University of Texas, Austin - Cockrell School of Engineering:
The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas, Austin is a top ranked epicenter of engineering education, and knowledge creation and distribution. Comprised of renowned educators, researchers and thought leaders, the Cockrell School addresses the grand challenges of the world, drives economic progress and improves quality of life.
With nine internationally recognized undergraduate programs and thirteen acclaimed graduate degree programs, the Cockrell School propels research and innovation, develops transformative technologies and cultivates solutions to advance society.
In 2010, Forbes attributed the Cockrell School as one of two "secret weapons" in ranking Austin the second most innovative city in the country. Companies such as Dell, National Instruments, IBM, Freescale Semiconductor and others recruit the intellectual capital produced at the Cockrell School.
The Cockrell School educates future engineering leaders who think creatively, work collaboratively, and push technological boundaries; develops innovative solutions through groundbreaking research; and improves lives throughout the world by leveraging the school’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and partnerships with industry to translate research into practice.
Situated in the heart of Austin, Texas, the Cockrell School directly benefits from being located in one of the most rapidly growing innovative technology hubs in the country.
Sophomores encouraged to apply; must have at least 60 credits by program start date
Seniors may not go in their graduating semester
Must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.
Length of Stay:
One or two semesters.
Placement Availability and Likelihood:
Please be aware that spaces in this program may be limited, and the number of spaces available for AUS placements will vary from semester to semester. That means that sometimes, access to these spaces will be competitive based on your GPA, Essay, Reference Letters, and other considerations. IXO will try to accommodate your first choice placements wherever possible, but you should always list several programs in your application, in case space is not available in your first choice university.
Program Fees and Costs:
Exchange students pay AUS tuition fees for the full course load (12-16 credits). Any additional costs including housing, lab fees, meal plans, books and insurance will be paid directly to the host university.
Students can apply to live on campus but may also live off campus. See the UT Austin incoming exchange student housing website for more information: https://world.utexas.edu/isss/life/housing
Students must apply to the US Embassy/Consulate to obtain their J1 Exchange Visitor Visa. They must make an appointment and follow up with the required documentation, such as the letter of acceptance and bank statement. See https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/forms/ds-160-online-non-immigrant-visa-application.html
for complete information on Visa application process.
All exchange students must have valid health insurance coverage during their stay abroad. In order to ensure that all international students meet health insurance requirements, effective Fall 2019, all international students similar to US students must have health insurance plans with a US carrier who meets minimum coverage requirements to ensure compliance and avoid students facing major financial and health hardships because of inadequate coverage.
Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, US-based insurance plans are required to provide coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, provide coverage for essential health benefits (including emergency care, mental and substance abuse treatment, preventative care, and laboratory services), along with banning annual and lifetime coverage caps. However, policies purchased by international students do not always carry these mandates. These international plans frequently exclude routine care, mental health, and substance abuse treatment and only provide coverage for emergency situations. Students from certain countries cannot obtain policies that include mental health and substance abuse treatment since this type of treatment is illegal in their home country. Additionally, some international plans require students to pay out of pocket for healthcare costs and then submit receipts for reimbursement since the carriers do not have a claims mailing address in the United States. Many students also submit waivers with insurance from their home country which does not provide coverage in the US.
All exchange students must wait to register until they arrive on campus and have cleared their registration bars (attending the Immigration Briefing & Check-in, clearing the university’s immunization requirements, and meeting with UT Austin’s Academic Advisor). In order to reduce the stress level during this period, UT Austin suggests that students arrive with enough time to complete all of these requirements before registration opens (typically about a week before registration). UT Austin’s Academic Advisors will work with exchange students to get them into a full course load of classes they want and need. Registration for any course cannot be guaranteed, which is why it is recommended that students have several options to choose from. Some departments reserve seats for incoming exchange students, but not all. Students can browse through the information on this page to read everything they need to know about registering at UT Austin. Particularly students can browse through the advising pages that are linked on that page in order to contact their department ahead of time and see if they can ease some of their worries.
UT encourages incoming engineering students to register for some of their major courses while abroad at UT. However, please be aware that the engineering courses are very difficult and should be taken seriously. Exchange students can choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses.
Students are able to take courses in multiple majors; however, at UT Austin they must choose a major in which they would take the majority of their classes. Students will be allowed to take courses outside of their designated UT Austin major with permission from the other requested departments. When registering, students should use prior year course schedules to complete the form, indicating their preliminary plans. Students will finalize their course registration when they arrive in campus for the first week.
There are no SBA courses available for AUS students at UT.
There are no CAAD courses available for AUS students at UT.
Students may choose any course in this category. Courses are still subject to approval by UT.
Students must fill out the AUS course permission form to get their courses approved by the Associate Dean of their school and the Registrar. Upon approval, students students will also be informed the grades required to transfer credits. Students must achieve the minimum grade as indicated on the form in order to receive course credit (requirements for credit transfer vary by program). Each study abroad case is subject to approval.
AUS students on grants/scholarships must obtain approval from the Office of Financial Grants and Scholarships before starting a semester abroad at a host university. In cases where the AUS student pays tuition directly to AUS for study abroad, the student will continue to use their AUS grants and AUS-funded scholarships for that semester abroad. These students should speak with the Financial Grants and Scholarship Manager for more information. Students sponsored by an organization outside of AUS are responsible for making arrangements with their sponsor.