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International Student Life Events and Programs


International Orientation August and January
  • The International Student Life unit helps international undergraduate students get off to a great start with an interactive and informative orientation. This orientation, geared strictly to international students, complements Red Raider Orientation that is mandatory for all Texas Tech University students.
  • The Graduate School conducts a separate orientation for all TTU graduate students.
Welcome Event August and January
  • Immediately following the International Student Orientation, new and returning international students are invited to a welcome event to kick off the new semester. In addition to lots of great food, students have a chance to learn about on- and off-campus resources, and make new friends.
Cultural Exchange Program all year
  • The Cultural Exchange program connects international students and community families to enhance cultural understanding.
Tailgating Event and Homecoming Flag Parade Fall
  • International Student Life organizes a tailgating event for international students to introduce them to U.S. and Texas culture and traditions, and help them catch the Red Raider spirit!
  • Additionally, students can participate in the annual Homecoming Flag Parade, representing the diverse international student population at Texas Tech University.
Albuquerque Balloon Festival Fall
  • The Albuquerque Balloon Festival is one example of activities organized for international students by the International Student Life unit.
Thanksgiving Dinner with Community Partners  
  • The quintessential American tradition of Thanksgiving Dinner is an opportunity for our community partners to share U.S. culture and tradition with international students.
Candlelight at the Ranch  
  • This annual event at the Ranching Heritage Center allows international students to see life as it was in the early days of Texas.
Coleman Hall Event Fall and Spring
  • Coleman Hall serves as “home away from home” for many international undergraduate students. Casual events throughout the year help international and U.S. students develop lasting relationships in a relaxed atmosphere.
Worldwide Showcase  
  • International students share aspects of their culture with the Texas Tech community in the annual Worldwide Showcase. Student groups from around the world sing, dance, and more in this highly-anticipated event that is a prominent part of International Week at Texas Tech University.
Spring Break Trip to Junction March
  • The Spring Break Trip to Junction is one example of activities organized for international students by the International Student Life unit.
Career Forum April
  • Co-sponsored by the Office of International Affairs and the University Career Center the Career Forum helps international students prepare for the job search process through workshops and a networking reception.
Graduation Reception Fall and Spring
  • Twice a year the International Student Life unit organizes a reception to celebrate the academic achievements of graduating international students.

International Affairs