UTRGV Brownsville

Review this section to find answers to frequently asked questions.

  • What's the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas like?

    With campuses in Brownsville, Edinburg and Harlingen, UTRGV serves the Rio Grande Valley and beyond. With a population of more than 1 million people, the Valley is one of the fastest growing regions in Texas. The Valley’s geographical location places it in a region where its roots extend into both Mexico and the United States. Every year the Valley grows and with it comes economic opportunities for graduates.

    Home to natural habitats like the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge and South Texas Botanical Gardens, the Valley is a wonderful place to just kick back and relax. South Padre Island, the largest barrier island in the world, serves as the hot spot for Valley locals and tourists. Whether it is the beautiful beach or the opportunity for personal and professional growth, the Valley is a perfect place to call home.

  • What about housing?

    You may want to consider making arrangements to stay at a local hotel or motel for the first few days to rest and begin your search for permanent housing. Some hotels can offer inexpensive lodging or discounts to International Students.

    A variety of housing options are available and some are a convenient distance to the university.  If you would like to find out more about our housing options on campus, please visit the UTRGV Residence Life home page at: http://www.utrgv.edu/housing.  Each of these options has varying space and costs. The LI staff will be able to answer some of your questions regarding housing, but you will ultimately have to make your own arrangements.

  • How much money will I need to pay for my tuition and living expenses?

    It depends on the length of time in the program. Plan for not only living expenses and tuition cost, but also books and school supplies and an extra allowance for recreation or entertainment.

  • How much money should I bring?

    It is wise to bring the amount of your tuition plus about $1,000 to $2,000 in traveler's checks, a money order, or cashier's check for settling in expenses. Clearing foreign checks through U.S. banks can take up to 21 days. Bringing some U.S. currency is also a good idea.

  • What about health insurance?

    Students enrolled in the Intensive program must provide proof of medical insurance or purchase university medical insurance.

  • Where can I send mail and packages before I arrive?

    Please wait until after you arrive to get packages sent from your home country. There is no space available to hold items for students. If you have a contact in the surrounding area, you may consider asking about sending items to them before you arrive.