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The University of Texas at Austin

As an exchange student, there are a few things you need to know about going to the University of Texas Austin. Learn more about the location, the courses and student life! 

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at the University of Texas Austin!


One of the largest single-campus universities in the USA, the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is a major centre for research. Faculty staff include Nobel, Pulitzer and Wolf prize winners, while sports, sororities and fraternities play large roles in campus life.


The campus is located in the centre of Austin but is its own city with museums, 100,119 seater American football stadium, multipurpose sports arena, indoor and outdoor pools.

The city is situated on the banks of the Colorado River in Central Texas. This part of Texas is also known as the Hill Country and is characterised by lakes and streams, making it a beautiful place to live and study. Austin is known for its vibrant cultural scene including art exhibitions and its numerous local festivals.

Austin’s central location makes it a perfect base to explore the rest of Texas and the neighbouring states.

Explore life at UT Austin!

Level of competitiveness

Non-Law bilateral agreement: Competitive **

Law bilateral agreement: Very competitive ***

The level of competitiveness (Less competitive * / Competitive ** / Very competitive ***) refers to one's chances of being allocated an exchange space at this partner. This is an approximation determined by the number of applications received for this destination during the last academic year versus the total number of exchange spaces available to Queen Mary students. 

Academic Calendar

Semester 1: August to December

Semester 2: January to May

More information on important dates can be found on the University of Texas Austin's academic calendar.


This opportunity is not available to Queen Mary students studying within either our School of Business and Management or our School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science.


Taking classes at UT Austin has some considerations specific to exchange students. The Academic Planning for Exchange Students webpage details some things to keep in mind.

Students enrolled on a degree managed by the School of Politics and International Relations exchange may have the chance to do an internship connected to The Texas State Capitol which is situated in downtown Austin within close proximity to UT Austin. Instead of taking four modules per semester, students would take three modules per semester plus the placement.

Students reading a Film-related degree programme may have the opportunity to connect with The Austin Film Society. Students have previously been able to volunteer to help during the South by Southwest Festival, which takes place in Austin in March each year.


4 modules per semester totalling 12 credits per semester.

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


Students typically live in an on-campus residence hall or dormitory, a private dormitory, cooperative house or university apartment. Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. Students are advised to begin researching and arranging their accommodation once they know they will be attending UT as an exchange student.

Information on housing can be found on the webpage Housing in Austin.

Cost of Living

Approximate living costs per semester:

  • Return flight from UK (av. 10 hours): £500-1000
  • Visa costs: $160
  • Health insurance approximately $1200 per semester (subject to change)
  • Accommodation: approx. $6,000 per semester (includes room, meals, internet, laundary, sales tax)
  • 'Co-op' accommodation: approx. $2,800-$4,000 per semester
  • Living expences: can vary from $1,400 to $1,900 per month depending on individual lifestyle

Support Services

For information on accessibility, please visit the University of Texas Austin's webpage for Services for Students with Disabilities.

Social Media

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Additional Resources

UT Austin - Exchange Fact Sheet [PDF 90KB]