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F-1 Visa International Students

This information is for those applying for an F-1 student visa for study in the U.S.
All other visa types, permanent residents or citizens will find application information at the General Program Admission page.
If you have questions, see our Which ESL program is best for me? page.

Application Requirements

Submit your application documents to the ESL Institute as early as possible. No later than 60 days prior to the start of a semester please (contact the ESL office if requesting an exception).

APSU must receive the following items in order to issue your I-20 document.
Please use this printable checklist.

  • Completed application - online application form
  • US$240 advanced tuition/fees payment (can be paid online using credit card--contact ESL Institute for direct link.) *
  • Copy of passport information page with photograph
  • Financial sufficiency form
  • Bank statement or letter to match Financial sufficiency form
  • High school and/or college transcript.

The following items are required by registration and will be accepted with the application if available. Note: TB test must not be dated more than 30 days before the first day of classes.

  • Proof of two MMR immunizations, proof of two varicella (chickenpox) immunizations, a negative TB test, health insurance and a signed health history form . Details are available on the Health & Insurance page of this website.

* Fees are subject to change. See refund policy.


Submit all of the same application and items listed above, plus: 

  • Transcript from current school or language program
  • Copy of current I-20 or DS-2019 form
  • Copy of current I-94 form
  • Copy of U.S. visa page

Application and items should be sent no later than 60 days prior to the start of a semester (preferred), but transfers generally do not take as long to process. Please contact the ESL office with questions.

After you have been accepted and have received your acceptance letter, submit the completed Transfer Verification Form.

Submit all application documents to:

For courier services (such as DHL or FedEx), please use the
following physical street address:

Austin Peay State University
ESL Institute
681 Summer St.
Clarksville, TN 37040

Austin Peay State University
ESL Institute
Box 4678
Clarksville, TN 37044
Scanned copies of application items may also be sent by email or fax (931-221-7748).
Please ensure all items are complete; missing documents may delay processing of your application and issuing of I-20 form.


I-20 Certificate and Visa

  • An I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Visa) will be issued to international students who have been accepted by the ESL Institute. It is the responsibility of the student to use the I-20 form to apply for the F-1 student visa from the nearest U.S. Embassy. Further details can be found at the ICE website.
  • The costs to express mail acceptance packet (including I-20 forms) are not covered by the ESL Institute. A fee of $65* is charged at registration to cover those costs. If the actual charges for a particular student is found to be higher than $65, the student will be expected to pay the additional cost. (* Fees are subject to change.)
  • You will be required to sign an F-1 visa regulation compliance document when you arrive and register for class - preview it here.
  • Visa regulations state that you cannot enter the United States earlier than 30 days before the program start date listed on your I-20 form. Additional details are found at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) site.

You have your I-20...what's next? 

Tuition and Fees

Required and optional fees are detailed here.

Health Insurance 

  • All international non-immigrant students are required to have medical/hospitalization insurance prior to completing registration.
  • Students must show proof of vaccination or immunity for MMR, varicella (chicken pox), meningitis and tuberculosis.
  • Students may purchase coverage through the University or show proof at registration of adequate coverage from another provider.
  • This is an important requirement - click here for further details.

Campus Housing and Meals

  • Limited housing in campus residence halls is available for full-time ESL students
  • All housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis so apply early - BEFORE you arrive on campus
  • Meal plan options are also available for purchase. 
  • Contact the ESL Institute at (931) 221-6270 for more details about applying for campus housing or purchasing a meal plan.

Travel to the U.S.

Learn more about preparing for your departure and arrival in the United States.

About Clarksville

Learn more about APSU and Clarksville, Tennessee

Driver's Licenses, Banking, Etc.

Tips for international students with F-1 visas regarding obtaining a driver's license, bank account or social security number.


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