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Courses and Registration

Please use the websites listed below to review courses for your exchange semester(s) at UT. The course selection form is online and is due mid-October for spring semesters and mid-April for fall semesters. We request seat reservations with the business departments based on your preliminary selections (the department has final approval). Actual registration occurs during Orientation right before the semester begins. The course request process is NOT registration. Adds and drops are possible during the first four days of class.

To Find Course Information

Course Schedule: www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/schedules

Use the course schedule to find classes offered for a particular semester, including days and meeting times. Courses are listed alphabetically by department.

Course Syllabi for both UT and McCombs School of Business courses:

This website provides syllabus information for all courses at UT: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/student/coursedocs/nlogon/

You can also visit the business department’s Web sites directly and look for the link to view syllabi, which lists the full description, content, assignments, and grading information for each course. 

  1. Accounting
  2. Business, Government and Society (BGS and Business Law - LEB - courses)
  3. Finance (includes FIN and Real Estate courses)
  4. Information, Risk and Operations Management (IROM, includes courses for MIS, Operations Management, Risk Management and Statistics)
  5. International Business,  (IB courses are offered through the Marketing Department)
  6. Management (includes MAN and BA courses)
  7. Marketing

Syllabi for the upcoming semester are not available before classes begin, but versions from earlier semesters are. Often the changes from one semester to the next are minimal. 

Undergraduate Catalog: http://registrar.utexas.edu/catalogs/

Contains brief descriptions of all possible university courses listed by 1) school, i.e. McCombs School of Business, Liberal Arts, Engineering, etc., and 2) department. Please note that all the courses in the catalog are not offered each semester, you must look at the Course Schedule for that information.

Selecting courses – Read Carefully!

  1. Exchange students register for four or five courses; at least two of which must be business courses.  For the others, you may choose any undergraduate course that is interesting or useful to you. You must enroll for at least 12 hours of academic credit, generally 4 classes. The maximum number of credits you can take is 17.
  2. Under each course title you will find one or more five-digit unique number(s). Each unique number represents a separate section of the course. Each section has a separate meeting time.
  3. The course number tells how many hours of academic credit the course is worth and the level.
  • The first digit of the course number indicates the course credit. For example, FIN 376 is worth three hours of academic credit (and also often indicates how many hours per week the course meets). The second number, “76,” indicates that it is an advanced course.
  • Courses with second numbers from 01-19 are beginning or lower-division courses, while those with second numbers ranging from 20-79 are intermediate and advanced courses. Courses with numbers from 80-99 are graduate courses and are NOT open to BBA students or BBA exchange students. The MBA and BBA programs are completely separate.
  • Course numbers that include “F”, ex. FIN 320F, indicate that a course is for non-business students. The content is not appropriate for business majors, and you cannot take these courses. Each topic is modified from a regular business major course, which you would take instead.  An exception is FIN 375F which is designed for finance majors.
  • An “H” as part of the course number, ex. MKT 337H, indicates the course as part of the Business Honors Program.  These classes are reserved to the students with this major.  There is always a non-honors course offering for these topics.

           ACC 311 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
           ACC 312 Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting
           FIN 357 Business Finance
           OM 335 Operations Management
           MAN 336 Organizational Behavior
           MIS 301 Information Technology in Business
           MIS 304 Introduction to Problem Solving Programming
           MKT 337 Principles of Marketing


While we cannot guarantee that you will get every class, we work very hard with the departments and have had excellent results in getting students into the business courses they really need. In departments outside the business school, we don't have the same influence. With few exceptions, however, most instructors have been willing to help accommodate exchange students.

Brass Ring Program

International exchange students have a unique opportunity to gain actual U.S. workplace experience, build their resume, develop a business network, and earn course credit through OM 366P with the McCombs Brass Ring Program during the spring semester only. The Brass Ring Program offers teams of McCombs business students the chance to gain real-world experience by working with central Texas organizations on a semester long project. Brass Ring teams have worked on projects for organizations like Dell, NetBotz, Solectron, Applied Research Labs, IBM, BuildForge, Any Baby Can, Commemorative Brands, Applied Materials, Smarter Solutions and numerous others.

Each four-to-seven-person team works on a significant business project for six to eight hours per student per week – for class credit. One international exchange student can be accepted to each team, of which there are usually between six to eight teams per semester. Please be aware that the OM 366P Brass Ring Program course counts as one of the UT classes for the semester, and requires a significant amount of time commitment and effort to your team.  

Accepted international exchange students for the spring term will be notified via email with information on the application instructions and deadlines to apply to this unique program. To learn more, visit the Brass Ring Program Web site. WAIT to receive the information about application that will be emailed later in the semester, please do not contact the professor at this point.

Academic Integrity

International exchange students must adhere to the UT and McCombs codes of conduct and academic integrity policies during their participation on a BBA exchange program. All cases of possible scholastic dishonesty are referred to the Dean of Students' Judicial Services.

    • A “W” in the course number indicates the class is a “substantial writing component” course. These classes require more writing than most other UT courses.
    • Don’t request more than two.
    • The core or introductory courses for each business area are:
    • Disregard the fees marked under the titles of courses, and disregard the notes “restricted” and “closed.”  Restricted indicates the class is restricted to business majors, and closed means the class at the time is full, but this can change during the various add/drop periods.  If a class is marked “cancelled,” it will not be offered that semester.
    • Departmental topics courses (MAN 337, MKT 372, IB 372), list different subjects under the same course number.  For example, both “Marketing Communications” and “Customer Insights” may be offered as MKT 372.  As separate, advanced courses, it is possible to register for both.
    • To read past students’ evaluations of individual courses and instructors, and sometimes grade distribution information, visit the Center for Teaching and Learning or www.myedu.com
    • McCombs School of Business Code of Conduct
    • UT Austin Standard of Academic Integrity

    Housing

    While the BBA International Programs Office cannot find housing for incoming exchange students, we provide the following information to assist you in your search for housing. Finding housing in Austin can be very challenging, especially for the fall semester.  We encourage you to start looking early, and realize that you may need to live on a shuttle bus route, rather than within walking distance of campus. 

    Some apartment complexes will not rent to students for just one semester and prefer to rent for the entire year.  When you are searching for housing, if you are staying for just one semester specify this at the beginning of your conversation with the facility. 

    • StudyAbroadSupport.com
      StudyAbroadSupport.com is a free service designed to help international students prepare for living in Austin, Texas.  Using StudyAbroadSupport.com, you can complete almost all of your arrangements prior to your arrival, including finding and furnishing an apartment, meeting exchange and UT students, purchasing essential items such as bedding, shower curtains and cooking utensils, planning your budget and finding a roommate.  They also offer support once you are in Austin:  arrive in your new home to find your furniture and essential items waiting for you, travel on trips with other exchange students, receive gifts from your family and friends back home, and attend social gatherings planned by StudyAbroadSupport.com.  Visit their website to find out more!
    • Costs and Location
      Apartments close to campus are more expensive.  Housing costs of $600-$1000 per month for rent alone are common.  When looking for places beyond walking distance to UT, make sure it’s located on one of UT Shuttle Bus routes.  To see those routes, please go to www.utexas.edu/parking/transportation/shuttle.
    • Sub-Lease from UT students
      One of the best ways to find housing is to sub-lease from a UT student.  UT students going abroad need to find someone to stay in their apartment for a semester or year, and incoming exchange students are looking for housing near campus so this is a great benefit for everyone!   

      SubleaseCentral.com is the easiest way to find and post subleases for free. Sublets are organized so that you can find your perfect place based on a multitude of search options including number of bedrooms, price, sublease dates, amenities and much, much more!

      Once you find your sublet, you can easily pay rent online through SubleaseCentral.com and they will direct deposit it into the sublettor's account!  They'll send you a reminder email to pay when rent is due, allowing you to pay without having to go to the bank and the post office.

      Sublease your apartment, condo, or house the safe and easy way - through SubleaseCentral.com!

    • Co-ops and Dormitories
      Co-ops are often the cheapest option, which is exceptional because they are usually close to campus, and one of the best ways to meet UT students and make friends.  The “drawbacks” are that you are responsible for chores, as the cooking and cleaning are usually divided up among the residents.  Depending on the residents’ level of responsibility, co-ops might not have the standards of cleanliness you would prefer.
      www.collegehouses.org.  ICC Austin student-run housing co-operative has nine houses, www.iccaustin.coop/.  Another co-op is Deutsches Haus at 2103 Nueces St., http://studentorgs.utexas.edu/dhaus/. Dormitories

      While you are technically eligible to apply for a UT dorm, it is unlikely to get a spot.  Ninety percent of the UT dorm space is reserved for freshmen only.  The other 49,000 UT students compete for the remaining 10% of rooms.  A better choice is to try a private (non-UT) dorm; Austin’s private dormitory association has a website, www.austindorms.com.  Many exchange students stay at the Castilian or Dobie, since they are immediately next to campus, www.thecastilian.com, www.dobiecenter.com.

    • Other Housing Possibilities around Austin & Helpful Sites
      The University has compiled a very helpful listing of off-campus housing opportunities, including private dorms, co-operatives, and apartments.  You can find this listing at www.utexas.edu/student/housing/index.php?id=105.

      The International Office also has a comprehensive listing of short-term and long-term housing options: www.utexas.edu/international/isss/housing/

      UT also has a housing link that works very much like Craigslist but is for UT students only:  www.utexas.edu/provost/housing

      You can also use Craigslist, http://austin.craigslist.org/ to either look for subleases or roommates.  Use the "Sublets & Temporary" and "Rooms & Shares" listings; put in the month you plan to stay until (for example, if you’re coming for the fall, in the search field type "December", or "Dec."  This finds the subleases available through that month).  

      Austin as many apartment locator services, which provide their services free of charge.  Below are some of these services:

      Temporary Housings

      Temporary housing may be possible at the Castilian, Goodall Wooten, Hostelling International Austin, and of course at local hotels.

    • Complaints
      While most exchange students have no problem with their housing situation, there have been some less than ideal situations. The Village at Riverside apartment complex has not been recommended by previous exchange students, or the management company Ely Properties.  Complaints are made every time exchange students live in these options so please take your colleagues’ advice.

    Insurance and Immunizations

    Health Insurance

    All international students are required to purchase the UT student policy health insurance.  This will be automatically billed along with your registration administrative charge, and the cost for one semester, student only, is approximately $600.  You may request exemption prior to coming to Austin by completing the Insurance Waiver form proving adequate coverage.

    If exchange students plan to use insurance from home, your policy coverage must meet all the coverage requirements listed on the Health Insurance Waiver Form and the form must be signed by your insurance company. The International Office will accept NO EXCEPTIONS. Students should also bring a copy of their policy. 

    For additional information about the health insurance requirements or plan coverage, visit the Web sites below:

    Immunization Records

    Upon arrival to Austin, international exchange students will have to present their immunization records and take the TB and Vaccination History Form (below) to the University Health Services, Allergy / Immunization Clinic located on the second floor of the Student Services building (SSB), and go through tuberculin screening. If a tuberculin skin test is required, it costs about $80. Please note the tuberculin skin test must be administered in the U.S.!

    Students will be advised on any immunizations needed to be able to register (MMR, meningococcal). These immunization records are required of all students who register at UT for the first time.   There is a fee charged for any immunizations administered by UHS.

    Students will be advised on any immunizations needed to be able to register (MMR, meningococcal). These immunization records are required of all students who register at UT for the first time.   There is a fee charged for any immunizations administered by UHS.

    For more information on medical requirements for international students, visit the University Health Services Web site at http://www.healthyhorns.utexas.edu/internationalstudents.html

    Immigration Briefing and Check-in

    Also after arrival in Austin, international exchange students will have to attend a 75 minute Immigration Briefing and Check-In at the International Office as part of the Orientation activities.  Students sign up in advance for these sessions online.

    Orientation and Arrival Information

    Exchange Student Fact Sheet

    BBA international exchange students studying at McCombs for the semester are encouraged to attend orientation activities, campus tours, shopping trips, and city tours coordinated by the UT International Office. However, all BBA exchange students are required to attend the McCombs international exchange student orientation including advising and registration appointments.

      Arrival Information

      International exchange students will be required to enter their flight information in an online portal. Your UT EID will be required to access the system.

      Airport Transfer

      Upon acceptance, exchange students will receive an email from the BBA International Programs office with an electronic voucher for a one-way shuttle service from the airport to your Austin place of residence or hotel.

      Meals

      International exchange students have a variety of dining options to choose from on campus and around Austin.

      On-Campus Dining Facilities

      Bevo Bucks

      Bevo Bucks is the easy-to-use, cashless form of payment accessible through the student ID Card. Bevo Bucks is a prepaid account that students use to purchase food, goods and services at participating locations, both on and off campus.

      Restaurants on the "Drag"

      A wide selection of restaurants are located next to campus on Guadalupe Street, known to the locals as "The Drag."

      Grocery Stores Close To Campus

      • H-E-B: The closest big grocery store to UT campus is HEB located at the Hancock Center at the corner of 41st Street and Red River; H-E-B sell food items in addition to toiletries, kitchen items, hair dryers, and small electronics. By bus:  RR (Red River) UT shuttle, or #10 South 1st/Red River city bus. By car: East on Dean Keaton, take left onto Red River, go until 41st
      • Wheatsville Food Co-Op : Located close to campus at 3103 Guadalupe Street, this small grocery store is known for its locally-grown organic foods. By bus:  #1L, #1M, #22; By car: From the campus area, go north on Guadalupe. Store is on the right, between 31st and 32 streets.

      Austin Food to Experience

      • Tex-Mex Food (breakfast tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas, guacamole) - Guerro’s, Hula Hut, Chuy’s, Trudy’s
      • Texas BBQ (ribs, sausage, brisket, cole slaw, potato salad, peach cobbler) - Salt Lick, Ruby’s BBQ
      • Austin Favorites: Magnolia Café, Hyde Park Grill, Kerbey Lane, Trudy’s, Eastside Café, Texadelphia, Amy’s Ice Cream, Mozart’s Coffeehouse
      • Whole Food Market (6th Street and Lamar)
      • South Congress "First Thursdays" 

      Restaurant Guides

      Get Involved

      There are several ways for international exchange students to get connected and involved at McCombs, at UT and in Austin. We encourage students to take full advantage of all the campus resources, student organizations, UT traditions, and other opportunities to have an enriching experience in the U.S. and at UT.

      Buddy Program

      Make instant friends by getting assigned to a "family group" with UT students who have studied abroad or will be studying abroad at our partner schools and who are here to make your Austin and UT experience an enjoyable and enriching one. Learn more.

      Global Ambassadors Program

      Help promote study abroad to UT students by becoming a Global Ambassador. As an exchange student, this is a great opportunity to talk about your experience being an international student in the U.S. (cultural differences and observations); introduce your country, culture and customs to students; and talk about academic and student life at your home university. Learn more.

      Student Organizations

      With over 900 registered student organizations at UT, including 30 organizations at McCombs, it's easy to find the right one for you. There are organizations for every interest and focus, including: international/cultural, social, professional, recreational, special interests, sports, religious, service, and political. Learn more.

      Academic Training

      International exchange students on a J-1 visa are able to seek short-term academic training opportunities such as internships, employment or research related to their field of study upon completion of their study abroad semester at UT. Students are allowed to participate in academic training for a period not to exceed the amount of time they were enrolled as a student at UT. Learn more.

       

      U.S. Culture and Travel Resources

      The following cultural adjustment and travel resources are designed to help international exchange students transition into U.S. culture and life.