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Academic Calendar

See here for the UTSA academic calendar for the coming semesters:
Important notes on dates:
  • International student orientation occurs approximately one week before the start of classes.
  • Final orientation dates will be sent to accepted students.
  • Students must stay on-campus until their last exam is taken.
  • Final exam dates and times are at the discretion of the UTSA professor teaching the class.
  • It is possible that there will be an exam on the last day of the semester.

Course Offering

To see all academic programs offered at UTSA by College and Department, use the following:
For course availability in a specific term, use the following:
For course descriptions, use the following:

Course Restrictions

Certain courses and programs at UTSA are closed or restricted to incoming exchange students or have high enrollment demand and limited seats available.

Closed and Restricted Programs
The following are not open to incoming exchange students or have restrictions. Note: programs that do not appear on this list may be closed or have restrictions. Your UTSA exchange coordinator to determine ultimate course availability.
  • Architecture - all courses are closed unless you are on an Architecture exchange
  • Art - courses closed to non-Art majors
  • Biochemistry - all upper division courses must be petitioned
  • Biology - all upper division courses must be petitioned
  • Biomedical Engineering - all courses must be petitioned
  • College of Business - all upper division courses must be petitioned unless you are on a Business exchange
  • College of Engineering - all upper division courses must be petitioned
  • College of Education and Human Development - teacher certification courses are closed
  • Communication - all upper division courses must be petitioned
  • Kinesiology - all upper division courses must be petitioned
  • Music - most courses closed to non-Music majors
  • Nutrition and Dietetics - closed program
Limited Programs
The following have high enrollment demand and limited seats available:
  • This list is under construction. You will work with your UTSA exchange coordinator to determine ultimate availability.

Course Registration

When you apply to study at UTSA, you will indicate your course preferences. Once you are accepted to study at UTSA, the UTSA exchange coordinator for your program will work with you to register for these courses or to find alternatives. Your final course registration will occur during orientation. Keep the following in mind when you are choosing your course preferences:
  • Undergraduates must enroll in at least 12 hours; graduate students in at least 9.
  • Undergraduates can take courses marked between the 1000 and 4000 levels; you must petition to take courses in the 5000 level or higher.
  • Take courses in a variety of levels; you are discouraged from taking more than three courses in the 3000 level or above, especially in engineering and sciences.

Academic Culture

The classroom and study culture in the US may be different from your home country. Here are a few points of view and tips on how to make the transition:  

Academic Honesty

See the UTSA statement on academic honesty:



Here are a few terms that we use that may have a different definition at your home university.
  • Term or Semester: the way in which an academic year is divided for course enrollment and credit. At UTSA the year is divided into fall semester, spring semester, and summer term. We use the words term and semester interchangeably.
  • Major: also known as program or program of study; this is a student’s main field of specialization during their undergraduate studies.
  • Minor: a secondary focus of a student’s studies
  • Course: a single, scheduled amount of instruction time in a term; see here for a more detailed definition:

Credit System

The number of hours a course is worth determined by the hours it meets in a semester. For example, a one credit hour course meets one hour per week in a semester; a two credit hour course meets two hours per week; a three credit hour course meets three hours per week; and so on. Summer courses are condensed, but the actual class time is the same as in regular semesters. A full semester course load for an undergraduate is considered 12-18 credit hours and for a graduate student it is 9 credit hours.


Grading System

See here for an explanation of the UTSA grading system:


Course Numbers

At UTSA a numbering system indicates the academic level, academic subgroup or sequence, and credit hours of the specific course. For example, all UTSA numbers are four digits. Here is an example:

MAT 1023
1   – The  first digit is the academic level: 1-freshman (others are 2-sophomore; 3-junior; 4-senior; 5,6,7-graduate). All courses beginning with a 1 and 2 are considered “lower division” and those beginning with 3 and 4 are "upper division."
02 – The sequence assigned to this course by the Math faculty
3   – The credit hours that the course is worth

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