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.

Table of Contents

  1. Immigration
  2. Travel Arrangements
  3. Immunization and Health Insurance
  4. Academics
  5. Housing and Meal Plans
  6. New Students' Check-in and Arrival Briefing
  7. Financial Matters
  8. Other Important Information