Graduating International Student Reception

Are you graduating this Spring or Summer? If so, join us in celebrating at the Graduating International Student Reception!

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Date: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Location: Texas Union – Santa Rita Room
RSVP required. Deadline is May 2nd.

Please visit the Graduating International Student Reception website for details regarding the event, as well as opportunities to participate in the Photo and Essay Contests.

Questions can be directed to

We hope to see you there!

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Cost Sharing Events to Benefit YALI

The International Office at the University of Texas at Austin and Students for Wema invite you to two events that will benefit The Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI).

On April 22 from 5 to 10 pm, Campus Candy will donate a portion of their profits to benefit YALI. Additionally, on Tuesday, April 29 from 5 to 10 pm, Pluckers will donate a portion of their profits. The more people who attend these events, the more funds will be donated. Please invite your friends! You must say they are with “Student for Wema” for the credit to be applied.

What is YALI?

The Young African Leadership Initiative program is designed to bring emerging entrepreneurs from Sub-Saharan Africa to the Forty Acres. Here, the young scholars will further develop the skills they need to shape the future of their continent—and the world.

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Graduate Student Parents

Are you a UT Austin graduate student who became a parent in 2012-2013? If so, please complete the Parental Accommodation Survey. The results will be used to help determine what kind of family-friendly policies the university can develop for graduate student parents.

All graduate students who have become parents in 2012-2013 — regardless of gender — are encouraged to respond. All responses are anonymous.

Please submit your survey by May 2 at 5:00 p.m.

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Be a Blogger for ISSS



Share your voice and get paid to write! The deadline for the International Voices blogging contest is 5 pm April 11. Please click the image above for more information. Send in your contest entries soon!

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KAUST Student Committees


UT Austin is currently hosting a group of 20 Saudi students in the KAUST Foundation Year Program during the 2013-2014 school year.  This spring semester, the students have the opportunity to participate in one of four student-led committees: Volunteer Committee, Social Committee, Yearbook Committee and Sports Committee.  The purpose of the committees is to foster skills related to event planning, organization, team building, and leadership. Through these committees, students contribute to the program in various ways from designing yearbooks to coordinating soccer matches.

This past weekend, the Volunteer and Social Committees coordinated a full day of activities. In the morning, students worked with the Lions Club UT chapter to clean up Bartholomew Creek.  After the event, the KAUST students visited Mount Bonnell and Mayfield Park and then went kayaking at Lady Bird Lake.

The KAUST students did a great job coordinating the events. We look forward to seeing what comes next for the KAUST student committees.  We hope that many of the students continue to be involved in student-led organizations when they enter universities throughout the country as freshmen next year.

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Support the International Office During 40 for Forty


You had the opportunity to study at UT. Now help give someone else the chance!

This Thursday and Friday, UT will be hosting a 40-hour online giving campaign called 40 Hours for the Forty Acres, or “40 for Forty” for short. This is part of the university’s Campaign for Texas, an eight-year, $3-billion fundraising effort that will wrap up this fall.

What starts here changes the world, but we need your help to get it started.

If able, make a gift to the International Office between 12:40 a.m. Thursday, April 3, and 4:40 p.m. Friday, April 4. Your donation, no matter what size, will go toward international student scholarships that will enable other aspiring Longhorns to pursue their educations on the Forty Acres.

Can’t donate right now? Help us spread the word by encouraging your friends, family, and social media networks to participate in 40 for Forty. Use the hashtag #40for40, and direct them to the links below!

Learn more about 40 for Forty.

To give to the IO & ISSS during 40 for Forty, go here:

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop about 40 for Forty and other exciting things happening at the International Office!


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UHS Nurse Advice Line

Unsure whether you should seek medical attention? Call the UHS Nurse Advice Line at 512-475-6877. The UHS Nurse Advice Line is staffed 24 hours a day/7 days a week and is completely free.


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Campus Visit from Chairman of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board


Tom Healy, Chairman of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, visited campus on Wednesday March 19 and met with current Fulbright students and scholars.

Mr. Healy’s visit provided time for Fulbrighters at UT Austin to discuss their life in the U.S. and provide feedback on their Fulbright experience.

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UHS Seeking Peer Educators – Earn Class Credit!

Want to be a health leader on campus? University Health Services is seeking Longhorns who are interested in positively influencing a healthy campus culture. You can earn class credit, improve your public speaking skills, meet new people, and learn all about promoting health. Learn more on the UHS Peer Education website. Applications are due April 4.

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Be a Blogger for ISSS: International Voices Contest


Share your voice and get paid to write! International Student & Scholar Services is recruiting international students and scholars to tell their story of living, studying, and working in Austin. ISSS staff members are seeking undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students, as well as visiting J-1 scholars, to write a monthly column for the ISSS blog about their experiences at UT. The column will be advertised on the ISSS website, Facebook page, and by email to enrolled international students and scholars at UT. Columnists will receive a $100 stipend at the end of the semester and be invited to special International Office events as a student or scholar ambassador.

Topics for blog posts could include:

  • Making friends in the U.S.
  • Adjusting to U.S. and Austin culture
  • Experiences in the classroom
  • Maintaining relationships with family and friends back home
  • Eating habits
  • Finding a job in the U.S.
  • Internship experiences in the U.S.
  • Experiences travelling to or around the U.S.
  • Observations on student life at UT

Blog posts should be written in the student or scholar’s own voice, have a human interest element, and demonstrate English proficiency. Students will be required to submit one column (300 – 500 words) every 4 weeks. ISSS has the right to edit columns for content, keeping in mind that the blog is a representation of university. Columnists will be given a $100 stipend for their work at the end of the fall (4 columns) and spring semester (4 columns) and $50 at the end of the summer semester (2 columns), if they meet their submission deadlines.


Interested writers should submit a column written on one of the topics listed above to by 5 pm on April 11, 2014. Please submit the blog post as a PDF, along with a 100-word biography (bio) and photo. The bio should include your name, home country, degree and major or research topic, and the length of time you have lived in the U.S. In addition, in the body of your email, please explain your interest in the international voices columnist position and provide an idea you have for a column for the fall 2014 semester.

Four international student or scholar columnists will be chosen by members of the ISSS social media committee based on applicants’ writing samples. Also, selections will be made with the desire to have representation from a variety of academic programs, countries, and experiences in the U.S. represented by columnists.

Applicants will be notified by April 18, 2014 if they have been selected by ISSS as a columnist, to begin in the fall 2014 semester.


  • Columnists must be enrolled international students at UT Austin for the 2014-2015 school year OR J-1 visiting scholars with a focus in Humanities, Communications, or Journalism
  • Columns must be written in English.
  • Columnists must be willing to have their name, photo, and bio published on the ISSS blog.
  • If selected, columnists will commit to writing 4 blog posts for the Fall 2014 semester (September, October, November, December). They will have the option to continue as a columnist for the spring and summer 2015 semesters.
  • Columnists also will be required to attend a one-hour training in May 2014 before assuming their roles.
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