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International Student Orientation 

Graduate Orientation: August 12, 2017
Undergraduate Orientation: August 16, 2017
(Fall 2017 Admitted Students Only)
Course Registration deadline: August 18, 2017
All new international students are required to attend orientation.   Register for Orientation >>

The Fall 2017 session is just around the corner and we are looking forward to your arrival on campus.
The following information will assist you in preparation for your arrival, the registration process and your transition into Nashville.

UNDERGRADUATE students will need to arrive in Nashville no later than August 13, 2017.

GRADUATE students will need to arrive in Nashville no later than August 9, 2017.


Airport Arrival & Temporary Housing

If you need transportation from the airport, we have partnered with Nations of Nashville to provide shuttle service. They can also provide assistance with temporary housing and resources for locating permanent housing.  If you would like to utilize their services you can register with them at:

 If you are planning to stay on campus and have not completed a housing application with Residence Life, please let me know immediately by replying to this email.


Orientation, Advisement, and Registration

International student orientation will be held on August 12 at 8:30 am for Graduate Students and on August 16 at 8:30 am for Undergraduate Students. Advisement and Course registration will take place on the Orientation day.

International Student Orientation is MANDATORY for ALL incoming international students!  



If you are an undergraduate student and you are required to take the COMPASS test 
you need to register online for the test using the following link:

 Your admission letter will state if you are required to take the COMPASS test.  Graduate students do not take the COMPASS test. If you are required to take the COMPASS test, you will not be allowed to register until you have completed the test.


First Friends Program

 We began a new partnership program this year to assist incoming students with their transition into the Southeast United States, Nashville and Tennessee State University.  The First Friends Program allows incoming students to choose up to three partners. The Regional Peer is a current student from your region of the world.  The academic peer is a student from your academic department.  The Community Partner is someone from the Nashville area but is not a host family.  If you are interested in this program, please complete the application using the following link:

 We look forward to having you at Tennessee State University and want to make your transition as easy as possible.  If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

Study Abroad Program

As we now live in a global society, intercultural experiences have become a vital part of the student’s professional and personal development. These experiences will increase their global awareness, simulate scholarly inquiry and make them more competitive in today’s global marketplace. Below are the actions for students to begin their 2014 study abroad experience:

Step 1 :

Select the Country, Program, and Course for a study abroad experience.   Click on these links: ,, and View Countries, Programs, and Course offerings provided by The Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) and other programs.

Step 2:

Complete and submit an application for the program selected in Step 1.

Step 3:

Complete and submit an application for a Study Abroad Grant. This grant could provide up to 50% of the program cost. 

Need more Information? Contact Mark Brinkley-Director International Education, , 615-963-7660, in Crouch Hall-Room 106.