International Student Pre-Arrival Guide

Hello! Welcome to the ETSU International Student Pre-Arrival Guide.

Please take special care to read all of the information provided in each section of this guide. This information is very important and necessary. You can access each of the six sections below in the Table of Contents. Read and complete the instructions in each section.

We make every effort to assist in the transition of studying in the United States as comfortable and smooth as possible. However, paying careful attention to the details we provide you in this guide is crucial in your success.

If at any point you have questions about this information, please e-mail the Office of International Programs & Services (IPS) at  or call 001-423-439-7737.

Please note that the United States government regulations state that any incoming student or exchange visitor (or dependents) MAY NOT enter the United States more than 30 days in advance of the program start date noted on the I-20 or DS 2019. Please take this into consideration and plan accordingly.

Table of Contents

  1. Immigration
  2. Immunizations and Health Insurance
  3. Housing and Meal Plans
  4. Academics
  5. Travel to the U.S.
  6. Employment Information
  7. Student Organizations
  8. Miscellaneous