UT’s Blanton Museum of Art is currently recruiting Spanish-speaking docents (museum guides) for its upcoming training class. This new group of volunteer docents will work primarily with K-12 students during the work week and on some Sundays. Training will take place every day for three hours the last two weeks of August and on-going training begins in September on select Mondays throughout the school year.
Details about the application process will be shared at information sessions in June and early July. For more information or to be included in future correspondence, please contact Stephanie Niemeyer at email@example.com.
Holders of the BlueCross/BlueShield student health insurance plan, please be advised that your summer coverage period began 6/1/2013 and is effective until 8/24/2013.
Important Note: While the summer enrollment process is completed, you may expect a slight delay in your summer coverage being reflected in the BlueCross/BlueShield system.
If you need to prove coverage or see a healthcare provider other than the University Health Services before (approximately) June 15, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for insurance verification.
If you need to pay for healthcare or prescriptions out-of-pocket during this time, you may submit a manual claim to BlueCross/BlueShield for reimbursement.
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International Student and Scholar Services organizes monthly bus trips to a variety of locations and events around Texas for international students, scholars, and their friends. This month we’re headed to Sea World San Antonio!
Sea World San Antonio is the world’s largest marine life adventure park and family event showplace. Come and explore over 26 shows, rides, animal attractions, and educational experiences for people of all ages. Don’t forget your swimsuit so that you can enjoy the waterpark, which includes water slides, a lazy river, and a wave pool!
Date: Saturday, June 8
Time: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Price: $80 (Includes bus fare, food and admission to Sea World)
Join us for this trip!
Online registration for this trip has already begun.
The Graduating International Student Reception is one of my favorite days of the year because our office recognizes international students that are graduating this Spring. The Graduating International Student Reception was held on May 15 and the value and impact that our international students bring to our campus community was highlighted by those that spoke. We had two student speakers and one student alumni speaker.
Our Essay Contest Winner
Geun Heui Lee, a non-traditional student and cancer survivor from South Korea.
Despite being told by her colleagues that quitting her job in Korea and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the U.S. after already holding a Ph.D. was not a wise idea, she came to study at UT Austin and has learned new skills of thinking critically and creatively. Geun Heui is graduating with a Bachelor’s in American Studies and was accompanied at the reception by her parents and her husband who all currently reside in Korea. As a result of what she has learned at UT, Geun Heui has founded a non-profit agency to help people in need.
An excerpt from her essay: “I have developed a selflessness and passion for giving back… The University of Texas’ motto might be ‘What Starts Here Changes the World” but I have learned that the people who graduate from [this] school are the ones who change the world”
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A reception to honor international students graduating from the university this spring and summer was held on Wednesday, May 15 in the Texas Union. The University of Texas at Austin enrolls an estimated 5,000 international students each year. These students represent approximately 120 countries, and come to The University to pursue degrees in a variety of disciplines. The University of Texas at Austin is ranked 14th in international student enrollment, and each year awards degrees to approximately 600 international students.
The reception honored these students for their achievements over the duration of their respective degree programs and recognize the unique contributions that they have brought to the university. To read a full story on this event, including guest speakers and spotlighted students, please visit the World at UT.
Photo Credit: iie.org/Programs/Brazil-Scientific-Mobility
The Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) was launched in 2011 as a joint initiative by Brazil’s Ministries of Education and Science aimed at strengthening and expanding the country’s competitiveness in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. Formerly known as Brazil Science Without Borders, the program is part of a larger effort to train 100,000 Brazilian students and researchers by 2015 in the world’s top universities for STEM studies. Approximately half of those students will study in the United States through a program administered by the Institute for International Education. This diverse group of emerging student leaders will have the opportunity to engage in a year-long exchange experience at a US university, further developing academic and research ties between the United States and Brazil. After completing their programs in the United States, the Brazilian students return home to complete their studies in Brazil.
UT has already welcomed a number of BSMP students, and we are looking forward to hosting an even larger group for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Every year UT Austin hosts 15-20 Saudi Arabian students sponsored by SABIC for a customized Foundation Year program. The program consists of 18 months of intensive English and rigorous academic work to prepare the students for their undergraduate studies at various institutions across the U.S. On April 30th the students commemorated their hard work and thanked their teachers at the SABIC graduation. Three student speakers reflected on the past year and offered words of encouragement for the future. A former teacher and friend also praised the students for their strong work ethic and thoughtfulness. The Director of ESL, Dr. Michael Smith and Director of International Student and Scholar Services, Dr. Teri Albrecht, both delivered inspirational speeches, urging the students to continue their commitment to excellence and leadership. After receiving certificates of completion, the students closed the ceremony with a special dance from the Dabke Dance Team. The evening ended in celebratory drinks of non-alcoholic Saudi champagne (a combination of sparkling water, apple juice and fruit) and Arabic treats.
Having completed the Foundation Year Program, the students will begin their undergraduate work at American universities in the fall. The UT Austin Foundation Year team wishes the students all the best in their future endeavors!
Held on Wednesday, May 1 in the Texas Union, the 6th Annual Sponsored Student Reception brought together sponsored students and the UT staff and faculty who support them. The event recognized the hard work the students have done and the unique contributions they have made over the past academic year. Sponsored Student Coordinator Liz Smith, ISSS Director Dr. Teri Albrecht, and Director of External Relations Darcy McGillicuddy all spoke during the program and emphasized sponsored students’ important role and impact on campus. They also thanked all of the countless individuals across the UT community who dedicate their time and energy to supporting these exceptional students.
The reception’s keynote speaker was Tawfik Rajab, a Libyan PhD student in Pharmacy. Tawfik’s journey has been an arduous but successful one: his studies at UT were going smoothly until 2011, when his country was consumed by civil war. Sponsored by the Libyan government, Tawfik found himself unable to receive his funding due to a global freeze on Libyan financial assets. In his remarks Tawfik delivered his sincere thanks to the UT and International Office staff members who helped him receive emergency funding and a work authorization. As the strife in Libya continued, Tawfik’s concern grew for his family back home and his future in Austin. In a unique display of compassion and generosity, however, an anonymous donor provided a gift dedicated to assisting Libyan students at UT weather the crisis and continue their studies. Tawfik is on track to complete his PhD and begin working in the Pharmacy field.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are now required to verify that every international student who enters the U.S. in F-1 and J-1 status has a valid SEVIS record. This means that students in F or J status, as well as dependents, will go through secondary inspection when entering the United States.
Additionally, F-1 students making a new entry (after termination of a prior SEVIS record) to regain valid status should expect additional questions about why they fell out of status in the US. Students in this situation should be able to provide evidence to prove that the violation of status was beyond their control.
International Student and Scholar Services has also been made aware that H-1B visa holders have been referred to secondary inspection for further documentation to prove their status. While this is not addressed in recent communications by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, we advise all international students and scholars traveling and re-entering the U.S. this summer to please make sure you are traveling with all your documentation.
Additionally, please make sure that you allocate enough time in your travel schedule to plan for delays (possibly lengthy) during immigration processing at the port-of-entry (the first place you arrive when entering the U.S.).
If you experience a situation at a port-of-entry that needs the immediate assistance of our office, please call us at 512-471-2477 during business hours or outside of business hours, please call UTPD at 512-471-4441 to be referred to an ISSS representative.