Welcome Parents & Families
A Message from the Vice Provost of International Affairs
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Greetings from the Office of International Affairs! We are delighted that your student is thinking about study abroad or has already decided to participate. Research demonstrates that a study abroad experience can have a tremendous, transformative impact on a college student's academic, professional, and personal development. At Texas Tech, study abroad is an integral part of the Red Raider experience and better prepares students – whether they are from Texas, New York, Bangkok, or Cairo – to work, live, and compete in a global economy.
Study abroad programs allow students to earn academic credit and can include international experiences such as research, internships, and service. It is the mission of our office to break down barriers, financial and otherwise, to make study abroad accessible to as many students as possible. Texas Tech recognizes that parents, family, and guardians are critical partners in achieving these goals and supporting student success. To assist, we have developed the following website and resources for parents and guardians to explain the various aspects of the study abroad process and answer questions that you may have.
By studying abroad with Texas Tech, your student can make substantial progress toward their academic collegiate pursuits. Our staff is committed to connecting your student with opportunities that not only meet their unique goals and needs but also provide a significant and enriching cultural experience. TTU expects students to take responsibility for and ownership of their process because doing so can further develop the maturity, independence, self-confidence, and self-sufficiency that students learn while abroad. As such, our staff will communicate directly with your student, and we encourage you to help support their direct communication with us as well.
We strive to provide each student with the support, guidance, knowledge, and tools to safely and successfully participate in study abroad as part of their academic career. Please be assured that our overarching priority is the safety and security of our Study Abroad participants. Given the inherent threats in today's world – not just abroad, but everywhere – we continuously monitor global events and trends and will not hesitate to remove a site, or even an entire country, as a study abroad destination until such time as conditions improve.
During the decades that I have been with Texas Tech University, I have been happy to see thousands of our students pursue education abroad experiences all over the world. They have enjoyed the friendliness of international professors and the host communities that welcome their curiosity and desire for intercultural engagement.
It is my belief that our study abroad students bring something special back to Texas Tech, and I want to thank you whole-heartedly for playing a vital part in the study abroad process – from their decision to participate all the way through their return. We are very proud of our study abroad students, and Texas Tech is dedicated to making your student's study abroad one of the most meaningful and impactful experiences of their life.
Sukant Misra, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for International Affairs
Professor of Agricultural & Applied Economics
Understanding the Process
Your student will meet with a Study Abroad Counselor to explore the study abroad process. Resources throughout the study abroad website will help you follow along.
Supporting Your Student
Your student may need your support at certain points of the study abroad process. Be prepared by understanding the stages of study abroad to determine the most appropriate response.