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Medical expectations and requirements for new incoming international students

Fall 2021 COVID-19 Pre-Departure and Arrival Expectations for International Travelers


If you are traveling to Austin this fall from outside of the U.S., please review these expectations to be used pre-and post-arrival to campus.

If possible, get all or as many of the following required tests and immunizations and submit your documents to University Health Services (UHS) before you arrive in UT Austin. Please read “Minimize registration delays” on this page if you cannot do this before you arrive.

If you will register only for online classes for the summer and fall 2021 semesters and will not be studying in the U.S., read “If you will register only for online classes” below.

The following medical clearance requirements must be completed before you will be allowed to register for classes.


Tuberculosis (TB) screening test: Entering international students are required to complete an online TB screening questionnaire to determine whether they must get a TB test. To complete the questionnaire:

  • Log in to the MyUHS portal using your UTEID and password.
  • Click "Medical Clearance" on the left side of the screen.
  • Locate “TB Screening” on the page and click the “Update” button
  • Answer the questions and submit your form.
  • You will be advised within 24 hours if you have satisfied your TB requirement or if you must get a TB test.

If you are required to get a TB test, you must provide documentation of ONE of the following tests administered on or after September 1, 2020 for students entering spring 2021 or on or after March 1, 2021 for students entering summer or fall 2021. A chest x-ray is NOT ACCEPTABLE as a substitute for one of the following tests.

  • Results of an IGRA blood test (often called QFT, Quantiferon Gold or T-Spot). You can get this test outside of the United States. Results MUST BE documented in English AND a copy of the lab report must be submitted. If UHS has difficulty with English translation, interpretation of results or legibility of documents, you may be asked to repeat the test.

OR

  • A PPD (Mantoux) skin test. This test can only be administered and interpreted in the United States and must be reported in millimeters (mm). PPDs administered outside of the U.S. cannot be accepted.

IF YOUR TB TEST IS POSITIVE, a chest x-ray must be performed. You must submit a copy of the radiology report for the chest x-ray (written in English) in addition to the results of your TB test.

Proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella that is documented in ONE of the following ways:

  • TWO DOSES of MEASLES/MUMPS/RUBELLA (MMR) vaccine. With the FIRST DOSE being administered on or after your first birthday and the SECOND being administered at least 28 days after the first dose.

OR

  • TWO DOSES of MEASLES VACCINE and MUMPS VACCINE. With the FIRST DOSE of each vaccine being administered on or after your first birthday and the SECOND DOSE of each vaccine being administered at least 28 days after the first doses AND ONE DOSE of RUBELLA VACCINE that was administered on or after your first birthday.

OR

  • A positive blood test (titer) showing protective antibodies to all MEASLES, MUMPS AND RUBELLA. You must submit a copy of the official lab report.

Meningococcal (bacterial meningitis) vaccine requirement (if you will be age 21 or younger on the first official day of classes):

This requirement applies to you if you will be age 21 or younger on the first official class day of the semester you are entering UT Austin. The vaccine must have been administered within five years of the first day of classes of the semester you will enter UT Austin. Find official first class day dates at the link below. If you have received a meningococcal vaccine administered prior to the time described above, you must receive another dose of the vaccine.

Important information about the meningococcal vaccine requirement

 

Vaccine documentation

You may choose to use the Vaccine History for International Students form. This form is not mandatory but is available for your convenience or if you have difficulty getting vaccine records translated. Find links to other types of acceptable vaccine documents and how to submit your documents to UHS at the bottom of this page.

IMPORTANT: If you get a blood test (titer) to prove immunity to measles, mumps and/or rubella, you must also submit a copy of the official lab report even if the lab results are written on the TB and Vaccination History for International Students form.

If you will register only for online classes for summer and/or fall 2021 and will not be studying in the U.S.

If you can comply with the medical clearance requirements above, please do so even if you will register only for online classes. If you cannot get immunizations, a TB test (if needed) or documents to comply and will register only for online classes for summer and/or fall 2021 (and you will not be studying in the U.S.), you may complete a Request to Defer Immunizations and/or TB Testing online form. If approved, UHS will temporarily remove your medical (H) registration bar. After you register, UHS will replace the bar, and you cannot register for future semester classes until you comply with all requirements.

To complete the form:

  • Log on to “MyUHS.” Scroll to the bottom and click “MyUHS”
  • Click “Messages,” then “New Messages”
  • Click "I want to Request to Defer Immunizations and/or TB Testing (for International Students Only)"
  • Complete and submit the form.

You will be informed with 24 business hours whether your request has been approved.

Minimize registration delays

If you have not received required immunizations or TB testing (if TB testing is necessary) or you do not have acceptable documentation to prove that you have received required immunizations and TB testing prior to arriving at UT, call 512-475-8301 to schedule a time to receive a TB test and/or required immunizations. Call as soon as you arrive in Austin.

Bring your passport or other photo ID when you come to your appointment.

UHS administers the IGRA tuberculosis blood test for entering international students. It will take two to five days to remove your medical registration bar after your blood is drawn for the TB screening blood test, depending upon your results.

If you have questions about medical clearance requirements

For questions regarding medical clearance requirements and medical bars (H bars), call the UHS Immunization Compliance department at 512-475-8301 or email imm@uhs.utexas.edu. In your email, provide your UT EID. Be as detailed as possible about your question or circumstance.

Helpful Links

Acceptable vaccine documentation to meet requirements
How to submit your medical clearance documentation to UHS




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