International Student and Scholar Services

Center for International Education

First Steps After Admission

All prospective international students, regardless of immigration status, must first apply for admission to the university.

Undergraduate student admissions is handled by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Graduate student admissions is handled by the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Once You Are Admitted

Once an offer of admission has been made by the university, CIE will issue an I-20 or DS-2019. These forms are the official documentation from the university that is used to apply for your student visa.

Before CIE may issue your I-20 or DS-2019, you must submit the Confirmation of Financial Resources, original bank statements or letters from your financial institution, and a copy of the bio page of your passport. Documents must be submitted through your iVols account, and you will receive more information after you have been officially admitted.

For specific details on what financial documents or statements are accepted by UT, please review the Estimate of Expenses page.

If you do not have sufficient funds or we have not received your financial documents, we will notify you. Please remember that other than graduate assistantships, on-campus student employment is not guaranteed and should not be seen as a significant means of support while at the university. Potential income from regular student worker positions cannot be used as a basis of financial support on the Confirmation of Financial Resources form.

If you have questions about applying for a visa, obtaining housing, or registering for classes, please read our Student Handbook. If you have any questions regarding your financial documents, please email

Scholarship Opportunities There are limited scholarship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate international students at UT . Please note that international students are NOT eligible for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please refer to the One Stop website for more information on UT scholarships.

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