Information for new graduate students
(International students: see additional information below.)
Welcome to the UT Austin Department of Mathematics. We are delighted to have you join our department.
When you get to Austin, check in with Elisa Armendariz in RLM 8.144 at your scheduled appointment time. She will have important orientation information and paperwork for you. You may also wish to say hello to the Graduate Adviser, in RLM 8.146 (inside the Mathematics Department main office suite).
Our Graduate Adviser has advised all PhD students by phone prior to registration for classes for the Fall semester. Actuarial students will be advised by Dr. Mark Maxwell. Note that this schedule for advising is only applicable to new graduate students. Advising for current students occurs at a different time (which is also announced via departmental email).
A very important part of your early Ph.D. program here will be the prelim exams. Please review this section carefully and be prepared to discuss any questions or concerns during advising.
For detailed information on the various forms of financial support offered by the department, see the Financial Information page.
As a new graduate student, it will also be very helpful for you to review the Graduate School's website for new and current students.
Orientation schedules for the College of Natural Sciences and the Mathematics Department can be found here. It is very important that you attend all of the Department's orientation presentations.
Additional information specifically for international students
You should have received a Welcome Packet from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), and you should be in contact with them regarding the requirements for you to study at UT Austin. They maintain an excellent website for new graduate students.
You will need to sign up for the ISSS Immigration Briefing & Check-in (IBC), which is required for all new international students. You cannot register for classes until you have attended this session (this will show up as an "I bar" if you try to register prior to attending the IBC session).
Some international students may be required to take an English screening test before being allowed to register (this will show up as a "J bar" when you try to register). For more information visit the J bar website.
To be eligible for a TA or AI appointment, international students must receive the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) English certification. You will have to pass an Oral English Assesment and attend a half-day workshop. For more information visit the ITA website.