International Relations and Global Studies

UT Internal Transfer Admission

An Internal Transfer is a student who is already admitted to the University of Texas at Austin but is declared in another major. Students who are transferring to UT from another institution should explore our Freshman and Transfer Admission page

All internal transfers into the IRG major will need to complete the Internal Transfer Application.

Students who have already completed a degree will NOT be considered for internal transfer admission. 

The number of students who want to major in IRG exceeds the number who can be adequately instructed by the faculty. There are likely to be more students who will be eligible to apply to the IRG major than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements in not a guarantee of admission to the IRG major.  

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for internal transfer into the IRG major as an undergraduate student you must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA with at least 12 hours in residence taken for a letter grade.
  2. Must have at least two of the following in progress or completed:
    • At least one foreign language course with a grade of C or higher
    • ECO 301 or ECO 304L or ECO 304K (20-22 Catalog only)
    • GRG 305
    • ANT 302 or SOC 302
    • Area studies course: ANS, EUS, LAS, MES, REE, AFR (from approved list)
  3. Must attend an internal transfer information session. You do not have to attend again if you have already attended one in previous semesters. You must RSVP at least 1 hour in advance of the meeting time. Sessions for Fall 2021 are outlined below:
  • Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Monday, October 4, 2021 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm (on Zoom) | RSVP here
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 11:30am - 12:30pm (on Zoom) | RSVP here
  • Friday, November 19, 2021 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm (on Zoom) | RSVP here
  • Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 9:30am - 10:30am (on Zoom) | RSVP here

The intent of the internal transfer information session is to enhance your understanding of IRG as a major at UT and therefore help you determine if IRG is the right major for you. Attendance at one of these information sessions is required prior to meeting with an IRG advisor.  

Ability to graduate in four years is taken into account in the admissions decisions. If adding or changing your major to IRG will delay your four-year graduation, we may not admit you.

We will accept test and transfer credit for the course requirement. Transfer credit must already be transferred and posted in IDA. Courses taken pass/fail in Spring 2020 or COVID pass/fail in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 will count towards the coursework requirement.  

*Invitations to Zoom Info Sessions will be sent out approximately 1 HOUR before the meeting time.

Fall applications for Spring 2022 will open on September 15, 2021. Applications will be due December 1, 2021 at 11:59pm. Applications can be submitted online via the Internal Transfer Application.


Video: Learn more about the IRG major

Upcoming Info Sessions:

  • Monday, October 4, 2021 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm (on Zoom)
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 11:30am - 12:30pm (on Zoom)
  • Friday, November 19, 2021 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm*
  • Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 9:30am - 10:30am*

Fall applications for Spring 2022 will open on September 15, 2021. Applications will be due December 1, 2021 online via the Internal Transer Application.