Full Name of University:
Texas State University
Number of Utrecht Network semesters you can accept during 2017/18 (not students):
General University Website:
International Office/Website for Incoming Students:
http://www.studyabroad.txstate.edu/ (Study Abroad Office)
Contact person for incoming and outgoing students:
Oleksandra Sehin, PhD
Coordinator, International Affairs & Study Abroad Office
Thornton International House
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666-4616
Application website. If paper only, please write “paper only.”
On-line application as well as Pr-Acceptance and Post-Acceptance Steps can be fount at http://www.studyabroad.txstate.edu/VISITING-INTERNATIONAL-STUDENTS.html
How does the application and admissions process differ for undergraduate versus graduates?
Final admission decisions are made by the Dean of the Graduate College. For most programs, an admission decision will follow within three to four weeks from the time all application materials have been received. The number of applicants for a particular program influences the response time for decisions. After an application decision has been made, the applicant will receive an email notification from the Office of the Graduate College.
NOTE: The Graduate College requirements are very specific and may take longer to gather (e.g. notarized and translated documents).
Other important notes
Areas of study open to undergraduate exchange students (list explicitly)
All areas are open to exchange students. The undergraduate exchange students can choose courses from almost 100 bachelor's degrees and in the various areas of study, which include:
Agriculture & Food Science
Health Professions & Human Services
Humanities & Social Sciences
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
Visual & Performing Arts
More information about academic opportunities, please visit http://www.admissions.txstate.edu/academics.html
Are graduate areas open for exchange?
Areas of study open to graduate exchange students (list explicitly)
All areas are open to graduate exchange students:
For more detailed information about Graduate Degree Programs, please visit http://mycatalog.txstate.edu/graduate/majors/
Can advanced undergraduate students take graduate level courses?
Can graduate student take undergraduate level courses?
Yes. Graduate students with an F1 visa can take undergraduate level courses as long as they maintain full-time status at Texas State University. However, this option is not recommended as each graduate program has specific requirements. For credit transferability and other questions, graduate students will need to speak with their graduate academic advisor at Texas State.
Areas of study restricted to prior bilateral agreements between exchange departments or faculties
Areas of study not available to exchange students
No restrictions; however, all students must meet academic prerequisites
Websites for course offerings
Required minimum and maximum number of credits available through the exchange
For both undergraduate & graduate
Undergraduate: A minimum of 12 and a maximum of 15 undergraduate credit hours
Graduate: students must enroll in 9 graduate credit hours
Are summer courses available as exchange (non fee-paying)?
If so, please provide summer school website.
Do students register for classes in advance or upon arrival?
If students coming to Texas State University complete all registration requirements early, they may register for classes prior to arrival. Otherwise, students must register for classes upon arrival. The Study Abroad Office assists students with registration and obtaining the overrides for closed classes, if needed.
Exchange students are required to upload to their application a proof of Proficiency in the English language that can be demonstrated by one of the following:
TOEFL iBT – 78 (with minimum scores of 19 on each subsection and 18 or higher on writing section)
TOEFL PBT – 550
Cambridge IELTS – 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 score in all sections)
Letter of Evaluation from your institution certifying the university level English proficiency of the candidates
Language test certificate required?
If so, which and when: before admission or upon arrival?
Same as above
Preparatory language course for incoming students?
Indicate dates and costs
Intensive English language courses are available to Utrecht students at no additional cost, so long as these courses are part of their academic load. Course registration and examination dates are the same as the dates indicated in the academic calendar of Texas State University.
Are there any special advising or registrations concerns that students should be aware of? Are services available to assist in registration or course selection?
Students must submit a completed health form. The health form must be approved/cleared before they can be registered.
The exchange students must select the courses on their own and complete and upload the Course Selection Form for Texas State Study Abroad Office. The Study Abroad Office provides assistance with getting approvals from the departments, overrides (if needed) but the exchange students need to register on their own.
Application deadline for each term
Application deadline for Spring semester ( January - May) – October 1st
Application deadline for Fall semester (August - December) - March 21st
Please list exact dates
First day of class and last day of final exams: August 28th - December 15th
Fall 2017: December 8th – 15th
Spring 2018: May 8th – 14th
If there is a break between the academic course calendar and exams, can arrangements be made so the student may take exams early?
(i.e. semester ends in December and exams are late January).
Exams starts just after the last day of classes
Orientation session(s) for incoming students
Is it mandatory, indicate dates and costs
After arrival, exchange students have to attend the Welcome Meeting sponsored by the SAO and International Student Resource Fair Student Orientation sponsored by the International Office at Texas State.
Fall 2017: Mid-August (Usually one week before school starts). This information will be posted on the SAO website and students will be notified by email as well.
Spring 2018: Early January (Usually one week before school starts). This information will be posted on the SAO website and students will be notified by email as well.
Course registration deadline
Spring semester : Late registration begins January 5th and ends January 15th
Fall semester: Late registration begins August 11th and ends August 24th
For a complete list and exact deadlines visit the Texas State Academic calendar:
Total cost estimates per month in US Dollars
(broken down below)
$2,500 - $4,500 per semester depending on the selected accommodation
A) For students living on-campus and with a meal plan, expect to spend approximately $1,300 per semester, $250 per month.
B) For students without a meal plan, expect to spend $500 approximately each month.
$600 per semester
There are two bus systems available: The Bobcat Trams which has routes around campus and to various parts of San Marcos, and the CARTS city bus system of San Marcos. Both are free for students with their student ID cards.
Texas State University has a health insurance requirement for international students that must be met each semester. All international students on non-immigrant visas are required by university policy to have health insurance coverage while enrolled in classes at Texas State.
Exchange students are required to purchased the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health insurance plan endorsed by the university. There is no option to submit a waiver for the exchange students.
$700 approximately each semester
(please indicate and specify any mandatory additional fees)
Exchange students are required to pay an International Operations Fee of $60 each semester.
Is comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed/not allowed?
If not, please include fees in “other” field above.
Exchange students can use their home country health insurance only as an additional form of coverage but they are still required to purchase the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Insurance Plan endorsed by the Texas State University.
Housing and Student Life
Is housing assistance available? How do students apply, and is it guaranteed?
Yes. Students can choose from on-campus (dorms) or off-campus accommodations. The Study Abroad Office assists with the on-campus accommodations and
If students are interested to live on campus, they have to select three residential hall preferences and complete Housing Preference Form section on their Incoming Exchange Application form. However, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantees a room in one of the selected accommodations. To view all housing options and rates, please visit http://www.reslife.txstate.edu/livingoptions/options/chart.html
Students can also arrange their own accommodation off-campus.
Students can live in university apartments or dorms with private or shared rooms. Students can also arrange their own accommodation off-campus.
Housing Website and Contact Person(s)
Contact person for on-campus accommodation:
Coordinator, Housing Contracts and Assignments
Housing and Residential Life
Texas State University
Contact person for off-campus accommodation:
Margaret A. Yackel
Coordinator, Housing and Residential Life
Please list housing application deadline.
Students apply for on-campus housing with their regular application.
Students will be informed about housing application dates once they have been admitted by Texas State University.
What kinds of health facilities are available at the university?
Students who need medical assistance can visit the Student Health Center on campus.
Are internships available?
Are student jobs available/allowed?
Yes. Student jobs are available on-campus only. Students are allowed to work up to twenty hours per week.
The best way to find an on-campus job is to go to the Career Services website. The exchange students cannot apply for Work-Study positions because those are for U.S. citizens who have been granted financial aid, but they may apply for Regular Wage jobs.
Meningitis vaccine: Texas House Bill 4189 requires that any incoming new student who lives on campus must either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining such a vaccination before they can live on campus. Students will not receive a housing assignment until the Department of Housing and Residential Life receive one of the required documentation. Student will also need the vaccination to be able to register for classes. Priority date for assignment will be the date that all documentation has been received. For more information, visit the Texas State Health Center website:
Texas State University is located in San Marcos, Texas, a fast-growing city between Austin and San Antonio. For more information about the City of San Marcos, please visit its website: http://www.ci.san-marcos.tx.us/