Texas Tech University

International Students

Tuberculosis Screening

Tuberculosis (TB) screening is required for incoming international students (or those considered to be international students) that were born in, resided in, or traveled to one of the following countries:

Afghanistan
Algeria
Angola
Argentina
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Cambodia
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Côte d'Ivoire
Democratic People's Republic of
Korea
Democratic Republic of the
Congo
Djibouti
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Ghana
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
India
Indonesia
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Iraq
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lao People's Democratic
Republic
Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Lithuania
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia (Federated States
of)
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Niue
Pakistan
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of Korea
Republic of Moldova
Romania
Russian Federation
Rwanda
Saint Vincent and the
Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Republic of
Tanzania
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela (Bolivarian
Republic of)
Viet Nam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

 

UNIVERSITY POLICY REQUIRES:

  • T-Spot or Quantiferon Gold blood testing is required (no skin tests).
  • Tuberculosis testing must be done within the first 12 months of enrollment.
  • Students with a prior BCG immunization still require tuberculosis testing.
  • Students with positive TB test results will be evaluated at Student Health Services.
  • For chest x-rays to be accepted in place of the blood test, chest x-rays MUST have been done in the UNITED STATES and within the last 12 months prior to enrollment.

Student Health Services personnel will apply a registration hold which will go into effect five weeks after classes start for students who meet the TB screening requirement. This hold will not be in effect during the first five weeks of class. This will allow enough time for international students to add and drop classes as needed. After five weeks, the hold will go into effect which will prevent students from being able to register for classes the following semester. 

TB Screening documentation must be presented to Student Health Services OR the TB blood drawn test (T-Spot) must be administered at Student Health Services for the hold to be completely removed. 

International students can contact the clinic to make an appointment for TB screening. 806.743.2848. Appointments are available Monday - Friday, from 8:00 - 2:00 for TB testing. 

To understand the Meningitis requirement for all incoming students, visit our Immunization Requirements for New Students page.  

TB SCREENING SHOULD BE CONSIDERED, REGARDLESS OF NATIONALITY, FOR THOSE:

Persons who have been close contacts of a person with infectious TB.

Persons with signs or symptoms of active TB.

Student Health Services