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Faculty Led Programs

Faculty Led Programs (FLPs)

Several members of our faculty lead study aboard programs in their area of expertise to teach students in an environment outside the United States. The program is designed in consultation with the Texas Tech Study Abroad office and the Whitacre College of Engineering administers the program abroad. The college also recruits, accompanies, and often teaches the students in the abroad location. Students register directly at Texas Tech in the courses they will take while abroad and receive Texas Tech credit and grades for the course work they complete. Most programs take place during the semester breaks and are 2 - 10 weeks in duration. Faculty-led programs provide organized travel and excursions, lodging and meals and administration for a hassle-free study abroad experience.

The Whitacre College of Engineering has had FLPs in the following locations:

  • Texas Tech Seville Center - Seville, Spain
  • Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez - Santiago & Viña Del Mar, Chile
  • Ecole Centrale de Nantes - Nantes, France
  • Luleå Technological University - Luleå, Sweden
  • Jade Hochschule - Wilhelmshaven, Germany

Check out our program description page for more information on individual programs.

Reciprocal Exchanges

Reciprocal Exchanges

Texas Tech University has partnered with universities throughout the world in a reciprocal exchange agreement. In these programs, a Texas Tech student can pay tuition and fees (and sometimes room and board) at their home institution. Courses are pre-approved through the EOC and the academic departments. Student participants are registered in general studies while abroad. When the Study Abroad office receives the students’ transcripts, Texas Tech course equivalents are identified by the appropriate academic department and the students receive credit and grades for the coursework they have completed abroad. Grades for these courses are calculated into the student’s GPA.

The Whitacre College of Engineering has agreements with the following universities:

Luleå Technological University, Sweden

  • Host for our Maymester 2010 International Engineering Course
  • World-class research and education institution with 14,000 students

Czech Technical University, Czech Republic

  • 13 Texas Tech students have participated in this exchange to date
  • Oldest institute of technology in Central Europe, currently has 23,000 students

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

  • NTNU combines academic eminence with interdisciplinary education and research
  • Current enrolment is 20,000; 1,400 are international students

University of Seville, Spain

  • Top-ranked university in Spain with over 70,000 students
  • 190 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels
  • Courses are taught in Spanish

Lund University, Sweden

  • One Texas Tech student has participated in this exchange to date
  • One of northern Europe’s most prestigious universities, frequently ranked among the world’s top 100 universities

Middle East Technical University, Turkey

  • METU puts special emphasis on research and education in engineering and natural sciences, offering about 40 undergraduate programs.
  • METU is highly selective, only accepting about 1% of the nearly 1.5 million applications it receives annually. They value international relationships and provide enrollment to 1,500 international students each year.

Buskerud University College, Norway

  • Host of the Rawls College of Business International Entrepreneurial Program
Affiliated Studies Programs

Affiliated Studies Programs

Affiliated programs are those for which Texas Tech University has an agreement with a foreign institution or organization and students pay tuition and fees directly to that foreign institution or organization. Participating students are placed into a non-tuition bearing registration which maintains their eligibility for financial aid, scholarships, and ensures continuous enrollment at Texas Tech during the program dates. Each student receives credit and a grade for the completed course, which is then transferred back to Texas Tech. While the course credit is listed on the student’s transcript as a Texas Tech course equivalent, the grade is not calculated into the student’s GPA. Credit for degree requirements is determined by the appropriate department for each course.

The Whitacre College of Engineering has affiliated programs at the following universities:

  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
  • American College of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • American University in Cairo, Egypt
Service Abroad

Service Abroad

Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
www.ewb-usa.org

Engineers Without Borders - Texas Tech chapter is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. This partnership involves the implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training internationally responsible engineers and engineering students.

Work Abroad

Work Abroad

International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)
www.iaesteunitedstates.org

IAESTE is a student organization that arranges the opportunity for students to receive paid internships abroad in over 85 host countries. Positions are available in industry, research institutes and universities, consulting firms, labs, and other work environments. Most placements are for 8-12 weeks during the summer, but fall and longer-term placements are also available. Best of all, most technical students in the United States are eligible to apply!

In order to apply for the IAESTE Placement Program, you must fulfill all of the eligibility conditions below.

  • IAESTE membership: You must be a member of IAESTE United States.
  • Enrollment: You must be currently enrolled full-time in a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. program at an accredited, four-year U.S. college or university at the time of application. International students studying in the U.S. are welcome to apply to the Placement Program; U.S. students studying abroad through a U.S. institution are eligible as long as you are still considered to be enrolled in the U.S. University.
  • Standing: You must have attained junior-level standing or above by the time you begin your internship.
  • Major: You must be enrolled in a technical field of study (i.e. engineering, computer science, architecture, natural and physical sciences, or agricultural sciences).
  • Language: You must be fluent in English. Foreign language skill requirements vary by position. While most positions only require English, foreign language skills are preferred.
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