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New Students Information

An Overview of Online Learning at UTA

This information is specifically for new international students who do not reside in the United States and are taking all their courses online:

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Texas Arlington! International students provide so many social, cultural and intellectual contributions to UTA. By enrolling at one of the most diverse universities in the United States, your classes will soon introduce you to faculty and students from across the US, and around the world.

We understand that online learning might be a new experience for many of you, and there may be an adjustment period as you get used to a different learning environment. To help with that transition, the Office of International Education has created this section of our website to provide helpful resources and information that should help you begin your academic career positively.

Our team of International Education advisors are also available to answer any questions you may have as it relates to your future F-1 student status in the U.S. and at UTA. The best way to contact an advisor is to email You can also call the Office of International Education at (817) 272-2355 from 8am – 5pm CST, or leave a message outside of office hours.

Welcome to the Maverick family, and please let us know how we can assist you on your journey.

Orientation Requirements for Online Students

New Maverick Orientation is designed to welcome you to UTA and answer many questions you have about being a UTA student. New online international students will be required to complete a series of online modules before you can register for classes. Additionally, you will attend a two-hour live orientation where you’ll meet fellow students and members of the UTA community. Please click the following link to register for orientation and complete the online modules: Register for Orientation here.

Please note that academic departments require that international students also attend their orientations before being allowed to register for classes. You will receive communication from your academic college if this applies to you.

Removing Academic Holds

With the exception of the International hold (INT) and the academic advising hold (DEP), all other holds will be removed at the time of acceptance of the Online Enrollment Agreement. The holds removed will be: Bacterial Meningitis (BAM), Health Center (HCF, HCR), and Domestic Address (RBA). The International hold will be released when you complete the Pre-orientation Modules online. Your Academic Advising hold will be removed once you have met with your academic advisor.

Meet with an Advisor

Our academic advisors are invaluable partners to our new students and will help you navigate the Spring 2021 landscape and the options being made available to you.

Undergraduate students can schedule an appointment with the advisor in their major department. Advising offices by major, can be found here. All incoming freshman should be seen by an advisor in the Division of Student Success. Request an advising appointment at

Graduate students should contact the advisor in their college. Advisor contact information can be found here.

If there are additional holds, advisors can direct you to the department or person who can help. Academic advisors are committed to protecting the health and safety of the campus community. Many advisors are working remotely and are currently communicating with students via email and Microsoft Teams.

Online Courses For International Students Outside the US

You may view a full list of Spring 2021 courses that can be taken online by international students who are outside the US, and download a PDF version of the course list here:

Tuition and Fees

Students studying online from their home country will pay a tuition rate similar to that of online courses. Only students who have verified that they are outside the US are eligible for international distance education tuition & fees. More detailed cost information can be found in the International Distance Education tuition estimate.

Enrollment Requirements and Arriving in the US

New international students who have been admitted and have submitted the necessary financial documents will be offered the option to enroll online for the Spring 2021 term from their home country.

All new online overseas international students must take Section 900 courses only. Eligible students must submit the “Online Overseas Decision Form” in MyMav and then read and accept the Spring 2021 Online Overseas Agreement (also in MyMav) in order to take Section 900 courses. Submission of this agreement will indicate that you understand that an I-20 will be issued with a Spring 2021 program start date.

New international students (outside of the US) do not have typical enrollment requirements as they relate to their immigration status. Typical enrollment requirements will happen when you actually arrive into the US. By law, new students can enter the US up to 30 days before the actual program start date indicated on their I-20 (first day of classes).

GPA and Credit Hours

Good Academic Standing is defined differently for graduate and undergraduate students and may affect a student's ability to register for a subsequent term, ability to receive scholarships, fellowships or assistantships, and eligibility for graduation. Generally speaking, undergraduate students must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and graduate students a 3.0 GPA to be in good academic standing. For more information, please see:

For information about how your GPA is calculated at UTA, please see:

Keys to Online Learning

As an international student who is starting your academic career at UTA online, we understand that this new educational environment may present challenges and opportunities that you haven’t experienced before. To succeed, it is important that you develop an effective plan to manage online learning. The Office of International Education would like to help by sharing this Keys to Online Learning Success guide with you. Should you need technical assistance, please utilize the student section of UTA remote:

The US Higher Education System

Learning about the US Higher Education System is one of the most important things you can do to be successful at UTA. Depending on where you are from, you may encounter substantial differences in teaching and learning styles, expectations from professors, how you are evaluated, and much more. To help you overcome these challenges, the Office of International Education has created this guide to the US Higher Education System. We hope this, and our Keys to Online Learning document, will get you started on a path to success.