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Earn Credit While Abroad

The way credit is applied to a student's Texas Tech transcript depends on the program type.

Credit for TTU Study Abroad Programs

Faculty-led Programs

Faculty-led programs are study abroad programs directed by Texas Tech faculty, usually during the summer. Students enroll in TTU catalog courses. Credit and grades are posted on the transcript as if the student were on the main campus.

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Students are enrolled in TTU catalog courses taught by Texas Tech faculty. Credit and grades are posted on the transcript as if the student were on the main Texas Tech campus.

Reciprocal Exchange Programs

Reciprocal programs are direct exchanges between foreign universities and Texas Tech. Because students pay Texas Tech tuition and fees to participate in these exchanges, grades received for courses taken abroad will be calculated in a student's GPA at Texas Tech. The name of the classes that appear on the Texas Tech transcript will be Texas Tech classes.

Pre-Approval of Credit for Study Abroad Programs

  • Students participating in TTU faculty-led programs or TTU Center programs do not need to have their credit pre-approved since they are taking TTU catalog courses.
  • Students planning to study abroad on reciprocal exchange or affiliate programs must get their courses pre-approved before studying abroad. Credit pre-approval is granted by the the relevant academic department on campus for the courses the student wants to take abroad. (i.e. History classes are approved by the History Dept.). Your Study Abroad advisor will help you with this process.
  • Students must discuss their plans with their academic advisor to determine which courses meet the requirements for their degree plan.
  • If prior approval is not obtained from the relevant academic department credit may not be granted upon return from studying abroad. Your Study Abroad advisor will help you complete the credit pre-approval form. Students in the last 30 hours at Texas Tech must also get approval from the Dean of their college.

Receiving Credit for Students Participating in Affiliate and Reciprocal Programs

While abroad, students must request that an official transcript be sent to the Credit Coordinator in the Study Abroad office. Under no circumstances will a hand-carried or student copy of a transcript be accepted. The Study Abroad office cannot begin the process for students to receive Texas Tech credit until official transcripts have been received.

Students may be required to bring textbooks, syllabi, class notes, special projects, tests, and papers written for each class back to Texas Tech University. For Art classes this may include paintings, ceramics, pictures, or jewelry. Students who do not bring these materials back will delay and possibly negate credit being received for a study abroad course.

Receiving Credit for Students Participating in International Internship Programs

Students whose degree plan requires an internship experience may opt to complete their internship experience abroad for academic credit. The affiliate providers with which TTU partners are able to place students in various types of internships all over the world. This opportunity is especially valuable for RHIM majors, Engineering majors, and more.

Some academic departments offer a credit-bearing internship course option to students whose degree plan does not require an internship experience. Other departments offer a credit-bearing course titled Individual Studies or Special Topics. With the approval of their department, these students can complete their internship experience abroad for academic credit.