Students from all disciplines are invited to attend and learn about approved programs offered through Texas Tech.
Texas Tech University's Office of International Affairs will host its annual Study Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday (Sept. 15) in the Student Union Building (SUB) Ballroom.
“Study abroad is something that will set you apart,” said Whitney Longnecker, director of study abroad at Texas Tech. “It gives students a competitive advantage when it comes to their first job or graduate school.”
Texas Tech offers a comprehensive range of unique academic programs in 50 countries. The programs offer both undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to earn academic credit in an international setting.
“Students often do not know where to begin with study abroad,” Longnecker said. “The fair is the perfect place to start. It showcases our programs and allows students to access a lot of information all in one place. Students will learn about programs appropriate for their major, learn about financial aid options and get to talk to study abroad alumni.”
Not only is study abroad an enjoyable experience for students, it also is an invaluable academic experience.
“When I studied abroad in Japan the teaching and study styles were different,” said Raul Perez, a Texas Tech graduate. “I learned new studying methods from my friends there. I had only known the American way of studying and didn't realize there were other, and sometimes better, ways of doing it.”
In addition to the enhanced academic experience, the social connections gained can go on to serve students in their careers. Students can network with professionals across the world and build connections that will serve them in the future.
Kaleena Pickett is another Texas Tech graduate, who studied in Spain.
“The friends I made through the program will last a lifetime,” Pickett said. “Everyone should study abroad; it's a life-changing experience. Everyone is unique, so what I got out of my experience may not be what someone else gets, but they will get something. I've never met anyone who has regretted it.”
In addition to the fair, Rango the Camel will make an appearance on Tuesday (Sept. 14) at the SUB to draw attention to the event. Students are encouraged to stop by and get a selfie with Rango.