NOTE: In additions to these requirements, international students must meet
the ETSU School of Graduate Studies general admission requirements and the individual
program requirements for their desired program of study.
International students must meet the same requirements for admission to the graduate
program that apply to citizens of the United States. An international student must
have an equivalent four-year bachelor’s degree with at least a “B” average on undergraduate
coursework on various grading scales, this would indicate:
Other grading systems will be evaluated upon receipt of transcripts. Please note that the ETSU School of Graduate Studies provides this general GPA converter as a free service to convert country-specific grades to a 4.0 scale. Applicants whose transcripts come from a country with multiple grading systems may wish to pursue a more specific GPA converter (such as offered by WES).
An international student may apply for admission any semester. International student application
materials should be received by: April 29 - fall semester; September 30 - spring
semester; February 1 - summer session. The School of Graduate Studies must be notified
of any change in the entering date after admission has been granted. Individual programs
may have early admission deadlines and additional requirements. For this information,students
should contact the departments whose program they wish to enter.
The following items must be received before admission will be considered:
Admission must be granted, and financial documentation and degree confirmation must
be received prior to issuance of an I-20 or DS-2019 form needed to obtain a visa. The
university will not enroll any student who has not been approved initially or for
transfer by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)to attend East Tennessee
State University. International students accepted for graduate study at ETSU will
receive a letter of acceptance from the university. This letter and the SEVIS I-20
form furnished by the university must be presented to the consular officer of the
United States to whom the applicant applies for a student visa. ETSU will not accept
visas issued for admission to other colleges or universities. International students
admitted to graduate study are encouraged to arrive on campus two weeks prior to
the beginning of classes and should contact the Office of International Programs
as soon as they arrive.It is the responsibility of a nonimmigrant applicant to comply
with current INS regulations in regard to collegiate enrollment. New INS regulations
may prohibit the enrollment of an individual in B-1 or B-2 status.The Office of
International Programs administers the university’s foreign student (F status) and
visitor exchange (J status) programs. Other nonimmigrant applicants may consult
with this office.
In all cases the final decision to admit or reject an applicant rests with the university
through the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.