Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

International Engineering Programs

1. Where is the International Engineering Programs (IEP) office located?

  • The IEP office is located in the Engineering Opportunities Center within the Whitacre College of Engineering Dean’s Office in the Engineering Center.The Central and South American Programs office is located in the Dean's Suite, office 100G, across from the Engineering Opportunities Center.

2. Is the International Experience a requirement? And will it continue for future students?

  • Yes, students who entered the Texas Tech Whitacre College of Engineering (WCOE) in Fall 2013 or later are now required to have an international experience.
  • Yes, this requirement will continue for future students. The WCOE is committed to providing our students with quality international engineering experiences that prepares them to work in a global environment.

3. Why is the International Experience a requirement?

  • The requirement prepares our WCOE graduates for the ever-changing global landscape. The Whitacre College of Engineering is committed to providing our students with quality international engineering experiences that prepares them to work in a global environment.

4. Can I get an exemption to the International Experience requirement?

  • We have established an International Experience Exemption Form for students who meet certain conditions that allow them to opt out of the international experience requirement. Students must complete the necessary form and send it to iep.coe@ttu.edu. Approval of the exemption is subject to committee review and students should allow 30 days for committee to review. Students must fill out the form online and digitally sign the form. All documents need to be provided and combined into of PDF file. The form can be found at: International Experience Exemption Form

5. What can I do to fulfill this requirement?

(All programs must be approved by the IEP office)

6. How long does a program abroad need to be to fulfill the International Experience requirement?

The program, whether it be study abroad, research, internship or service-learning, must be at least 6 to 8 weeks in length. All summer 2016 programs will remain as previously programmed, between 5 to 6 weeks.

7. Can I afford to go abroad?

Types of Programs

1. What is a reciprocal exchange?

  • A reciprocal exchange program offers students with unique opportunity to study abroad at a foreign university for a semester or yearlong experience. For a full list of exchange program opportunities, click here

2. Why do an exchange program?

  • You can afford it! Exchange students pay regular Texas Tech tuition plus the cost of living abroad. You can enroll in courses abroad that will count toward your major, minor or other degree requirement. You can take courses in English or develop your advanced foreign language skills. Grades for these courses are calculated into the student's GPA.

3. What is a Global E3 (Global Engineering Education Exchange) program?

  • Global E³ is an exchange program for engineering students. It makes it possible for students to study abroad while continuing to pay tuition at home. With member universities in 20 countries, students at nearly 60 universities have the opportunity to study abroad. Global E³ exchanges about 200 to 250 students a year.
  • Global E³ Flyer 
  • Global E³ Website 

4. What is an affiliated program?

  • An affiliated program offers students with unique opportunity to study abroad at a foreign university for a summer, semester or yearlong experience. For a full list of affiliated program opportunities, click here

5. Why do an affiliated program?

  • You can take courses in English or develop your advanced foreign language skills. Students pay tuition and fee directly to the particular foreign institution or organization. Each student will receive credit and a grade for the completed course, which is transferred back to Texas Tech. The grade is not calculated into the student's TTU GPA.

Finances and Miscellaneous

1. Do I need a passport?

  • Any student traveling outside the United States (except Puerto Rico) will need a passport.

2. Where do I get a passport?

  • Texas Tech has a passport office at the International Cultural Center, which is located at 601 Indiana Ave
    Passport Office Information

3. How do I pay for going abroad?

  • In many of Texas Tech’s exchange programs, students pay Texas Tech tuition for the study abroad program.
  • A variety of scholarships available.
  • More details can be learned at a financial workshop.
  • Visiting the Scholarships Office can be helpful in identifying scholarships or other funding sources.

4. Are there scholarships; can I apply for more than one?

  • Yes, there are a variety of scholarships and we encourage students to apply for as many as possible.

5. Do I have to take only engineering and computer sciences courses for it to count?

  • No, you can take any class that interest you abroad

6. When do I purchase my flight?

  • Do not purchase your airline ticket until the program has been approved and the program has been fully confirmed.

7. Who approves programs and when would this be done?

  • This varies by program and approvals take place after the deadline application.
    1. Texas Tech Reciprocal Exchange Programs
      • Approved by The Study Abroad office
    2. Texas Tech Affiliate Programs
      • Approved by The Study Abroad office
    3. Engineering Faculty-Led Programs
      • Approved by WCOE IEP office
    4. Business Faculty-Led Programs
      • Approved by Rawls College of Business, Center for Global Engagement
    5. All other Faculty-Led Programs
      • Approved by The Study Abroad office

8. When is the deadline?

  • Summer Abroad – Deadline: February 1
  • Fall Abroad – Deadline: March 1
  • Spring Abroad – Deadline: October 1

9. Where can I go abroad?

  • We have programs all around the world. You can review our programs on our website or visit the study abroad website.

10. Is there a pre-orientation departure?

  • Yes, there is a mandatory pre-departure orientation and students will be notified two to three weeks before the orientation. This notification will come from the WCOE IEP office or the Study Abroad office. Parents are invited to attend as well.
  • Also, the WCOE IEP office will have a meet and greet orientation for all WCOE Faculty-Led Programs. Students will be notified by IEP two to three weeks before the orientation.

11. Am I eligible to study abroad?

  • Students must be a sophomore by years, not credits. Students who began as freshmen at Texas Tech must complete two long semesters before becoming eligible to study abroad. Transfer students must complete one semester.
  • Have a Texas Tech GPA of 2.5 at the time of application.
  • Be in good disciplinary standing for at least three months before applying to study abroad and remain so up to and including the study abroad term.
  • Students may not study abroad in the semester they plan to graduate unless they go on a faculty-led program.
  • Students postponing graduation to study abroad must be enrolled at Texas Tech during the term in which they graduate.

12. How do I apply?

  • Explore your options online, speak to the Engineering Diplomats, or set up a meeting with a staff member in the IEP office.
  • Students must attend a Study Abroad 101 Session at the Study Abroad office, Monday through Friday, at 4 p.m. This is at the International Cultural Center, which is located at 601 Indiana Ave).
  • Meet with a study abroad advisor.
  • Begin your application online at www.studyabroad.ttu.edu

13. Who are the Engineering Diplomats?

  • The Engineering Diplomats are peer advisors that represent the interests and policies of the college regarding international affairs and connections. They assist the WCOE in recruiting students for study abroad programs, attracting international students and building strong international connections. They have office hours Monday through Friday at the EOC from 9a.m. to 4p.m.
    Engineering Diplomats

14. Who is responsible for charging my Texas Tech student business service account?

  • 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.

15. When will I be charged for my program cost?

  • For faculty-led programs and programs at the TTU Center in Sevilla deposits and the Education Abroad fee will be billed in the term before students go abroad. The remaining program fee and insurance will be billed in the term that students are abroad. For other programs the Education Abroad fee is billed in the term before a student goes abroad. Any insurance will be billed in the term a student is abroad.

16. How are students charged?

  • Costs will be billed directly to the student’s account. Payments must be made according to deadlines established by Student Business Services.

17. When is the deadline to pay for the program cost?

  • A deposit will be billed two weeks after the program is approved. The final cost of the program is billed the semester you go abroad and it is due one day before the program term begins.

18. Does my ___________ scholarship or financial aid apply abroad?