Visiting UT

Visiting UT

Are you an exploratory visitor to the program or maybe a visiting scholar? Are you interested in becoming a student in digital media at UT throught the UT|Portugal program? This section will give you all the necessary resources and define the steps you need to take to enroll at UT!

There are several categories of visitors to our program. See below for the one that best describes your situation.

Exploratory visitor/Visiting Scholar

This option is extended to students accepted into the Digital Media programs of the University of Porto and Nova University in Lisbon.  The purpose of your trip is to prepare an eventual long stay in Austin to complete/enhance your research for a longer duration. During this stay you will meet faculty and current students, take a look around at what UT has to offer to better understand how your research efforts can enhance the research aims of the UT|Portugal Digital Media Program.

Some general benefits:

  • Your stay is up to 10 calendar days
  • Your airfare, airport transportation and hotel stay is funded by TIPI
  • We provide desk space and wifi access for your stay

What you need to do or provide

  • Written request to sharon.strover@austin.utexas.edu for an exploratory visit. Include the program you are currently enrolled in Portugal, your advisor’s name (as applicable), research topic and interests along with proposed travel dates
  • After securing approval, please email cecilia.garrec@austin.utexas.edu with a copy of the approval along with your exact travel dates
  • Register for an EID number (University of Texas Electronic Identity). You will need this number for all business done at UT Austin including access to library services, computer and recreational facilities and the bus system.  Please go to the below listed website and create and EID (electronic Identification) https://idmanager.its.utexas.edu/eid_self_help/   See the link to the left "Get a UT EID"  Please note the restrictions on creating your EID. The name associated with the EID number should be the same one as on your passport
  • Provide proof of insurance coverage.  The least expensive and most efficient option is to obtain health insurance from your home country.   You can get more information here about the insurance coverage offered by UT Austin if you do not have insurance provided by your home country.  http://world.utexas.edu/isss/insurance/vs-uhcsr
  • Apply for a tourist visa (ESTA – Electronic System for Travel Authorization) for your travel to Austin, Texas

What happens next

  • We will contact you with your room reservation
  • You will receive an email asking you to contact our travel agency to arrange for your flight.
  • We will send you confirmation for a pick-up to and from the airport.
  • You should begin to set up meeting with faculty or researchers at UT in your area of interest.
  • Upon your arrival and after you are rested, please contact Sharon Strover by email to arrange for an initial meeting to plan your stay accordingly.

Visiting Researcher

The purpose of your trip is to undertake meaningful research during your long stay (three months up to one year, typically) in Austin with UT Austin faculty. During this stay you will meet faculty and current students, engage in research, audit classes (as necessary or desired) and enhance the research aims of the UT|Portugal Digital Media Program. Researchers in this category are usually those who have already made substantial progress in developing your research plan. You are required to hold a standard J-1 scholar visa.  We strongly recommend that you time your stay in order to be here at the beginning of the fall or spring long semester.

The process for applying for Visiting Researcher status is somewhat complex and includes UT Austin as well as US Department of State procedures.

Some general benefits:

  • Your stay is up to 1 year.
  • Your airfare, airport transportation and hotel stay is funded by your home funding organization in Portugal.
  • We can arrange for and fund a stay in a local hotel for up to 3 days until you have found accommodation.
  • We provide desk space for your stay.

What you need to do or provide

  • Written request to sharon.strover@austin.utexas.edu for status as a visiting researcher. Include the program you are currently enrolled in Portugal, your advisor’s name, research topic and interests along with proposed travel dates
  • Register for an EID number (University of Texas Electronic Identity). You will need this number for all business done at UT Austin including access to library services, computer and recreational facilities and the bus system. Please go to the below listed website and create and EID (electronic Identification) https://idmanager.its.utexas.edu/eid_self_help/   See the link to the left "Get a UT EID."  Please note the restrictions on creating your EID. The name associated with the EID number should be the same one as on your passport

After securing approval, please email cecilia.garrec@austin.utexas.edu a copy of the approval along with the following documents in English:

  • Your home address and phone number
  • Your home institution in Portugal
  • Date of Birth
  • CV
  • Short statement of your research topic
  • English proficiency form.  https://world.utexas.edu/io/forms/isss/J-1_english_proficiency_form.pdf
  • Proof of funding (minimum of $1425/month for the researcher, $725 for a spouse and $300 for each child). Proof includes a letter of financial support from your funding agency, your bank or sponsor or a copy of your personal bank statement with the total amount of funds needed for the duration of your stay
  • EID number
  • Provide proof of insurance coverage.  The least expensive and most efficient option is to obtain health insurance form your home country.   You can get more information here about the insurance coverage offered by UT Austin if you do not have insurance provided by your home country.  http://world.utexas.edu/isss/insurance/vs-uhcsr
  • After receiving the documentation (see below) from our offices Apply for a J-1 visa for your travel to Austin, Texas.

What happens next

  • We will send you your initial invitation letter which will be followed up by an offer letter which you will need to sign and scan back to our offices
  • You will receive an email from the ISSS office (International Student and Scholar Services) asking you to complete a document (background Check form) used for security purposes
  • Our department will submit all necessary paperwork to UT Human resources.
  • After approval of your dossier and a wait time of up to 2 months, you will receive notification, the DS-2019 form, that will detail that the University is your visa sponsor allowing you to apply for your visa
  • After you have arranged your flight information, please contact cecilia.garrec@austin.utexas.edu to have your hotel reservation made for you should you need this.
  • Upon your arrival and after you are rested, please contact Sharon Strover by email to arrange for an initial meeting to plan your research accordingly
  • Within 30 days of your arrival, you will have to attend an orientation session at the ISSS and complete a 3 module compliance training
  • This linked document provides useful information all various subjects pertinent to visiting researchers: http://world.utexas.edu/isss/forms

Becoming an enrolled doctoral student at UT

We currently do not offer dual-degree programs with the Portuguese universities and UT Austin. You can enroll at UT by meeting the normal graduate admission requirements in the department most suited to your interests.  You must meet their admissions requirements; be aware that the courses you take in Portugal have no formal equivalents here at UT, but they may or may not apply to your degree at UT. As such, should you decide to enroll in a program here, you will need to satisfy all requirements in order to graduate with a UT degree. There are many separate degree programs that may be interesting to students studying Digital Media.  Radio-TV-Film, Journalism, the School of Information, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and some of the departments in Fine Arts may interest you.  More information about digital media  degrees can be found here http://rtf.utexas.edu/  or on the departmental websites of other degree programs at UT.