Office of International Programs

The Office of International Programs (OIP) supports UT Tyler's commitment to student success by providing meaningful and safe opportunities to develop global competencies and to serve the East Texas region through strategic international partnerships and multi-disciplinary research collaborations.

Study Abroad and Faculty-Led Programs

The OIP assists students and faculty at UT Tyler to study abroad through:

  • Short-Term Faculty-Led Programs –Study abroad and cultural immersion experiences organized through OIP and UT Tyler faculty vary in length from one to eight weeks, typically occurring over Spring Break and the summer term.
  • Exchange Programs – Semester or academic year study abroad opportunities at collaborating universities that have an exchange agreement with UT Tyler.
  • Affiliate Programs – Study Abroad at foreign universities through affiliate programs for a summer, semester-long, or academic year program abroad.

For more information, visit Study Abroad, email, or call 903.565.5960.

International Student Services (ISS)

International Student Services (ISS) supports all F and J visa international students who attend UT Tyler for academic study. OIP is responsible for serving international students to ensure students are following the regulations of their visa, such as enrollment, employment, travel, adjustments, and re-entry into the country. 

For more information visit International Student Services, email or call 903.565.5960.

Visiting Scholar Services

OIP welcomes international visiting scholars and faculty to UT Tyler! Visiting scholars help promote international education exchange of expertise and stimulating collaborative teaching and research efforts. Scholars facilitate the exchange of ideas and research in a variety of fields between people of the United States and people of other countries.
For more information see Visiting Scholar Services, email or call 903.565.5960.

Intensive English Language Institute (IELI)

The Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) is a self-supporting auxiliary unit within the OIP designed to prepare non-native English-speaking students to improve their language and culture skills, successfully meet the requirements of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English (PTE), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and matriculate into the university. IELI students are non-degree seeking students who take non-credit generating English classes.

English Proficiency Waiver for undergraduate and graduate students: TOEFL, PTE, EIKEN, and IELTS scores will be waived for students who complete Level 6 of UT Tyler’s IELI Program with no grade lower than an A, or those who complete Level 7 with no grade lower than a B.

Please note that individual graduate programs may have higher standards for English proficiency. Applicants should check with program advisors for details on English Language Proficiency requirements.

For more information visit the Intensive English Language Institute, email or call 903.565.5735.

Passport Acceptance Facility 

The Office of International Programs serves as a Passport Acceptance Facility for the UT Tyler community and the general public. OIP is authorized by the U.S. Department of State to execute passport applications and provide guidance to those using other application types. Passport-style photos are available for purchase separately, providing a convenient service to anyone filing an application, including international students applying for practical training authorizations. 

For more information, visit Passport Services or email