Semester Abroad Programs

The School of Law offers legal study for credit through cooperative programs with five different universities in France, Denmark, Lithuania, Australia and Germany. The foreign law schools involved include the following:

Participation in these semester abroad programs is limited, so competitive applications may be required depending upon interest in a particular program. Texas Tech students selected to participate in these programs are charged their regular Texas Tech tuition for the cost of the program. Students are responsible for paying all other costs related to attendance (e.g., travel, room/board, books, facility fees, etc.).

Participating Texas Tech students select from the regular course offerings at the relevant foreign university and study with students and professors at the host institution. This level of participation provides an unparalleled education in comparative and international law.

In order to timely complete the application requirements of the American Bar Association (ABA), Texas Tech, and the host institutions, students must begin the application process by scheduling to meet with Professor Jorge A. Ramírez, Associate Dean for International Programs, at least one year prior to the time they plan to study abroad. In addition, students must submit a final and signed copy of their Proposal to Study Abroad on or before the first day of classes of the semester immediately preceding the semester for which they propose to study. Missing either of these deadlines may lead to the forfeiture of the student's opportunity to study abroad. Participation requirements are also limited to students who are in good standing and who have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 at the end of the semester immediately preceding the semester for which they intend to study abroad.

Regrettably, our semester abroad programs are not open to non-Texas Tech students.

The ABA approves foreign study programs for students enrolled in any ABA-approved law schools; therefore, any student interested in our semester abroad programs must review the ABA rules well before the time they expect to sign up for such a program. The criteria established by the ABA for receiving credit for our semester abroad programs (defined as "Criteria for Accepting Credit for Student Study at a Foreign Institution" by the ABA) can be found at the ABA Foreign Study website. Among other things, the student's academic program must be approved in advance by Texas Tech.

Texas Tech University requires all their study abroad students (including Tech law students) to register with the Texas Tech Office of International Affairs and to complete an on-line application process that further requires (among other things) attendance at a pre-departure orientation session, physical examination and a processing fee. Texas Tech Students will not be allowed to study abroad unless they complete all requirements included in this online application process. For more information, students should contact a study abroad advisor at Texas Tech's Office for International Affairs. More information about Study Abroad resources and considerations is located at Texas Tech University's Study Abroad Web Site.

Scholarships

For information on study abroad scholarships, click here.

Hazlewood Act Benefits

The use of Hazlewood Act Benefits to pay for Semester Abroad tuition depends upon the interpretation of the Hazlewood Act itself.

The Hazlewood Act description page, http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Hazlewood-Act.aspx, under the “Veteran Qualifications” section, states as follows:

“Veterans who are granted their first Hazlewood Act exemption beginning fall, 2011 must reside in Texas during the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed. This requirement does not apply to the Veterans who either received the exemption prior to the 2011-2012 academic year, have reenlisted into active duty, or reside with a spouse who is on active duty.”

We would encourage any student/Veteran who plans on using Hazlewood Act benefits to pay for a Semester Abroad program to confirm their availability with the Texas Veterans Commission before committing to such a program.

Deadlines

Students must contact Prof. Jorge Ramirez (jorge.ramirez@ttu.edu) at least one year prior to their proposed semester abroad to be eligible. Further information will be provided upon meeting.

Cancellation Policy

Texas Tech and your sponsoring university reserve the right to change or cancel the program for reasons beyond their control. Sponsoring universities retain the right to cancel any individual course due to insufficient enrollment, to adjust class meeting or exam times, or to substitute faculty. If a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert is issued for your destination before or during the program, all registrants and students will be promptly notified of the warning and be given an opportunity to withdraw from the program. If changes are made in the course offerings or other significant aspects of the program, all registrants will be given the opportunity to withdraw from the program. None of these programs have been cancelled in the past.

Costs

Tuition Refund

Refund Policy: The ABA requires the law school to adopt policies regarding the circumstances and timing of the refund of monies advanced by students. The Texas Tech University School of Law Study Abroad Exchange program does not require the student to advance any monies for registration in the program. The Office of International Affairs for the University itself does charge an administration fee for the processing of the application, which includes registration at the foreign university, visa assistance and other assistance related to the registration process, which is non-refundable after acceptance into the program. Again, those funds are non-refundable.

Refunds of tuition and fees for withdrawal from school itself are dependent upon the specific day a student withdraws. The specific refund schedule can be found in the “Finance” section of the “General Information” section of the “Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog” for Texas Tech University, which can be found at the following website: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/pdfs/2014-2015%20TTU%20Catalog.pdf

Payment Procedures

Any fee imposed by Texas Tech University or your foreign institution of choice will be rationally related to the costs of administering the service for which the fee is charged.

Texas Tech University will inform the student of any costs in addition to tuition that are charged by your foreign institution of choice for transferring credit earned at the University.

Preparations

Web Resources

US State Department Travel Advisories and Travel Resources

Passports and Visas
Passports are required for travel to countries outside of the United States and are the responsibility of each participant. Information and forms are available at your local US courthouse or at Texas Tech University. Students can apply for a passport on campus at the Office of International Affairs. Please review visa requirements for U.S. citizens in your destination country at the State Department website.
Travel Plans
Participants must make their own travel arrangements. We recommend that students arrive in their destination country at least 5 days before their program begins, but this recommendation could vary depending upon the amount of advanced planning done by the student. Students should keep in mind that flights to their destination country may arrive up to two days later than your departure date.
You should begin looking into flight arrangements as soon as possible in order to secure a reasonable price and schedule. If you have any questions regarding which airport you should fly into, please contact Sarah Zlotnick (sarah.zlotnick@ttu.edu).

Program Evaluations

Students will be given an opportunity to evaluate in writing the faculty, courses offered, and the experience at the foreign institution upon their return.

Agreements

The Texas Tech University School of Law has signed a formal Agreement for Academic and Student Exchange Program with these universities, which allows Texas Tech students to study at them for up to two semesters.