropriate academic department, the Office of the Registrar, and the Office of International Education.
The University of Texas at Dallas does not recommend nor support study abroad programs in regions of the world for which the U.S. State Department has issued a "Travel Warning." Students considering study in regions with Travel Warnings must submit their cases to the Secretary of the UT Dallas Advisory Council on International Education (ACIE), OIE Director, for further evaluation (www.utdallas.edu/oie/acie.htm). A Travel Warning is the federal government's recommendation to avoid or consider the risk of travel to a specific foreign destination.