Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Graduate Orientation Overview

We are very excited to see you in August!

2018 Cohort Welcome Packet

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the University of Texas at Austin and the Center of and Department for Middle Eastern Studies. To help with the transition to Graduate School, we have prepared the above Welcome Packet. Along with details about your cohort, you will also find contact information and research interests of our continuing students. Ideally, we would like for everyone to become acquainted over the summer!

Summer Prep: Graduate Student Handbooks, Degree Requirments, and Web Content

Students are required to familiarize themselves with the Graduate Handbooks [MELC (Ph.D.) Handbook; CMES (MA) Handbook], in addition to the web content related to their degrees (MELC; MES) and Departmental, Center, College, Graduate School, and University policies, procedures, and requirements. While the Graduate Advisor and Graduate Coordinator are valuable resources for information on academic issues, administrative procedures, and university and departmental policy; students are, however, responsible for ensuring that they act within the rules and regulations of the department, college, and university; meet all deadlines; and fulfill the requirements of the degree program.

It is the student's responsibility to communicate regularly with their Supervisors, Committee Members, Instructors, the Graduate Advisor and Graduate Program Coordinator about academic matters.



  1. Welcome Packet & Summer Prep
  2. Preliminary Preparations 
  3. Orientation Schedule and Academic Advising 
  4. Language Placement Exams
  5. Resources for new Academic Employees (TAs)
  6. Resources for International Students

Fall 2018 Orientation
August 22, 2018, 9:00 am

August 20, 2018: International Student Orientation
August 23-24, 2018: Ph.D. Cohort Meeting & Advising Appointments
August 23, 2018, 1-4 pm: Language Placement Exams
August 24-27: MA Advising Appointments
August 28, 1-3 pm: TA Orientation 


UT Student Resources

Language Placement Exams RSVP

International Office Orientation

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