Ttu Study Abroad Application Essays

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Where is the TTU Study Abroad office located?

The Study Abroad office is in the International Cultural Center, located at 601 Indiana Avenue. Study Abroad staff offices are in Suite 110. Follow the signs for Study Abroad, and speak with a receptionist for assistance.

Can I afford to study abroad?

Yes! The Study Abroad team is committed to offering programs that will fit a variety of student budgets, with some programs costing the same or less than the cost of attendance at Texas Tech. There are many ways to pay for your experience with scholarships, financial aid, and/or loans. Visit our Financial Resources webpages to learn more.

Am I eligible to study abroad?

In order to study abroad, you must have completed your first year at Texas Tech if you entered as a first-year student. Transfer students must complete one semester on TTU's campus before studying abroad. Students must also have a minimum 2.5 GPA, or 2.75 if you are a Business major. Students must be in good disciplinary standing with the university for at the time of application to study abroad and remain so throughout the study abroad term.

Do I need a passport to study abroad?

Yes, students who will be studying outside of the United States (except Puerto Rico) will require a passport.

Where do I get a passport?

Texas Tech has its own Passport Office located in the International Cultural Center. Please visit the Passport Office website.

How do I start my application to study abroad?

The first step to studying abroad is watching the online video Study Abroad 101. In this video, we explain the basics of study abroad, how to choose an academically and financially appropriate program, and how to complete your application successfully.

After watching the Study Abroad 101 video and choosing my study abroad program, how do I complete my online application?

It is important to choose your study abroad program carefully. Using the TTU Study Abroad website and program-specific websites to explore your options online is a critical part of the application process that cannot be overlooked. Discussing the program(s) of interest to you with a Study Abroad Advisor or the TTU professor who is leading a faculty-led program is also important. Once you are sure that you are selecting the program that aligns best with your goals and interests, then you will complete the TTU Study Abroad application online. Visit How to Apply for more explicit instructions outlining the entire application process.

How do I pay for study abroad?

Students pay for study abroad in several ways including federal financial aid, scholarship money, taking out loans, etc. Learn more by reading about the Cost of Study Abroad and How to Afford It, attending a Funding Your Study Abroad workshop, and visiting the Financial Resources webpages.

Are scholarships available to study abroad students? Can I apply for more than one?

Yes, there are many scholarships available, and we recommend applying to any scholarship for which you meet the eligibility criteria. Visit our Financial Resources webpage for examples of TTU and external scholarships for which you may be eligible! Remember, once you have written your first scholarship application essay, that same essay can be tweaked and used to complete many other scholarship applications.

I heard about the SACS scholarship. What is that?

The SACS, or Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship, is a scholarship that is financed by the $4 International Education Fee that Texas Tech students pay every semester they are enrolled. The SACS is open to domestic and degree-seeking international students who are studying abroad as well as degree-seeking international students who are studying at TTU. We encourage all study abroad students who meet the eligibility criteria to apply. Please visit SACS webpage for application instructions and helpful tips to make your application as competitive as possible.

Where can I study abroad?

Texas Tech offers students the opportunity to study abroad all over the world. We have approved programs on every continent except Antarctica.

What is a faculty-led program?

What is a the TTU Center in Sevilla program?

What is a reciprocal exchange program?

A reciprocal exchange program offers students a unique opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions for a semester or academic year. With this type of program, you pay the same TTU tuition and fees that you would pay if you were studying in Lubbock. Visit Reciprocal Exchange Programs for more information about reciprocal exchange programs.

Why should I choose a reciprocal exchange program?

There are many reasons to participate in a reciprocal exchange, but many students choose this program type because of its affordability. Reciprocal exchange programs are great opportunities to study abroad for a longer period of time while keeping costs low. Visit Reciprocal Exchange Programs for more information about reciprocal exchange programs.

Some of the study abroad programs listed say “GE3.” What is that?

Global Engineering Education Exchange, or GE3, is an exchange program option for Engineering majors only. Texas Tech partners with this consortium to make it possible for Engineering students to study abroad while paying TTU tuition and fees.

What is an affiliate program?

Affiliate programs offer students a wide variety of options to study abroad. Many affiliate programs are facilitated by a third-party, providing additional student support services and employing on-site staff in the locations where they offer study abroad programs. Student support services can include airport pick-ups, on-site orientations, visa assistance, cultural excursions and activities, international health insurance, and more. Affiliate providers set their own prices, and students pay them directly. Visit Affiliate Programs for more information about affiliate programs.

Why should I choose an affiliate program?

Students generally choose an affiliate program because it aligns well with their academic and/or professional goals. There are affiliate program options across the globe, and the length of the programs can range from a few weeks to an entire academic year. Students may choose from different types of study abroad experiences such as international internships, research, or service. The support services provided by many affiliate programs may also give students peace of mind. Their on-site staff can serve as a safety net for students who may otherwise feel uncomfortable participating in study abroad.

What is pre-departure orientation?

Pre-departure orientation is a mandatory gathering of all students who are planning to participate in study abroad during a given academic term. During this orientation, the TTU Study Abroad staff prepare groups to study abroad by discussing topics such as culture, academics, health, safety, spending, language, common stereotypes of U.S. students, and more.

Will I receive charges to my Student Business Services account? If yes, when will I receive those charges?

For faculty-led programs and programs at the TTU Center in Sevilla, the Study Abroad office will bill your student account for the deposit, remaining program fee, Education Abroad Fee and insurance. For other programs, the Study Abroad office will bill the Education Abroad Fee and insurance. Payments must be made according to deadlines established by Student Business Services. Please remember that for affiliate programs, students are responsible for paying the affiliate provider directly and should contact them with all questions related to program payment. For more details including when your account will be charged, please visit Process of Paying page.

When should I purchase my tickets?

Students participating in a faculty-led or TTU Center in Sevilla program must have their application accepted by Texas Tech and receive confirmation the program has met minimum enrollment before purchasing tickets.

Students participating in a reciprocal exchange or affiliate program must be approved by Texas Tech Study Abroad and their host institution before purchasing tickets.

What happens when I return from studying abroad?

When you return from studying abroad, the TTU Study Abroad office will welcome you back,  share information about the academic credit that you earned abroad, offer ideas for staying engaged with our office, and connect you with opportunities to unpack your study abroad experience and provide feedback about your program. You will also receive invitations to volunteer at the Study Abroad Fair and provide testimonials (a quotation and photo) that captures what you enjoyed about your study abroad experience.

Writing Recommendations for SACS


You have been identified as an esteemed member of a TTU student’s support network. As such, the student has asked you to serve as a recommender for their Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship (SACS) application.

Accepting this invitation is a wonderful responsibility. The student is trusting your assessment of whether they can be successful while studying and living within a new cultural context. Each SACS recommendation is worth 20% of an applicant’s overall score, so your encouragement of a student’s decision to study abroad matters greatly.

To assist you in writing a SACS recommendation, we have identified a few helpful tips:

  • Be honest with your student if you are not the right person for the job.
    If you are not comfortable or capable of writing a positive recommendation in support of their SACS application (or if you cannot commit to completing the recommendation by the deadline), then the student deserves time to find a different recommender. We recognize that it can be difficult to engage a student in this type of conversation, but by politely declining the invitation to be their SACS recommender, you give the student an opportunity to seek out someone who may be more appropriate or more available to fulfill this important obligation.
  • Invite your student to have a conversation with you – on the phone, over coffee, or during your office hours – to explain why they are choosing to study abroad.
    An open discussion with your student not only allows you to better understand their motives; it also helps them to practice articulating their reasons for investing in a study abroad experience. This is especially important when they begin to write their scholarship application essay.
  • Visit the TTU Study Abroad website and read the tips that we provide to all SACS applicants.
    You can encourage your student to follow this advice as it is designed to increase their chances of receiving a high score from the SACS Awards Committee. Some recommenders even go above and beyond by volunteering to offer feedback on their student’s application essay!
  • When you are ready to write, be sure to compose your answers offline using a text-editor such as Microsoft Word.
    You can later copy and paste the text into the online recommender form without the risk of losing unsaved work. Remember, recommendations that are sent as email attachments will not be accepted; you must use the online form. If you did not receive an email containing a link to the online recommender form, please check your junk or spam folder before asking your student for help.
  • Request confirmation from your student that the online recommendation was successfully submitted.
    They can do this easily by logging into their SACS application. If you experience technical difficulties with the online recommender form, let your student know so that they can directly contact the SACS Coordinator on your behalf. The SACS Coordinator will then communicate with the student to resolve the issue promptly.
  • Give yourself at least one week to complete the online recommender form.
    You will want sufficient time to compose a sincere and thoughtful endorsement of the student. Incomplete or hastily written recommendations typically do not receive high scores from the SACS Awards Committee.

Please remember that late recommendations will not be accepted after the application deadline, and failure to complete the recommender form could have a substantially negative impact on a student’s overall score.

The Office of International Affairs is grateful for your support of study abroad at Texas Tech. We look forward to reading your SACS recommendation.

— The Study Abroad Team


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