Military Veterans & ROTC
The Study Abroad team encourages all students to consider building study abroad into their degree plan at Texas Tech University. As a military-friendly university, TTU welcomes student veterans and ROTC students who meet TTU Study Abroad eligibility requirements to participate in our programs. We recognize the challenges and unique cultural barriers of studying abroad for student veterans and ROTC students, but it is our belief that military veterans and cadets bring unique assets to study abroad, including but not limited to the following:
- Leadership experience (often under pressure)
- Independence and maturity
- Proven work ethic
- Previous international experience
Note: ROTC cadets at TTU are encouraged by their commanding officers to study abroad as a General Military Cadet (GMC). Specifically, GMCs are encouraged to study abroad during the summer term after two semesters on campus (between First year student and sophomore years). If a GMC's academic program requires study abroad (e.g., the Whitacre College of Engineering), then a semester-long program is approved by ROTC at TTU.
Things to Consider
Meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss the best time for you to study abroad.
Include your family in the planning process so they understand how study abroad can benefit your goals and interests. Encourage your family to review the Parents, Guardians & Mentors section of the TTU Study Abroad website for more information.
Talk to your TTU Study Abroad Counselor about which program(s) would best meet your needs.
Consider ways to make your international experience even more impactful. Think about incorporating an international internship, research project or service-learning into your international program. These unique opportunities will help you develop important contacts and skills for your future career.
Take ownership of the process! We understand the study abroad planning process will include many steps. Set yourself up for success by planning ahead. Be sure to keep track of application deadlines, funding opportunities, and program requirements.
TTU Campus Resources
How TTU Study Abroad Can Assist
In addition to advising Military Veterans and ROTC students of their study abroad and funding opportunities, the TTU Study Abroad staff members are committed to do the following:
- Communicate with Texas Tech's Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC commanders about appropriate study abroad program options for TTU students.
- Partner with Department of Defense programs like Project Global Officer that are committed to providing support and scholarships to ROTC students for critical languages study abroad.
- Include discussion in advising appointments and pre-departure orientation about what it means to be a student veteran, Army cadet, or Air Force cadet outside of the U.S. specifically with regard to perceptions of anti-U.S. military abroad.
- Share resources and information for student veterans and ROTC students abroad such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Study Abroad webpage, the Post-9/11 GI Bill Study Abroad Programs Fact Sheet, and the AIFS Student Guide to Study Abroad & Career Development.
- Stay up-to-date with Texas Tech's Green Zone trainings for veterans' advocacy.
- See attached pdf for additional resources.
Speak with a Study Abroad Counselor
Do you or your family have any concerns related to study abroad? Your Study Abroad Counselor can assist with your questions, like:
- What opportunities and challenges have other Military Veterans and ROTC students faced as they prepare to travel abroad?
- Can I be connected with students and alumni with similar identities as me?
- What on-campus support and resources will I have access to overseas?
- How will study abroad help me reach my academic, personal and professional goals?
- Will my TTU financial aid and scholarships count towards my study abroad program?
- What advice do you have for Military Veterans and ROTC students who are thinking about study abroad?
- What impact can going abroad have on my future career path?