Students

Study Abroad Timeline/Process

  • 6-12 MONTHS BEFORE DEPARTURE

    • Explore and discover what type of study abroad you are looking for, check "how to choose a program" for tips
    • Check and see if you meet the general requirements.
    • Attend a Study Abroad info session and/or the Study Abroad Fair.  
    • To assist you in your search, please check Search by Major for Semester Study and/or Summer Programs
    • Make an appointment on Tech Connect to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor with to learn about some possible program options that fit your academic, financial and personal needs.
    • Talk to your Academic Advisor about different programs you are considering and how each fits into your 4-year academic plan.
    • Research scholarships available. Applications must be submitted very early.
    • If your parents have questions, please direct them to the Parent section.

  • 4-5 MONTHS BEFORE DEPARTURE

    • Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor if you have more specific questions or need help choosing between programs. To make an appointment, use Tech Connect
    • Begin the paperwork required by the Study Abroad Office: Students (before departure)
    • Work with your Academic Advisor on course equivalencies and gather signatures from the department Chairs. You want to make sure that the courses offered by your chosen study abroad program will transfer back to TTU.
    • APPLY FOR YOUR PASSPORT – All students going abroad will need a valid passport. If you do not have a current passport, you should apply for one as soon as possible. Here is a link for passport application procedures:  Passport Application
    • Meet with the Office of Financial Aid to determine your financial aid eligibility for your proposed program. (forms included in the required paperwork)
    • Apply to the study abroad program/school of your choice (see Study Abroad Advisor for instructions). 

  • Deadline

    Finish the paperwork required by the Study Abroad Office: Students (before departure)

    Application Deadlines: 

    Fall and Summer: March 15th           

    Spring: October 15th

    Note: Some programs and scholarships have earlier deadline dates so please give attention to details.

  • 2-3 MONTHS BEFORE DEPARTURE

    • After acceptance to the program/university is confirmed and you have completed all required paperwork, you may research airline tickets and purchase the one you want. For advise on searching, please see the Travel section.  Immediately after confirming your flight, please email a copy of the airline ticket receipt to the Study Abroad Office.  The processing of the reimbursement generally takes about 3 weeks.
    • If necessary, apply for your Student Visa, which is a permit to enter the country that is put inside your passport. Many countries do not require a visa for short-term trips however, most countries require a visa for stays over 90 days. Visa regulations change often so students in all programs have the responsibility to investigate requirements and obtain all necessary documents needed to apply for their visa(s). Plan ahead as this process can be cumbersome for some countries.  Some visas require a personal interview so this process may require travel to Washington, D.C., Houston, or Atlanta to submit documentation in person.
      • While the study abroad staff gives visa support, it is the sole responsibility of the student to apply for his/her own visa and provide all supplemental documents mandated by the Embassy or Consulate of their host country/countries.
    • Students are required to have insurance that not only covers medical expenses abroad but also covers Medical Evacuation and Repatriation benefits. Several TTU programs have this kind of insurance built into the program fees, however, some of them do not.  For links to recommended insurance plans and other health related issues, please see the Health section.

  • 1-2 MONTHS BEFORE DEPARTURE

    • Attend your mandatory pre-departure orientation session.
    • You must register at TTU as well as at your host institution.  The Study Abroad Office will give you the appropriate course to sign up for at TTU.  This course will match the number of hours you plan to take abroad. So, if there are any changes to how many courses you are taking abroad, you will need to also change your registration at TTU, so keep the Study Abroad Office informed of any changes.  The host institution will give you instructions on how to register at their school. 
    • Pay your tuition/program fees by the deadlines given for each. 
      • Students will also need to submit payment for non-tuition costs (housing deposits, program fees, etc.) to the sponsoring organization/institution. It is your responsibility to make these payments by the deadlines set by and/or your study abroad/exchange program.
    • If there are any issues with your student account due to your study abroad registration, please inform the Study Abroad Office immediately and we can make adjustments if necessary.
    • Inform Study Abroad Office of any changes to application or documents.
    • Research your study abroad location and prepare for your time abroad. Preparing for study abroad is an important part of your overall experience. Take time to read about the country in which you will be studying.
    • Educate yourself about local issues and politics. Your host country’s culture, practices, and social norms are very different from the U.S. and you may be asked to discuss these topics in detail. Preparing yourself for your time abroad will help you gain more insight into your host country.

    Bon Voyage! Счастливого пути! Gute Reise!

  • WHILE ABROAD

    • If any changes need to be made to your original plan on the Transfer Credit form, you must get approval from your advisor and the department chair for each course change.  You must also inform the Study Abroad Office of the changes so that the signatures can be obtained. 
    • Make sure you request that a transcript be sent to the TTU Study Abroad Office before you return.  The Financial Aid office requires us to finish the credit posting process before the end of the term of the semester following the one abroad.

  • RETURN

    • Follow up with the Study Abroad Office to make sure your transcript arrives and that your credits are posted properly.
    • Complete an evaluation and fulfill the required 10 service hours.  The Study Abroad Office will send out emails with opportunities on how to complete your hours after you return.  If you have conflicts with completing the hours after your return, we can give you opportunities to do the service hours before you go abroad.  You must track your hours on the Service Hours form and turn it in when the 10 hours are completed to the Study Abroad Office.  If you do not complete your hours of service in a timely manner, the Study Abroad Office will put a hold on your Eagle Online.