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.
- Confirm participation in your study abroad program.
This step is completed by clicking the “CONFIRM” button on your online TTU Study Abroad application. Once completed, your Student Business Services account will be billed the non-refundable Education Abroad Fee ($200).
- After your TTU Study Abroad application is approved, you will notice that new requirements appear in your online application. You are required to carefully read and sign each of the signature documents and complete additional questionnaires.
- Students participating in a reciprocal exchange or affiliate program must also apply
to the host institution and/or program provider.
Application deadlines may differ from Texas Tech's deadlines. Your Study Abroad Advisor can assist with this part of the process.
- Do as much research as possible about your host country and culture.
Too often this step is dismissed by study abroad students who later realize how much better prepared they could have been if they had made the time. There are numerous resources online including the CIA Factbook, National Geographic, Lonely Planet, StudentsAbroad.state.gov, GoOverseas.com, and more. Visit How Much Do You Know About Your Host Country? page for a list of thoughtful questions you can ask yourself to get informed.
Visit the Global Road Warrior website (now with your eraider credentials!)
- Receive medical clearance to study abroad.
This process depends on the host country or countries in which you will be studying. Remember to consult with Student Disability Services, if applicable! The forms you will need for this clearance are available through your application once you have been accepted.
- Attend a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation.
MANDATORY Pre-Departure Orientation Sessions are conducted by the Study Abroad office every semester. All students must attend regardless of orientations/workshops offered by other departments or colleges. Complete the online Pre-departure Orientation Registration form to select your preferred date (note: capacity is limited to 125 students per session).
- Register for an International Student Identity Card (optional).
The card allows you to prove your student status worldwide and gain access to discounts and benefits in over 125,000 locations. Visit new ISIC card page to order online and be sure to list Texas Tech as your home institution. Please note that delivery takes approximately 3-4 weeks, and the cost is $25. Free standard shipping is offered via the ISIC portal: www.myisic.com/orders/store.
- Apply for scholarships!
Check out our Scholarships page for details. If you are using financial aid for the term that you are abroad, you must schedule a meeting with the Study Abroad Financial Aid Advisor. See our Financial Aid page for more information about making this appointment.
- Complete your student visa application and any other immigration requirements, if
Depending on your citizenship, your host country, 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 need to take to get your visa successfully and in time for your date of departure. Note: It is your responsibility to research immigration requirements and submit your visa application. Your Study Abroad advisor can assist you with the application process.