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You're Admitted, What's Next? - International Students

Ready to move forward with enrolling at UTSA? UTSA provides a variety of student services to help students prepare for their transition. Refer to this checklist as you take the final steps to becoming a Roadrunner.

How to obtain an I-20 or DS 2019 Form

For students seeking an F1/J1 visa, there are additional requirements in order to receive an I-20/DS-2019 Form. You must review the F1/J1 requirements.
  Please note that your admission to UTSA will not guarantee issuance of an I-20/DS-2019 Form.

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International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation is mandatory for all international students, and you must register to attend.  To register and learn more about orientation, please visit the International Student Services Orientation webpage.

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English Language Assessment (ELAP)

Any international student who does not have a waiver and who scores less than 100 on the internet based TOEFL (Paper TOEFL-600, IELTS-7) must participate in the English Language Assessment Program (ELAP). Registration for this assessment takes place during Orientation. Outcome of the assessment may determine placement in one or more ESL courses during the first semester of enrollment.

» Visit ASAP website to view holds

» Visit ELAP website

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Entering students may be required to take placement exams to determine the level of college coursework they will enroll in for their first semester. In addition, students who have not yet met Texas Success Initiative requirements, as outlined by the State of Texas, may also be required to take additional exams before registering for classes.

» View Testing website    » Check your required testing requirements

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Living on campus can be an important part of the college experience. With several different on-campus housing options, students can find the best environment for them. Application for Spring semester housing is available during the fall semester. Students admitted for summer and fall terms can begin the applying for housing in mid-January.

» View Housing website    » Apply for on Campus Housing

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Academic Advising

Admitted transfer students are able to schedule a meeting with their academic advisor once they have been admitted. Freshmen and freshmen transfer students will attend academic advising sessions during their scheduled orientation.

» Listing of Academic Advising Centers

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Texas residency requirements for tuition purposes

International students are expected to pay out-of-state tuition; however, the Texas Higher Education Coordinator Board has outlined some rules whereby an international student may qualify as a Texas resident for tuition purposes to pay the in-state tuition rate.  Please visit for more information.  Residency forms can be submitted to The Office of The Registrar, UTSA, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio TX 78249.

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Final Document Submission

All students with courses in progress are required to submit final transcripts prior to their enrollment. Admitted freshmen are required to submit their final high school transcript reflecting their graduation date or completion of high school that has been determined equivalent to a U.S. high school graduation, as applicable.  Admitted transfers must submit final transcripts for any work in progress.

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View our Scholarship Information.

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Student Health: Immunization

TB Screening:
International students are required by UTSA to have a tuberculosis (TB) skin test or chest x-ray performed and read within 90 days prior to registration. The results must be read by a physician or nurse licensed to practice in the United States of America (USA). The TB test may be obtained from the Student Health Services clinic (RWC 1.500) for a charge and must be completed prior to registering for classes. Students who do not complete this test will not be allowed to register for classes. A student with positive results must have proof of appropriate follow-up and treatment and a confirmatory report submitted to Student Health Services.

Immunization Requirements:
All entering college and university students are required to show proof of an initial Meningococcal Meningitis vaccination or a booster dose within five years from the first day of the school semester. They must get the vaccine at least 10 days before the semester begins.

This is a Texas state law. New students will not be allowed to register for classes until they have had the immunization.

To learn more, visit the UTSA Student Health Services website for details and action steps.

Note: This requirement must be completed at least 10 days before the semester start date. The spring semester begins on January 13, 2013. Students must submit required documents to UTSA Student Health Services by January 3, 2013.

Contact UTSA Student Health Services at (210) 458-4142 or Email Student Health Services.

Visit the Student Health Services Website.

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Mandatory Student Health Insurance

Mandatory Student Health Insurance:
The University of Texas Board of Regents requires that all international students holding a non-immigrant visa status must maintain approved comprehensive health insurance coverage while enrolled at the The University of Texas at San Antonio.

International students will be automatically enrolled in the UT System student health insurance plan at the time of registration, unless evidence of comparable coverage has been furnished to the Office of International Programs and approved through a waiver process.


View Health Insurance Information.

Email the International Student Health Insurance Advisor.

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