Load money on to your Bevo Bucks account and then swipe your student ID card to make purchases at participating retailers around town. No cash or credit card needed! Some stores even offer discounts when you pay with Bevo Bucks.
Students, faculty, and staff can buy discounted computers, software, accessories, and other electronics at the Campus Computer Store, located on the first floor of the Flawn Academic Center (FAC). You could order a customized computer, up to 30 percent off the retail price, with proof of your student status.
Use your student ID to get discounts at restaurants, copy shops, clothing stores, auto shops, and other retailers around Austin. Many times a store will have a sign in its window if it offers a student discount, but sometimes if you just ask, you will be surprised to find out they have special deals for students.
If you hold insurance coverage that meets UT’s minimum requirements, you may be eligible to waive the UT student health insurance plan. Waiver forms and instructions are posted on the ISSS insurance webpage. Some important notes:
Insurance waivers are no longer accepted by fax. Waivers should be emailed to email@example.com or submitted in person at the International Office.
If you have already submitted a 2013-14 Annual Waiver (August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014, you do not need to resubmit a waiver for the Spring/Summer 2014 coverage period.
Spring/Summer waivers must indicate that coverage is effective from January 1, 2014 to July 31, 2014. No letters of coverage will be accepted in lieu of UT waiver forms.
The deadline to submit spring/summer waivers is January 28, 2014 at 5 pm.
Continuing Coverage for Fall Graduates
Are you graduating or leaving UT Austin at the end of the fall? If you have held the Student Health Insurance Plan for at least the past 6 months, you are eligible to purchase up to 6 additional months of Continuation Coverage!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule an insurance advising appointment to purchase coverage.
Some important dates to keep in mind:
The current Fall 2013 coverage period will end on December 31, 2013.
ISSS will be closed for Winter Break from December 23, 2013 until January 1, 2014.
The deadline to purchase Continuation Coverage is January 29, 2014.
It is important to know how to seek the right care at the right time in the case of an unexpected medical event.
For severe or potentially life-threatening emergencies, call 911 or go to a local hospital emergency room.
Please note that these services are intended for true medical emergencies only.
If you are unsure whether you should call 911 or go to a hospital, you can call the UHS Nurse Advice Line 24/7 at (512) 475-6977 for guidance.
For conditions or injuries that can be treated outside of an emergency room but require prompt attention, use the UHS Urgent Care Center during open hours or a local urgent care clinic. Some common reasons to use these clinics include:
Wounds that require stitches
Allergic reactions that are not life-threatening
Sprains and minor fractures
For non-urgent healthcare needs, remember to schedule an appointment with the UT University Health Services or your primary care physician. This is the most appropriate and cost-effective way to address routine medical concerns.
Visit the ISSS international student/scholar insurance webpage for more helpful tips!
The scholarship application and additional information can be found on the website links above. Application deadline is December 31, 2013.
Please note that this award is not facilitated through The University of Texas at Austin and any questions should be directed to the Texas International Business Community Involvement Scholarship Facilitator, Cici Zhu via email at email@example.com.
This customized program has been designed by top educators in the field to provide a rigorous academic and cultural exchange for aspiring young engineers. Students accepted into the program will attend class daily alongside UT students and earn 6 credit hours to transfer to their home institution.
In addition to classroom time, SED participants will complete a variety of leadership development activities which will enhance their communication skills, the ability to work effectively in diverse teams, and deepen their understanding of the nexus between engineering and civic responsibility. These activities have been designed in response to recent research that shows a clear demand for leadership development in engineering students. The National Society of Professional Engineers, through its Licensure and Qualifications for Practice Committee identified leadership as an area of critical importance that is absent from the education and training of most engineers (2010).
Each international student accepted into the SED program will be matched with a UT student (“Ambassador”) who serves a peer-mentoring role. UT Ambassadors will be recruited from primarily the Cockrell school, but applications are open to any UT student with an interest in a cross-cultural experience during summer 2014.
The practice of engineering has become increasingly global. 21st century engineers must be prepared to contribute as leaders to the design, development, production and deployment of products to address world challenges such as water, food, energy, climate, health and security.
If you are an international student interested in applying to SED please visit the program website.
If you are a current UT student interested in working as an Ambassador during summer 2014, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please Note: SED is separate from the existing exchange programs offered at The University of Texas at Austin. International participants will pay tuition directly to UT and participation will have no effect on exchange balances.
The fourth Thursday of November marks Thanksgiving Day in the United States. In the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. The roots of Thanksgiving go back to some of the first colonists in the United States who shared a celebratory feast with Native Americans in the region after their first successful corn harvest in the New World. Learn more about the historical context of Thanksgiving.
Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated among families and friends in the U.S. with a big meal. Turkey and mashed potatoes are usually the center of the feast. Traditional activities that have developed with the holiday celebration include Thanksgiving Day parades, football games, volunteering and time with family. Thanksgiving also marks the start of the winter holiday season in the U.S. The Friday following Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year. Many stores have sales called “Black Friday” specials, which require shoppers to go to the store early in the morning to get good deals.
However you celebrate, have a happy Thanksgiving! Share some things that you are thankful for with your friends, family, and co-workers to get in the holiday spirit.
International students are automatically billed for health insurance coverage. But don’t forget to add your dependents to your student health insurance plan! Spouses and children must be re-enrolled in coverage each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer). For Spring coverage, the deadline to add dependents is January 28. Dependents can be enrolled by scheduling an appointment with the ISSS Insurance Advisor.
Spring and Summer Insurance Waivers
January 28 is the deadline to apply for spring/summer insurance waivers, including waivers based on private or U.S. employer insurance.
Students may request an insurance waiver if they are covered by an alternative insurance policy that meets the basic requirements of the UT Health Insurance Plan. Review eligibility categories, waiver periods, required documentation, and submission deadlines on the ISSS Insurance Webpage.
Knowing when and how to seek medical care can be confusing, especially in a new country and culture. Take advantage of Nurse Lines to talk to a licensed nurse for advice about your medical concerns. These nurses can help you answer questions about how to care for your symptoms or whether you need to seek medical treatment.
Identify any Nurse Lines for which you are eligible. Then, be sure to program these numbers into your phone so you can call for advice when you need it, no matter where you are!
University Health Services Nurse Line
If you are a UT Austin student, or a visiting scholar subscribed to the University Health Services (UHS), you always have expert medical advise at your fingertips! The UHS Nurse Advice Line is staffed 24 hours a day/7 days a week and is completely free.
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) invites you to a Carnival! This free event is open to all graduate students and their families.
Date: Sunday, November 17 from 12 – 4 pm Location: LBJ Lawn Activities: Moonwalk, super slide, jousting, bungee trampoline, inflatable obstacle course, face painting and a caricatures! Food and drinks available for purchase.
At this event, the GSA will be collecting donations of personal care items (specifically deodorant, toothbrushes, soap and toothpaste) for the benefit of the Eastside Community Connection, a non-profit run by UT students serving those most in need in the Austin area.