International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is excited to welcome you to the University of Tennessee! The International Student Orientation program is designed specifically for international students to welcome you to the campus and help you successfully transition to life in the US. Here you can find a detailed orientation schedule and will be able register for mandatory check-in. We look forward to meeting you in person!

International Student Orientation Guide

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International Student Check-In Sessions

As part of International Student Orientation, you must attend one of the International Student Check-In sessions. Choose one of the date links below to register.

Spring 2019 Check-In Sessions!

 

Attending and completing an International Student Check-in session is required before you will be able to complete on campus employment authorization procedures, apply for an SSN, Tennessee driver’s license, or complete SEVIS registration/validation. Immigration regulations require that all F-1 or J-1 students must have their SEVIS record registered/validated after arrival at the University of Tennessee. International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) can only complete this process for students who have completed one of the International Student Check-in sessions.

*If you need to reschedule your orientation, please email istudents@utk.edu

F-1/J-1 Graduate Students

Graduate Student Orientation

The University of Tennessee Graduate school offers two campus wide orientations:

New Graduate Student OrientationTo Be Announced

Graduate Teaching Assistant/Associate OrientationTo Be Announced

Please visit the Graduate School Orientation website for more information.

Graduate Department Orientations

Check with your department to find out the schedule for your department’s new student orientation program.

Parking

If you plan on driving to your orientation session, please keep in mind that parking in unauthorized areas could result in a fine or getting towed. Also, you should allow extra time to find a parking space and to walk from your parking space to the International House. Please check UT’s Parking and Transit Services for information (e.g. parking permits, etc.) about parking: http://parking.utk.edu/.

English Course Placement

Graduate students may be required to take English 122, or may be exempt from English courses. Please visit the English Department’s website for more information. In addition, graduate students with Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) must participate in the ITA Testing Program. This will be administered through the Graduate School and you can find more information about the test on their website: http://gradschool.utk.edu/graduate-student-life/ita-testing-program/

F-1 Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students, both First-Year and Transfer, must also attend the university’s academic orientation, called the New Vols Experience.

First Year Students Spring EntryTo Be Announced

Transfer Students Spring EntryTo Be Announced

For more information about the New Vols Experience, please email newvols@utk.edu or visit http://newvols.utk.edu/orientation/

International Student Orientation offers a series of programs designed to help new international students settle into their new home in Knoxville, TN. Students are encouraged to participate in these educational and cultural programs that take place over a period of days, prior to the beginning of classes. Events include tours of the campus and library, shopping/grocery trips, and information sessions about driver’s license and such.

Housing

During International Student Orientation and before classes begin, students may also choose to stay in a hotel or in off-campus housing. In the Fall semester, temporary housing may be available in the UT Knoxville residence halls. This is subject to availability on a first-come, first-serve basis. The CIE does not arrange housing for individual students. Visit housing’s website for more information.

Parking

If you plan on driving to your orientation session, please keep in mind that parking in unauthorized areas could result in a fine or getting towed. Also, you should allow extra time to find a parking space and to walk from your parking space to the International House. Please check UT’s Parking and Transit Services for information (e.g. parking permits, etc.) about parking: http://parking.utk.edu/.

English Course Placement

All undergraduate students must eventually complete both English 131 and 132; some undergraduate students may also be required to first take English 110 or English 121. Students admitted to UT are placed in these classes based on TOEFL (or equivalent) scores used for admission. The English Department will send information regarding individual placement to incoming international students.

J-1 Undergraduate Exchange Students

Housing

If you are a J-1 Exchange student, housing is arranged for you in Clement Hall. There is nothing more that you need to do to reserve your accommodation. The address for Clement Hall is:

Clement Hall

1629 West Cumberland Avenue

Knoxville, TN

37916

Students are notified of room assignments and other information regarding accommodations through their My UT Housing account around June. Please note that linens and pillows are not provided for you in the residence halls.

The earliest you can arrive on campus and move into your permanent accommodation for Fall 2018 is August 12. Please arrange to arrive no later than Wednesday, August 15. Mandatory activities will begin August 16.

Airport Pickup

Students receive an email with instructions on how to sign up for airport pickups after registering for the International Student Orientation. To use the shuttle, you MUST sign-up in advance. If your flight arrives on a different day or at another time, we suggest that you take a taxi from the airport to campus. Students can move into on-campus accommodations immediately upon arrival as the check-in desk is open 24 hours a day provided that you have completed the necessary immunizations (see below).

Immunizations

Immunizations are a state mandated part of enrollment at UT. Please visit the Student Health Center website to see the list of required immunizations and follow the instructions for submission of immunization records. It is very important that you provide all documentation necessary. Having immunizations completed in the US will be quite costly and your insurance will likely not cover these costs.

It is very important to complete this process before arriving on campus. If you do not, you will not be allowed to move into your campus accommodations. If you have questions about these forms, please contact the Student Health Center at +1-865-974-3135, or e-mail immunizations@utk.edu.

Orientation

International Student Orientation offers a series of programs designed to help new international students settle into their new home in Knoxville, TN. Students are encouraged to participate in these educational and cultural programs that take place over a period of days, prior to the beginning of classes. Events include tours of the campus and library, shopping/grocery trips, and information sessions about driver’s license and such.

Courses

We are working with colleges and academic departments to enroll you in the courses that you requested on your application. However, schedules are finalized upon arrival. Students must register each semester for a minimum of 12 hours (usually 4 classes total). Once you arrive at UT, you will meet with an academic advisor in your major who will help you register for the classes you are eligible to take and finalize your schedule. If you have any further questions, please contact Brittany Coats at bcoats2@utk.edu.

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