Texas Tech University

International Student Life Events and Programs

The Office of International Student Life exists to help make your experience at Texas Tech and in the Lubbock area one that is positive, enriching and transformative! We seek to do this through a variety of events and programs like those listed below, with the hope you will build forever friendships, utilize the many resources and services the campus and community offers, and experience the unique cultures of America, Texas and Raiderland. We hope you will join us and be an ACTIVE part of the International Student community, and think of us as your family while here at Texas Tech!

The events listed below are just some of fun things we offer for international students! Once you are enrolled at TTU you will begin to receive an International Student Newsletter from Beth Mora, International Student Life Administrator. This newsletter goes out once a week and will be loaded with events and activities throughout the semester! We love to meet our students and get to know each and every one of you, so please consider attending!

 International Student Life is a department within the Office of International Affairs. To see more events hosted by OIA, please visit their event page

International Orientation August and January: Before semester Start
  • The International Student Life unit helps international undergraduate students get off to a great start with an interactive and informative orientation. This orientation, geared strictly to international students, complements Red Raider Orientation that is mandatory for all Texas Tech University students.
  • New students who need to attend orientation will be notified by Intentional Student life via TTU e-mail. 

TTU international Student orientation

  • The Graduate School conducts a separate orientation for all TTU graduate students.
Welcome Event August and January
  • Immediately following the International Student Orientation, new and returning international students are invited to a welcome event to kick off the new semester. In addition to lots of great food, students have a chance to learn about on- and off-campus resources, and make new friends.

welcome event

Cultural Exchange Program all year (sign up in OCt). 
  • The Cultural Exchange program connects international students and community families to enhance cultural understanding. This program allows students to experience family life in the United States. Many Students join Thier families for holidays, trips, family dinners and so on. This is also a great way to share your culture with an American family!  Information on when to sign up for this program will be sent to students in their international Student Life Newsletters or on our Get Involved Page. Families or individuals who would like to host an international student can sign up here.

Rozenn and her match

Homecoming Flag Parade Fall: Date TBA
  • The TTU homecoming game is a big event! Homecoming is a tradition associated with football in the United States. It is when former students are welcomed back to celebrate their former school and enjoy the game! At TTU there is a homecoming parade, where additionally, students can participate in the annual Homecoming Flag Parade, representing the diverse international student population at Texas Tech University. Watch for more information in your International Student Newsletter to sign up!

Students at ttu internatinal homecoming flag parade

Culture Fest Fall: Oct 25th 2020
  • Culture Fest is an opportunity for the international student body on campus to share their culture with the rest of the TTU and Lubbock community. International Student organizations are welcome participate in Culture Fest to share thier world with us! It's a great time to get a taste of the food, dance, music, art and culture represented on our campus! This event is open to the general public and the non-international campus community. 

Culture Fest TTU German

thanksgiving Dinner with Community Partners November: Date TBA 
  • The quintessential American tradition of Thanksgiving Dinner is an opportunity for our community partners to share U.S. culture and tradition with international students.
Day Hikes  fall and spring Semester
  • Once a semester, we head out to explore the Great Outdoors of West Texas and/or Eastern New Mexico! Some of our favorite places to visit are Palo Duro Canyon and Caprock Canyon State Park. These are easy, mostly flat hikes. We encourage you to join us to witness the beauty and wildlife of the Great Plains. Day hikes are also a great opportunity to make life long memories and new friends while enjoying the great outdoors! Watch for more dates in your International Student Newsletter. 

International Students at Palo Duro Canyon

Athletic Events Fall and Spring Semester
  • Join the ISL community at sporting events throughout the year to learn the games and cheer on the Red Raiders. These sporting events are a quintessential part of the American college experience, so don't miss out! Don't worry if you aren't familiar with the rules, we will teach you! Watch for your International Student Newsletter for more information. 

International Students at TTU football game

Worldwide Showcase April: Date tba
  • International students share aspects of their culture with the Texas Tech community in the annual Worldwide Showcase. Student groups from around the world sing, dance, and more in this highly-anticipated event that is a prominent part of International Week at Texas Tech University.

Student dancing at international world wide showcase

Spring Break Trip March: Date TBA
  • The Spring Break Trip is held every March during the Spring Break Holiday. Time, dates and location will be announced in your International Student Newsletter. Past Trips have included Santa Fe New Mexico and Junction Texas. Travel with us and explore the U.S; try new foods, see the sites and meet new friends! An adventure awaits you this Spring Break!

TTU ISL Spring Break to Santa Fe

Career Forum march/April: Date TBA
  • Co-sponsored by the Office of International Affairs and the University Career Center the Career Forum helps international students prepare for the job search process.
Graduation Reception Fall and Spring
  • Twice a year the International Student Life unit organizes a reception to celebrate the academic achievements of graduating international students. You have worked had and we want to celebrate all of your achievements! 

TTU international grad reception

TAX WORKSHOP MARCH
  • The TTU Tax office will help you file and prepare your taxes for the fiscal year. This is a free service offered to you by Texas Tech University. 
ADVENTURES
  • During the Fall and Spring semesters we take weekend trips to cities around West Texas. Past trips have included Santa Fe New Mexico, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Texas State Fair, Amarillo Texas, and more! These trips are a great way to meet new people and explore new parts of the United States. 

Carlsbad Caverns trip