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Advising Appointments




Students preparing to study abroad may work with several different campus advisors. We know it can get confusing, so the descriptions explain which advisors can help you with what and when to meet with them.

Academic Advising

Inform your Academic Advisor that you're planning to study abroad. Academic Advisors help students figure out when to study abroad.

Your Academic Advisor is most familiar with your unique degree plan, so meeting with them at the beginning of the planning process ensures you don't graduate late. Tell your Academic Advisor, “I want to build study abroad into my degree,” and they'll explain how and when a term abroad fits into your degree and keeps you on track to graduate. Additionally, your Academic Advisor can answer questions about which courses you still need to graduate, which is critical when choosing the credits you want to earn abroad. If your Academic Advisor is unsure about anything related to study abroad, don't worry - we work closely with Academic Advisors to make sure you can go abroad and graduate on time!

To schedule an advising appointment with your Academic Advisor to discuss your plan to study abroad, visit strive.ttu.edu

Major-Specific Study Abroad Advising

For Engineering Students

Inform the International Engineering Program (IEP) staff that you're planning to study abroad. They help Engineering majors select academically appropriate programs.

Students in the Whitacre College of Engineering will only meet with an International Program Manager to discuss the study abroad process. Engineering majors do not meet with a Study Abroad Advisor in the Office of International Affairs.

To schedule an advising appointment with the IEP staff, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/coe/iep/contact_info.php

For Business Students

Inform the Rawls Center for Global Engagement (CGE) staff that you are planning to study abroad. They help Business majors select academically appropriate programs.

Students in the Rawls College of Business must meet with the Rawls CGE staff to start the study abroad process. You will not be permitted to make an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor in the Office of International Affairs until you meet with the CGE.

To schedule an advising appointment with the Rawls CGE staff, visit strive via https://ttu.starfishsolutions.com/starfish-ops

Study Abroad Advising For All Other Majors

Students are expected to come prepared to appointments with their Study Abroad Counselor. To prepare, arrive with a clear understanding of which study abroad program options interest you and which credits you want (or need) to earn for your degree. Also make sure you've completed your online TTU Study Abroad application.

Appointments are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. To meet with a Study Abroad Counselor, visit  strive.ttu.edu and follow these instructions:

  1. Log in with your eRaider information and click on the blue box "Log In Now.” This will take you to the new Strive. 
  2. Navigate to the page titled "My Success Network." This page can be found by clicking the three bars on the top left side of the page. 
  3. Your "Success Network" should have your current professors, advisors, and tutors listed, if applicable. Click on the "Show Other Services" button under "Your Services." 
  4. Navigate down to the Study Abroad - Main Office section. Once you click on our header you will see the Counselors (listed below) that you can schedule an appointment with. 
  5. After choosing the appropriate Counselor, please click the button on the left side of the page that says "Schedule Appointment."
  6. Select the time slot you prefer, and follow the guided instructions to schedule your appointment. 
  7. In the comments box, write in the program(s) that interest you and click "Confirm"

How to choose your Study Abroad Counselor:

    • Bethany Kuwitzky
      • Advises students who want to learn, intern, serve or research in Asia or the Oceanic Region (Australia, New Zealand, & Fiji)
    • Lanna Sheldon
      • Advises students who want to learn, intern, serve or research anywhere in Spain including the TTU Center in Sevilla
        • Engineering students participating in the programs hosted by the TTU Center in Sevilla will not meet with Lanna Sheldon but instead the appropriate IEP Program Manager
      • Advises students who want to learn, intern, serve or research in the Latin American region (Central & South America)
    • Emma Smith
      • Advises students who want to learn, intern, research or serve abroad in Europe (except Spain)
      • Advises students who want to learn, intern, serve or research in Africa or the Middle East

Study Abroad Peer Advisors

Study Abroad Peer Advisors (SAPA) is a student organization at Texas Tech University comprised of individuals who have studied abroad and hope to inspire other students by sharing stories, insights, and wisdom with other students who are interested in studying abroad. Peer Advisors help the Office of International Affairs at events such as the annual Study Abroad Fair held in the fall semester. They are resources you can seek out to receive student viewpoints on studying abroad and to ask questions about the study abroad process.


A Peer Advisor is at the Office of International Affairs every day for students to come ask questions or an appointment can be made by emailing studyabroadpeeradvisorsttu@gmail.com. For specific office hours, please see the table below. 


For more information on the organization, please visit the or message, the SAPA Instragram @studyabroadpeeradvisorsttu, the SAPA Facebook page, or email studyabroadpeeradvisorsttu@gmail.com.

2020-2021 Study Abroad Peer Advisors: Virtual Office Hours

SAPA Office Hours