International Programs


Study Abroad

Reciprocal Exchanges

Texas Tech University has partnered with universities throughout the world via reciprocal exchange agreements. These are unique, semester or yearlong opportunities where Texas Tech students trade places with incoming international students. All participants pay tuition and fees at their home institution making the exchange affordable for all involved. The vast majority of our reciprocal partners offer Engineering, Math, Science and elective courses in English. Students who are fluent in a second language or meet the host institution's language requirements can also enroll directly into classes that are taught in the local language. All courses are pre-approved through the EOC and the academic departments so participants will know exactly how their courses abroad will further their progress toward their degree. Grades for these courses are calculated into the student's GPA.

Click here for a list of our reciprocal partners.

Global E³ (Global Engineering Education Exchange)

Global E³ is an exchange program for engineering students: a student can 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 200-250 students a year.

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Global E³ Website

Faculty Directed Programs (FDP)

Several members of our faculty lead study abroad 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 who administers the program in conjunction with the Whitacre College of Engineering. 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 Directed Programs provide organized travel and excursions, lodging and meals and administration for a hassle-free study abroad experience.

Upcoming Faculty Directed Programs

Summer I and II in Seville, Spain Click here for details!

Summer II in Wilhelmshaven, Germany Click here for details!

Summer in China Click here for details!

Fall 2015 in Seville Click here for details!

International Entrepreneurship in Norway

Nowadays there is a growing need for engineers to have a background in business, specifically in entrepreneurship. There is also a growing need for engineers to have a background in international aspects of business with the increasing number of companies operating on an international level. The Rawls College of Business and the Whitacre College of Engineering at Texas Tech University have created a unique program: The Certificate in International Entrepreneurship.

The Rawls College of Business provides a one thousand dollar scholarship to the first 10 engineering students who would like to participate in this program each year.

The Certificate in International Entrepreneurship consists of two parts; the first part, a compressed course in the second half of the spring semester; the second part, two courses taken abroad in Honefoss, Norway at Buskerud College. Each course is worth 3 credit hours making the total coursework for the certificate 9 hours. The compressed Entrepreneurship course will last from March until May. The class is taught by a Norwegian professor with extensive experience in the corporate world.

The study abroad portion of this program takes place in Honefoss, Norway at Buskerud College. Students will participate in several out-of-class activities with Norwegian students as well as participate in company visits that enhance the classroom experience. Students are accompanied by a Texas Tech professor throughout the entire program. Classes will consist of both TTU students (Business & Engineering Students) as well as Buskerud University Students.

For more information about this program please contact an advisor at the IB-Center:

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Affiliated 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.

Service Abroad

Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

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. Engineers Without Borders is a unique opportunity for Texas Tech students to give back to the global community while applying their engineering skills in an international setting.

Intern Abroad

An international internship provides you with much more than just high-quality work experience. Unlike a domestic internship, you will gain global skills and have experiences that will truly set you apart from other graduates. Your internship experience will go beyond the workplace as you explore the local culture and truly immerse yourself in the day-to-day patterns of another country. The value of an international internship is best described as a "whole-person development" opportunity because of the growth you will experience both professionally and personally.

International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)

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.

Research Abroad

Highly motivated students can also fulfill their international experience requirement by participating in research abroad.

The Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) offers unique opportunities for Bachelor students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities & research institutes provide housing assistance.

EuroScholars is a unique study abroad program for advanced students who have the opportunity to conduct research at a high caliber institution while taking a language and culture class. There are an abundance of academic research projects in a variety of fields to choose from within the participating universities. EuroScholars is a once in a lifetime opportunity to become familiar with the European academic culture and to investigate your potential in a future research career while enjoying the value of study abroad as an undergraduate student.

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