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East Tennessee State University

International Student Pre-Arrival Guide

Welcome to the Office of International Programs and Services!  

This section provides information to new students. There are 10 sections to this guide:

  • Requesting an I-20 or DS-2019
  • Visa and SEVIS fee Information
  • Travel Arrangements
  • Immunizations and Health Insurance
  • Academics
  • International Friendship Program
  • Housing and Meal Plans
  • Check-In and Orientation times 
  • Financial Information
  • Other Important Information

Please read through all 10 sections of this guide. Your close attention to this provided information will assist in your success and transition to a new country, culture, and school. Click the links below to progress through each section.

In addition, an online meeting to discuss and ask questions about pre-arrival, arriving, and more will take place with the International Student Advisors at various times. To attend this meeting you must use the link sent to your ETSU email at a later date. However, the next meeting date and times are located on the right of this screen. 

If 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  Office of International Programs and Services: 001-423-439-7737

Non-office hours: (after 4:30 p.m. or during weekends and holidays)
Call  Office of Public Safety: 001-423-439-4480

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



Important Dates and Events

New Student Pre-Arrival Meeting: 

Starts at 8:30 am       (New York Time)

May 17 

May 24

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