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This information is for students who plan to come to Texas Tech University on an exchange program established through a formal agreement between Texas Tech and partner universities around the world. The terms of each agreement are unique, but they allow students at both institutions to study abroad while paying tuition at their home institutions. Please check with your international office to see if your institution has a current exchange agreement with Texas Tech University.

Exchange students may attend Texas Tech for a semester or academic year. Incoming exchange students are selected and nominated by their home universities. All students coming to Texas Tech through an exchange agreement apply online DIRECTLY to the Texas Tech Study Abroad Office. Your International Office Exchange Coordinator can inform you about the application procedures at your university.

Once the application is received, the Study Abroad office requests departmental approval based on course availability. Upon receiving departmental approval, the Study Abroad Office issues the paperwork necessary to obtain a J-1 student visa from the U.S. Department of State. The visa documents will be sent directly to the student's home school coordinator.  Students will also receive information on housing and insurance requirements and will be registered in their classes before arrival.

Students are expected to arrive one week before the start of classes for mandatory orientation.  Orientation includes presentations about immigration status, safety on campus, and cultural adjustment. There is time for students to meet with departmental advisors and faculty to finalize class selection and registration. 

Students who will be employed on campus are eligible to get a U.S. Social Security Card.  Off-campus employment is not permitted.

The link for the online application can be obtained from the International Exchange Coordinator at your home university.

Application Deadlines

  • 1 October - to begin studies in January (Spring semester)
  • 1 April - to begin studies in August (Fall semester or Academic Year)

Required Application Documents

1.  Receive nomination from your university.
Your home university’s coordinating exchange office or international office should email the exchange coordinator for Texas Tech University ( directly, nominating you as an exchange student.  Then you will receive instructions from your university about the application process.
2.  Official Transcript from your home university.
The Grade Point Average (GPA) needed to attend Texas Tech is 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 for undergraduates, 3.0 for undergraduate Business students, and 3.0 for graduate students.  Architecture students will need to submit a portfolio in addition to their official transcript.  
3.  English Language Requirements
Please submit proof of your English language proficiency.*  This may be scores from TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English language OR a statement from your university verifying that your language capabilities in English are sufficient to attend courses taught in English.
*Note: Students applying to the Law School must provide TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English or Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English language.
4.  Proof of Financial Support
Evidence of financial support, $5000 for one semester or $11,000 for the academic year, must be provided. This should be an original document, for example an original bank statement received in the post, or a letter signed by an official of a financial institution stating the availability of funds at these levels. You will need to provide an original of these financial documents for your visit to the U.S. Embassy or Consular Office.
5.  Photo of Yourself
Either a passport size photo or similar; this can be sent electronically as an attachment.
6.  Copy of your Passport Information Page
A clear color copy of the information page of your passport.
7.  Statement of Purpose
Please attach a statement of purpose to study at Texas Tech with an introduction about yourself.
Please send your signature verification form to the following address:
International Exchange Coordinator
Texas Tech University
601 Indiana Ave.
Lubbock, TX 79409
For additional questions please email