Office of International Affairs International Student & Scholar Services

FALL 2014 Semester Pre-Arrival Information


Congratulations on your admission to Texas Tech University! The staff of the International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) office extends this welcome to you and offers suggestions in preparation for your arrival.


Lubbock may be reached from all major cities by bus or plane. Train service is not available to Lubbock. The cost of a taxi from the Lubbock airport to Texas Tech is approximately $25. If you arrive in Lubbock by bus, the taxi charge from the bus station to Texas Tech will be approximately $9. Also, there is limousine service from the airport to Texas Tech which costs $30 per hour. After arriving in Lubbock you must check-in at ISSS in the International Cultural Center (there is a huge steel globe in front of the building) located at 7th Street and Indiana Avenue behind the Museum of Texas Tech and across Indiana Avenue from the University Medical Center hospital. Please refer to the schedule below to determine when you should report to ISSS.

All TTU international students must complete two requirements upon arrival in the United States:

  1. Check in with ISSS in the International Cultural Center; and,
  2. Complete an immigration orientation.
Arrive in the US no later than TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2014
Check in Assigned Time/Date
Family Name (begins with the letter)
Assigned Time/Date

A - M

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
8:30 - 11:30 AM or
1:00 - 4:00 PM

N - Z

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM or
1:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Graduate Student and International Orientation
THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2014 from 7:30AM-3:30PM
Location: Student Union Building

Arrive in the US no later than SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2014

Check in Assigned Time/Date

Monday, August 18, 2014
8:30-11:30 AM or


Red Raider Orientation
Students already in the US attending other institutions are encouraged to go ahead and register for Red Raider Orientation. For those students who cannot enter the US until 30 days before their program begins, late August RRO dates will be available for registration in mid-July.

Location: TTU Student Union

Undergraduate International Student Orientation
THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2014 from 1:00-5:00 PM
Location: International Cultural Center

As Texas Tech does not provide transient housing, you will need to obtain temporary lodging until you are able to arrange permanent quarters. There are several hotels located near campus. Reservations are recommended. The cost of temporary housing for your first nights in Lubbock will be your responsibility and can cost as much as $70.00 to $100.00 per night.

Texas Tech does have on-campus housing available for single students (no married housing). If you have questions or want to discuss TTU residence facilities, please contact the University Student Housing department at

Off-campus housing can be arranged after you arrive. The most recent off-campus housing guide published by the TTU Student Government Association is available at this web page.

If you are transferring to Texas Tech University as an F-1 student from another U.S. institution, please notify your international student advisor or Designated School Official (DSO) at your current school of your intention to transfer to Texas Tech. Your school will then release your SEVIS record to Texas Tech. Transfer procedures are available on the ISSS web page and an Incoming F-1 Transfer Form can be found at this webpage

If you live overseas and have not yet applied for your visa, please submit your acceptance letter, a valid passport, evidence of payment of the SEVIS fee, proof of financial support, and the Texas Tech I-20 form to the nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy to apply for the F-1 student visa. Please check the web page of the U.S. consulate for any special local requirements. Do not attempt to enter the United States any earlier than 30 days before the report date in item 5 of your I-20. If you do, you may be rejected for entry into the U.S. and will have to return to your home country.

All new and transfer students are encouraged to keep up with any new immigration information by going to our website at

The report date in item 5 of your I-20 is a specific date that requires you to enter the United States by that date. If you do not enter the U.S. by the report date on your I-20, you can be denied entry into the U.S. Once you enter the U.S., you must report to the ISSS at Texas Tech University within 15 days of your date of entry, participate in the orientation sessions, and register for classes.

Do not attempt to enter the United States any earlier than 30 days before your report date in item 5 of your Form I-20. If there is a problem with the I-20, please contact the ISSS at as soon as possible and before you depart for the United States. Protect and secure your documents on your person before and during your flight, and after you arrive in the U.S. When you arrive at the U.S. Port of Entry (POE), you must submit the I-20 form and your passport with the valid F-1 visa to the U.S. POE inspection official. You might also be asked for evidence of payment of the SEVIS fee. Your I-20 will be returned to you at the POE. It is imperative that you bring your passport, I-20, and copy of your I-94 (which is now automated and you must retrieve a copy at with you when you come to the ISSS for check-in. Also, if you have attended any other academic institution in the U.S., we should have copies of the I-20s from those institutions.

The university estimates minimum expenses for nine months to be approximately $30,000 (graduate) and $33,000 (undergraduate), but actual expenses vary greatly according to tuition, fees, and number of courses taken by a given student. The university also reserves the right to make changes in tuition and fees at anytime.

Students on F-1 and J-1 visas should have at least $4,000 in their possession upon arrival in Lubbock. We recommend that you bring as much of the amount as you are allowed to transfer. Please plan accordingly. Tuition and fee payments are due before classes begin.

If you plan to bring your spouse and child(ren) with you, add approximately $6,500 for your spouse and $4,600 per child for 12-month living expenses. Students are urged to have adequate financial means for their entire period of study, since there are few financial resources at the University. Note: Please take extra care with any amount of currency that you may have on your person. Be sure to properly secure these items and your immigration documents while you are traveling.


Auto: If you plan to purchase an automobile, your required liability insurance will cost between $800 - $2,500 U.S. per year.

Medical: Emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance is essential in the U.S. due to the high cost of medical care. To assure non-immigrant student compliance with United States financial responsibility requirements, Texas Tech University requires all non-immigrant students enrolled in one or more class hours to purchase the Texas Tech Student Health Insurance. Insurance FAQ. The insurance premium will be charged on your tuition and fee bill. In addition to the required insurance for students, we strongly recommend that all students have health insurance for their dependents in the United States. Medical insurance is particularly important in the U.S. as medical care is not subsidized by the government and is very expensive. Dependent insurance cannot be placed on the student’s tuition and fee bill.

The U.S. Department of State requires that all J-1 Exchange Visitors and their dependents have health, evacuation and repatriation insurance.

Due to an increased incidence of Tuberculosis (TB), international students will be tested for this very communicable disease. If you have had a TB test within the last year bring documentation of the test results.

All students will also be required either to show proof of two (2) immunizations for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), or they will have to be immunized. Immunizations will be offered through Student Health for a fee

Students who have had two MMR immunizations must submit written proof of adequate immunization.

The state of Texas requires all students entering an institution of higher education in Texas as of January 2012 and thereafter to provide documentation that they have had a meningococcal (bacterial meningitis) vaccine. This vaccine must have been administered during the five-year period prior to the first day of classes of the semester they will enter Texas Tech. If you have had a meningococcal vaccine, but it was administered longer ago than described above, you must receive another dose of the vaccine

For more information on vaccination/immunization requirements, check out With all immunization records, or letters from physicians, please provide translated copies (if possible).

The University is located in Lubbock, Texas, a city with a population of more than 225,000. The city is located on the high, flat plains of West Texas, approximately 600 kilometers west of Dallas/Fort Worth, and 600 kilometers east of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is one kilometer above sea level. The South Plains area of West Texas surrounding Lubbock is a short-stem grass region that is primarily used for growing cotton. Oil production is also important in the regional economy. Its climate is excellent, with over 3,550 hours of sunshine every year. Summers are dry and not extremely hot, while winters are dry and moderate. The average annual rainfall is less than 46 centimeters. The average temperature is 16 C. The January average is 4 C, and the August average is about 27 C. Although extended periods of extremely hot or extremely cold temperatures are not common, visitors should be prepared for temperatures as high as 44 C in the summer and as low as -16 C in the winter. The average wind speed is approximately 20 km/h.

If you have additional questions, please contact us. The staff of the ISSS looks forward to meeting you. For more information, see our web site at

International Student and Scholar Advisors
Richard Porter, Director :

Michael J. Murphy
International Student Counselor

Brian Ridge
International Student Counselor

Karin Senft
International Student Counselor

Phillip Gill
International Scholar Counselor

Stephanie Cloninger
Sponsored Student Counselor

Alexa Smith
Sponsored Student Advisor