The Flagship is fortunate to be located within both a world-class research university and one of America’s most livable cities. The picturesque, historic campus is within walking distance of the vibrant downtown district of Austin.
The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public universities in the United States. Founded in 1883, the university now occupies a 350-acre main campus with 21,000 faculty and staff, 16 colleges and schools and almost 50,000 students. Campus Profile…
The university is annually ranked among the country’s very best public research universities and many of its colleges, schools and departments are considered among the finest in the nation. Rankings…
More than 8,700 bachelor’s degrees are awarded annually in more than 170 fields of study and 100 majors, all of which are available to HUF students.
Facts about Austin
- 300 days of sunshine per year | Average year-round temperature: 68.5 degrees
- More than 200 parks (including 350-acre Zilker Park), 12 nature preserves and three major lakes (Lake Travis, Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake)
- Gateway to the Texas Hill Country—home to rolling green hills, beautiful lakes, fields of Texas wildflowers and greenbelts
- One of the Top 10 “Best Places to Live” (U.S. News & World Report)
- One of the Top 5 “Most Educated Cities” according to the U.S. Census Bureau
- Learn more about Austin at www.austintexas.org
A breathtaking mix of music, greenery, technology, artistic eclecticism and old-world charm, Austin is truly a one-of-a-kind city. During their Flagship career, HUF students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the cultural milieu that is Austin.
Known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” the city is home to spectacular events like the Austin City Limits Music Festival, South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Austin Film Festival that attract visitors from all over the world.
In addition, with companies such as Dell, IBM, Intel, Apple, Samsung and National Instruments setting up shop, Austin is a growing IT hub, à la Hyderabad and Bangalore, offering substantial career opportunities for HUF students interested in using their Hindi-Urdu fluency in the IT world.
Top 10 Things to Do in Austin
- Barton Springs: A three-acre spring-fed pool that stays at 68 degrees year round.
- Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum: The story of Texas is told through films and exhibits; home to Austin’s only IMAX theater.
- Texas State Capitol: Built in 1886, the Texas State Capitol is the largest state capitol in the country.
- Sixth Street and Warehouse Entertainment District: Popular, trendy areas of downtown Austin known for clubs, live music and unique restaurants.
- Congress Avenue Bats: Home to the largest urban colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in the country.
- Highland Lakes: Seven lakes, including nearby Lake Travis, Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake, offer canoeing, boating and jet skiing.
- South Congress (SoCo): Home to eclectic shops and retro clothing stores, and the very popular First Thursday event each month.
- Zilker Park: 350-acre park located just minutes from campus; home to Austin Nature and Science Center, Zilker Botanical Gardens, Zilker Hillside Theatre and the Zilker Zephyr—a miniature train that travels around the perimeter of the park.
- Mount Bonnell: A must-see for any Austin visitor! This popular tourist spot offers the best views of Austin and the Hill Country.
- Hike and Bike Trail: One of the finest hiking and biking trails in the country! The ten-mile trail offers wide paths for bike riding, walking or running.
Courtesy of Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau | www.austintexas.org