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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Spring 2014 Q-Drop Deadline: Monday, March 31st

The add/drop deadline for undergraduates is Monday, March 31st. If you’re thinking about dropping a class, don’t forget about the potential impact on your immigration status. All F-1 and J-1 international students must be enrolled for a full-time course load (as outlined on our Maintaining Your Status handout). Undergraduates must be enrolled for 12 credit hours and graduate students for 9 hours. Only under special situations can a student be allowed to drop to less than full-time. If you believe that you might qualify, then schedule an appointment to see an international student advisor to discuss your case. You will need the permission of an international student advisor before you drop the class.

If you find yourself struggling with a class, do not delay in asking for help. Consider speaking to your professors, teaching assistants, or tutors. Information about tutoring and study strategies can be found on the Sanger Learning Center website.

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Student Spotlight: SABIC Students Serve Austin Community


Fall 2013 proved to be a semester of service for SABIC Foundation Year students.  After completing a volunteerism workshop, students participated in three programs throughout Austin.

In partnership with Keep Austin Beautiful, SABIC students spent one Saturday morning cleaning up the Johnson Creek trail near Lady Bird Lake. After two hours of intensive cleaning students collected 35 bags of trash! It was eye-opening to see the impact this work made in just one day of service.

As an ongoing opportunity throughout the semester, SABIC partnered with Meals on Wheels to deliver lunchtime meals to home-bound older adults and persons with disabilities in two East Austin communities.  Each Friday, four students engaged with community members through meal deliveries and lively conversation. Students enjoyed the opportunity to exchange culture, language and friendship in a community very different from the campus experience.

To close out the semester, SABIC participated in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program, sorting and labeling gifts for families in need. Students spent the chilly December afternoon preparing for the upcoming gift distribution, working together to accomplish the goal. Upon arrival there were boxes of overflowing gifts to be organized. After three hours of diligent labor, students had sorted hundreds of gifts to be given to children all over Austin. Leaving the boxes emptied, students were filled with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment at their work.

Serving the community and seeking the good of others, SABIC students had a busy and fun semester. SABIC students truly embodied the motto “What starts here, changes the world.”

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