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!

Click to view the International Student Orientation Guide!

 

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.

Summer 2018 Check-In Session!
Tuesday, May 29

Fall 2018 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 Orientation – Tuesday, August 14

Graduate Teaching Assistant/Associate Orientation – Thursday, August 18

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 and Transfer Students Summer Entry – Wednesday, May 30

First Year Students Fall Entry – Thursday, August 16

Transfer Students Fall Entry – Wednesday, August 15

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

Information coming soon!