Undergraduate Policies and Procedures
Information about international educational opportunities is available at the Office of International Education (OIE), Student Services Building (SSB) 3.400. 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 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:
- Study Abroad: Students are registered for study abroad courses after they complete the institutional protocol, which includes the approval of the Associate Dean of the appropriate academic department, the approval of the Office of the Registrar, and the endorsement of OIE. Study Abroad programs are offered by organizations and institutions specialized in designing academic courses in foreign destinations for U.S. students (3rd party programs). Credits are awarded as transfer credits. Students are responsible for paying program fees directly to the selected study abroad provider. Therefore, students are not assessed UT Dallas' tuition and fees. Student may not apply their Academic Excellence Scholarships toward these programs.
- Exchange Program: Students are registered full time at UT Dallas, but pursue the academic program in a foreign university with which UT Dallas has an active Exchange Program Agreement. Students may select from a large portfolio of exchange programs with the academic guidance of the Associate Dean from the appropriate academic department, who assesses the academic content of the program for UT Dallas credit equivalency purposes. Students earn resident credit. Students are assessed the normal UT Dallas' tuition and fees. Students may apply their Academic Excellence Scholarships toward these programs.
- Independent Studies: For independent studies, students are registered for academic work designed to be pursued in a foreign destination under UT Dallas' faculty supervision and with the approval of the appropriate department. Students are assessed normal tuition and fees for the number of semester credit hours they undertake as independent studies.
- Internships: For internships, students register a work assignment related directly to their field of study in a foreign destination under UT Dallas' faculty supervision. Students are assessed normal tuition and fees for the number of semester credit hours they undertake as an internship. Students should visit the internship coordinator in the Career Center to go over departmental guidelines.
- 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.
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 (grade point average) 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 credit hours at UT Dallas (resident 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 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 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 Education 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 Education. Students should provide a copy of the approved 24/30 waiver to OIE.
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 and exchange programs translate directly onto UT Dallas' transcript. Students' transcripts will also reflect international education coursework when taken through UT Dallas' independent studies, internships, and/or faculty-led programs.
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. Pre-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. Ultimately, final application of transfer credit is determined upon receipt of the official transcript submitted after completion of the classes abroad.
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.
International Education Non-Credit Programs
Undergraduate students representing UT Dallas in an international conference, workshop, sport competition, and/or fully or partially sponsored by UT Dallas, i.e. air ticket, hotel, conference registration, etc., are required to complete the OIE Protocol at least three weeks before departure. For more information, please consult www.utdallas.edu/oie/seo.htm.