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Advising v. Study Abroad Advising

Working with advisors on campus is a key part of a successful study abroad experience. Each advisor has a different role in supporting a student in the study abroad planning and application process. We know it can get confusing, so here are descriptions of the different ways that we can help:

Academic Advising

It is important to inform your Academic Advisor that you are planning to study abroad because they are the staff person to help you figure out when to study abroad. Your Academic Advisor is familiar with your unique degree plan; therefore, meeting with your Academic Advisor at the beginning of the study abroad planning process will ensure that you do not fall behind and graduate late. Tell your Academic Advisor, “I want to build study abroad into my degree plan,” and they will be able to explain how and when an academic term abroad would fit into your degree plan to ensure that you graduate on time. Additionally, your Academic Advisor can answer questions you may have about which courses you still need to graduate. This information is critical so that you carefully select the courses you take while you study abroad.

To make an advising appointment with your Academic Advisor to discuss your plan to study abroad, please visit strive.ttu.edu

Rawls Center for Global Engagement Advising

Students in the Rawls College of Business will meet with a Rawls Center for Global Engagement (CGE) staff member to start the study abroad process. You will not be permitted to schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor until you have met with CGE. They are prepared to help you select an approved study abroad program that aligns with your degree plan and identify Business courses abroad that are appropriate for you.

To make an advising appointment with the Rawls Center for Global Engagement, please visit strive.ttu.edu

Engineering International Program Advising

Students in the Whitacre College of Engineering will meet with one of the International Program Managers to start the study abroad process. You will not be permitted to schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor until you have met with an Engineering International Program Manager. They are prepared to help you select a study abroad program that aligns with your Engineering degree plan and identify Engineering courses abroad that are appropriate for you.

To make an advising appointment with the International Programs office, please visit www.depts.ttu.edu/coe/

Study Abroad Advising

After attending Study Abroad 101, you are almost ready to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor. TTU students are expected to come prepared to appointments with their Study Abroad Advisor. Before your initial advising appointment, prepare so that you come to your meeting with a clear understanding of which study abroad program options interest you and what classes you want (or need) to take for your degree plan. Make time to research the study abroad program(s) of interest to you by using the TTU Study Abroad website, and complete the “Pre-Advising Worksheet” that is sent by email after attending Study Abroad 101.

To make an advising appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor, visit strive.ttu.edu and follow these instructions:

  1. Log in with your eRaider information and click on the blue box “Get Academic Advising & Support”
  2. Under “Please tell us why...,” click “Take Your Degree to the Next Level”
  3. Under “Options,” select “Study Abroad”, then “TTU Study Abroad- *Initial” and click “Next”
  4. Select Location “Office of International Affairs,” and then select a Study Abroad Advisor
  5. Select appointment time when I am available and fill out any additional details you want me to know in the comments box. Complete by hitting “Confirm”

*How to choose your Study Abroad Advisor

  • If you are planning to participate in a faculty-led program, you will not meet with a Study Abroad Advisor; instead, you must contact the professor who is leading the program for program details.
  • If you are interested in studying abroad in Spain or doing a research or internship abroad program, make your appointment with Donna K. Wright.
  • If you are interested in doing a service abroad program, make your appointment with Rachel Massey.
  • All other students are welcome to schedule their appointment on a first come, first served basis with any of the following advisors: Bethany Kuwitzky, Catherine Vu, Padraig Murphy, or Rachel Massey.

Peer Advising

If you want or need assistance preparing for your first advising appointment with your Study Abroad Advisor, you are encouraged to contact a Study Abroad Peer Advisor. The Study Abroad Peer Advisors are returned study abroad students who always welcome the opportunity to share information and help future study abroad students. They have great insight on the application process as well as topics like applying for scholarships, taking out loans, selecting classes, and more!

To make an advising appointment with a Peer Advisor, please send an email to oia.studyabroad@ttu.edu

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