Once You’re Accepted
After students receive an automated email notifying them that their TTU Study Abroad application was approved, there are still a few important steps to be completed.
- Commit to participating in your program.
On your online TTU Study Abroad application, click the “CONFIRM” button located on your home page. Once complete, your Student Business Services account will be billed the non-refundable Education Abroad Fee ($200).
- Complete TTU application requirements.
Now that you are approved by TTU, new requirements appear on your online application. Carefully read and sign each of the signature documents and complete additional questionnaires.
- Complete program application requirements, if applicable.
If you are participating in a reciprocal exchange or affiliated program, then you must also apply directly to the host institution and/or program provider. These application deadlines differ from Texas Tech deadlines, and your Study Abroad Advisor can assist with this part of the process. Please disregard this step if you are participating in faculty-led program or program at the TTU Center in Seville.
- Do research about your host country and its cultures.
Too often this step is dismissed by students who later realize how much better prepared they could have been if only they had made the time. There are numerous resources online including Global Road Warrior (below), C.I.A. Factbook, National Geographic, Lonely Planet, the U.S. Department of State, Go Overseas, and more. Visit the How Much Do You Know About Your Host Country? page for a list of thoughtful questions you can ask yourself to make sure that you're informed.
- Receive medical clearance.
After acceptance, all study abroad students must be medically cleared to travel. Most students will only need to complete and submit three forms by the established deadline, but some students also require a travel physical appointment depending on the location(s) where they will be abroad. Consult with Student Disability Services about concerns, if applicable, and visit the medical clearance webpage for more details. Study Abroad staff recommend submitting the three required forms well before the deadline to prevent delays receiving medical clearance.
- Attend the mandatory Pre-departure Orientation.
All students must attend one of the Pre-departure Orientation sessions conducted by Study Abroad staff. Students who do not attend are not approved to study abroad. A link to the Pre-departure Orientation Registration Form is included in your online TTU Study Abroad application. Note that in addition to Pre-departure Orientation, your department or college may require that you attend additional orientations/workshops.
- Register for an International Student Identity Card (optional).
This card allows you to prove your student status worldwide and gain access to discounts and benefits in over 125,000 locations. Visit the new ISIC webpage to order your ISIC online, and be sure to list Texas Tech as your home institution. Delivery takes approximately three or four weeks, and the cost is $26. Free standard shipping is offered via the ISIC portal: www.myisic.com/orders/store.
- Apply for scholarships!
Check out our Scholarships webpage for details. If you are planning to use financial aid during the term that you will be abroad, you have the option of meeting with the Study Abroad Financial Aid Advisor. Visit our Financial Aid webpage for instructions to make this appointment.
- Complete student visa application and other immigration requirements, if applicable.
Depending on your citizenship, travel destination(s), and the length of your study abroad program, you may need to apply for a student visa. This process will vary greatly depending on the three aforementioned variables, so it is imperative that you carefully research the steps you must take to obtain your visa successfully and in time for your date of departure. Note that it is your responsibility to research immigration requirements and submit your student visa application. Your Study Abroad Advisor can assist you with the application process.