What kind of experience are you looking for?
The International Education Office is here to help you plan your study abroad experience. You can study abroad from one week up to an academic year, study in one country or travel to multiple locations and take courses in almost every major offered at TTU. This experience will expand your cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills, expose you to new ways of thinking and learning and prepare you to work in a global environment.
A few things to consider:
- When would you like to go abroad? Summer, Semester or Year
- What kinds of classes do you want to take? Business, Engineering, Foreign Language...etc.
- Do you want to your classes to be taught in a foreign language or would you prefer to take classes in English?
- Do you want to take classes in your major or receive elective credit?
- Finances? You can use your financial aid to study abroad
The Find A Program web page is a great place to get started. You need to narrow your search and decide when, where and how long you want to study abroad. Then you should make an appointment with the study abroad coordinator, Meet Amy Miller. She will assist you in all aspects of study abroad and inform you of the things you need to do to complete the application process.
Talk to your academic advisor before selecting a program
You should make an appointment with your advisor and discuss which courses you have remaining to take on your flow sheet in order to graduate and which ones they would recommend that you take abroad. You will need to research which schools have the courses you need and provide your advisor with a course description and/or syllabus if available.
If you want to receive major, minor or general education credit, ask your academic advisor when would be the best time for you to go abroad and ask him or her to list the courses you’ll need to take in order to stay "on-track" for graduation. Refer to this list when researching your study abroad options.
After you select your program, apply for the program either online or by paper application, download and complete the Study Abroad Application at least 2 months before the deadline (applications are also available in the International Education office). If you need faculty recommendations, make sure you request them 3 weeks before the application is due. You will also need to submit a current TTU transcript and a short essay.
Apply for a passport (if applicable).
Click on Online Passport Application for information on obtaining a passport. We recommend that you apply for a passport at least 5 months before the start of your study abroad program.
Complete the forms and pay your fees.
After you have been accepted to study abroad program you will need to complete all paperwork and pay any deposits that need to be paid. You will also need to visit the Financial Aid office to make sure that you have completed everything. Most programs will allow you to do a Financial Aid deferral form which means that you don't have to pay until you receive your financial aid.
Apply for a Visa or Study Permit (if applicable) and purchase airline ticket.
If you are studying abroad for a semester or more, you may need to apply for a visa. The Study Abroad Office supplies Visa support. Here is information about the specific country and what is need to obtain a visa:
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Upon return, complete an evaluation form. You will also need to fill out a form to complete your 10 hours of service. Also, follow up on your transcripts and credits to make sure you get the credits you earned. Credit transfer is on a pass/fail basis, so as long as you get a C or better then you will get the earned hours and your GPA will not change.