University of Texas Austin

University of Texas Austin Overview

Swansea University currently has a University-wide agreement in place with the University of Texas Austin, and it is one of the University's strategic partners.

Founded in 1883, the University of Texas at Austin is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System, which includes nine universities and six health institutions.

Located in the heart of Austin, the university is a 350-acre main campus with 17 colleges and schools, about 24,000 faculty and staff and more than 50,000 students. The campus is home to the Harry Ransom Center (home to one of the world's largest collections of Dylan Thomas' papers and manuscripts), a state-of-the-art Student Activity Centre, Perry Castaneda Library (housing 2.5 million volumes) and the Blanton Museum of Fine Art - the largest university art museum in the US.

The university has been ranked as one of the top 20 public universities in the US (U.S. News & World Report).

Subject Suitability

This destination is an option for students studying American Studies, English Language, English Literature, Media Studies, Political and Cultural Studies, Geography, Law, Economics, Marketing, Psychology and the following Engineering disciplines: Aerospace, Civil, Chemical, Electrical, Materials, Mechanical and Medical.

Please note that places and availability can change annually so specific destinations can’t be guaranteed.

Key Information


Semester 1 (Fall) 2018 Semester 2 (Spring) 2019

Friday August 17th - International Student Orientation

Wednesday August 29th - Fall Classes Begin

Wednesday December 19th - End of semester

To be confirmed 

For more detailed information about key dates please visit

Application Deadline: 01/03/2018


Living expenses can vary from $1,400 to $1,900 per month depending on individual lifestyle. 

Additionally, you will need initial funds beyond these estimates to set up your housing arrangements – usually in the form of deposits and set-up fees.

Minimum Annual Living Expenses: $1,458 per month for 12 months = $17,500 

Health Insurance: all reciprocal exchange students in J-1 visa status and an accompanying dependents (spouse/children) are required to purchase the UT health insurance, which meets both the U.S. Department of State and the The University of Texas at Austin requirements. Students are enrolled in the UT insurance plan automatically and this requirement cannot be waived.


Once you know that you will attend UT Austin as an exchange student, you should begin researching and arranging housing as early as possible. Housing, especially within walking distance of UT, is limited. To begin your search, click on the Housing in Austin website and research short-term/temporary and long-term housing options.

Exchange students attending UT Austin usually choose from three types of housing: co-operative houses (co-ops), private dormitories, and apartments. Some exchange students live in UT dormitories, but it is important to apply early to have the best chance of securing a place.

  • Though on-campus dormitory space is limited, the need for safe, convenient dormitory space in Austin is filled by several off-campus private dormitories. Dormitories and co-ops are located within walking distance of the UT campus and offer double (shared) and some single (private) rooms for both men and women students. Often dorms and co-ops serve meals (Goodall Wooten dormitory does not) and include the cost of a meal plan in their prices. Most offer amenities such as swimming pools, exercise rooms, computer labs, and planned social activities. Many exchange students enjoy dorms and co-ops because group living provides a community of university students, with opportunities to make friends and participate in shared activities. Here a list of the dormitories and co-ops: the CastilianDobie CenterGoodall-Wooten and Hardin House.
  • Living in on-campus UT dormitories, owned and operated by UT Division of Housing and Food Services, is available for international students. Priority is given to freshmen. Apply as early as possible (no later than May 1) as spaces are limited. For on-campus housing, contact: Division of Housing and Food Services, (512) 471-3136. UT dormitories are rarely an option for exchange students because rooms are reserved far in advance and are offered primarily to first year students. Homestays with families in the Austin community are not available. Exchange students attending UT usually choose from three types of housing: co-operative houses (co-ops), private dormitories, and apartments.
  • Some exchange students live in private apartments in the Austin community. To research private apartments, neighbourhoods, leases and other pertinent information, look at the housing links available through the Around Austin website off the UT main page. Make sure that the apartment you choose is on a UT shuttle bus or Capital Metro bus line.
  • Officially affiliated with UT, the University Apartments are also known as "family housing." Family housing offers inexpensive off-campus UN-furnished apartments for single and married students and are available on a limited basis. University Apartments are limited to students who are enrolled full-time at UT. For more information, see the University Apartments website.

Find more about International Housing here

Texas Strategic Partnership Bursary - £1200

This bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad at one of our partner universities in Texas as part of their degree.  The International Development Office provides students with a £1200 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork. Students in receipt of  BAFTX or Erasmus+ funding will not be eligible for this bursary. 

The British American Foundation of Texas (BAFTX) was established to help provide financial assistance and educational opportunities to academically-gifted students in the United Kingdom and the United States. It offers a dedicated scholarship programme to Swansea University students participating in the University's reciprocal exchange programme with Texas A&M University, UT Austin and the University of Houston. Scholarships for 2018-19 are worth up to $5,000.

The closing date for BAFTX applications is 31st March.

For more information about and to download an application form, please visit

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Above you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.