Texas Tech University

OIA Services and Contacts

The Office of International Affairs integrates the global vision of Texas Tech University by fostering international leadership, awareness, education, research, and outreach for the university and the greater community.

Working with and through the colleges, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) coordinates international activities at Texas Tech and is composed of the following divisions:


ReceptionOffice of International Affairswww.international.ttu.eduoia.reception@ttu.edu806.742.3667

K-12 Global Education (IEDO) Division

K-12 Global Education Outreach serves the community by providing cultural programs to K-12 students from public, private, and home schools throughout the South Plains.

Contact: Mr. Charles Olivier, Assistant Director, charles.olivier@ttu.edu

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Division

ISSS operates the university's international student life programs, as well as student, scholar, and university department immigration services. ISSS staff assist with students and scholars immigration processes, institutional compliance and reporting requirements, orientation, financial concerns, cross-cultural issues, and campus and community integration.

Contact: Dr. Richard Porter, Director of ISSS, richard.porter@ttu.edu

  • For International Student Life information contact Ms. Beth Mora, Administrator, beth.mora@ttu.edu

International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies

The International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies (ICASALS) promotes the University's special mission of the interdisciplinary study of arid and semiarid environments and the human relationship to these environments from an international perspective. The purpose of ICASALS is to stimulate, coordinate and implement teaching, research, and public service activities concerning all aspects of the world's arid and semiarid regions, their people and their problems.

Contact: Dr. Mario Beruvides, Interim Director, International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies (ICASALS), mario.beruvides@ttu.edu

International Grants and Partnerships (IGAP) Division

The International Grants and Partnerships (IGAP) division works with faculty to identify and disseminate international research opportunities and facilitate the development and submission of multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research proposals to funding agencies. Additionally, they work with faculty to develop partnerships with international institutions to further enhance the international reputation of Texas Tech.

Contact: Ms. Reagan Ribordy, Senior Director, International Programs, reagan.ribordy@ttu.edu

International Relations (IR) Division

Comprised of International Alumni Relations, International Arts and Culture (art exhibits, speakers, etc.), and International Fundraising, the International Relations division engages and connects TTU alumni, scholars, and donors and brings cultural programming to the multiple and diverse South Plains and TTU communities.

Contact: Carolina Arellanos, Assistant Director, International Relations, carolina.arellanos@ttu.edu

  • For International Arts and Culture information contact Ms. Jan Stogner, Assistant Director, jan.stogner@ttu.edu

Study Abroad

The Study Abroad division of the Office of International Affairs coordinates all study abroad programs for Texas Tech University students. In today's globalized job market, students who participate in a study abroad program, to include international internships, service-learning, and research, can be more competitive in every discipline. The division offers students four unique types of study abroad experiences: faculty-led; the TTU Center in Seville, Spain, reciprocal exchange programs, and affiliate programs.

For Study Abroad information go to: Study Abroad website

Contact: Ms. Whitney Longnecker, Director, whitney.longnecker@ttu.edu

Administration and Finance (A&F) Unit

The Administration and Finance unit provides support to all units and divisions in the Office of International Affairs, and interacts with other campus entities for administrative and financial issues as they relate to the OIA. The Passport Application Acceptance Office is part of this unit, and offers full passport services to the campus and surrounding community.

Center for Global Communication (CGC)

The Center for Global Communication (CGC) develops and advances educational programming and resources that enhance communication as well as multicultural skills for students to effectively converse in a global context. CGC provides resources for students interested in learning more about global challenges, speaker programs for faculty to raise awareness of global issues, and global challenge teaching modules for faculty.

Contact:Dr. Rich Rice, Director of CGC, rich.rice@ttu.edu