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East Tennessee State University

International Student Pre-Arrival Guide
Hello, and welcome to the ETSU International Student Pre-Arrival Guide!

Please progress through all the 8 sections of this guide. The information presented here will assist you in making a successful transition to a new country, culture and school. Your close attention to the information is crucial to that 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 United States government regulations do not allow international students with an Initial I-20 or DS 2019 to enter the country 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 your travel  accordingly.



Regular office hours:  Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Call  423 439 7737    Office of International Programs and Services

Non-office hours (after 4:30 p.m. or during weekends and holidays

Call  423 439 4480     Office of Public Safety

Give the Dispatcher your name, a general explanation of your problem, your phone number and tell him/her that you need to contact the International Programs and Services Director. The International Programs and Services Director or a designee will contact you as soon as possible.

Table of Contents

  1. Requesting I-20 or DS-2019
  2. Immigration
  3. Travel Arrangements
  4. Immunization and Health Insurance
  5. Academics
  6. International Friendship Program
  7. Housing and Meal Plans
  8. New Students' Check-in and Arrival Briefing
  9. Financial Matters
  10. Other Important Information



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