Military Veterans & ROTC
The Study Abroad team encourages all students to consider building study abroad into their degree plan at Texas Tech University. As a military-friendly university, TTU welcomes student veterans and ROTC students who meet TTU Study Abroad eligibility requirements to participate in our programs. We recognize the challenges and unique cultural barriers of studying abroad for student veterans and ROTC students, but it is our belief that military veterans and cadets bring unique assets to study abroad, including but not limited to the following:
- Leadership experience (often under pressure)
- Independence and maturity
- Proven work ethic
- Previous international experience
Note: ROTC cadets at TTU are encouraged by their commanding officers to study abroad as a General Military Cadet (GMC). Specifically, GMCs are encouraged to study abroad during the summer term after two semesters on campus (between First year student and sophomore years). If a GMC's academic program requires study abroad (e.g., the Whitacre College of Engineering), then a semester-long program is approved by ROTC at TTU.
To assist with what may be a challenging transition from your life in the U.S., our staff are committed to do the following:
- Work closely with the Military & Veterans Programs office regarding the application of veteran benefits for study abroad (i.e., the Post-9/11 GI Bill or Montgomery GI Bill).
- Communicate with Texas Tech's Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC commanders about appropriate study abroad program options for TTU students.
- Partner with Department of Defense programs like Project Global Officer that are committed to providing support and scholarships to ROTC students for critical languages study abroad.
- Include discussion in advising appointments and pre-departure orientation about what it means to be a student veteran, Army cadet, or Air Force cadet outside of the U.S. specifically with regard to perceptions of anti-U.S. military abroad.
- Share resources and information for student veterans and ROTC students abroad such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Study Abroad Fact Sheet, the Post-9/11 GI Bill Study Abroad Programs Fact Sheet, and the AIFS Student Guide to Study Abroad & Career Development.
- Stay up-to-date with Texas Tech's Green Zone trainings for veterans' advocacy.
- See attached pdf for additional resources.