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All About APSU, Clarksville and more!

Welcome to APSU

Austin Peay State University is located in Clarksville, Tennessee, the state's fifth largest and youngest city. The school is named after former Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, a Clarksville native. APSU is a four-year public, master's level university offering over 57 majors and 91 different concentrations.

Learn more about APSU.

The ESL Institute is a division of the Center for Extended and Distance Education which reports to the University Provost and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs. The Center offers the greater Clarksville community a wide range of educational opportunities.

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ESL Institute Staff

The ESL Institute offices and classrooms are located in the McReynolds building on the Austin Peay State University campus.

Do you still have questions?

The ESL Institute at Austin Peay offers a Student Handbook with a variety of information that will be useful to you as you begin your studies with us. We strongly encourage all students and their Clarksville sponsor or family to become familiar with the information provided in the Student Handbook. Please contact us at the ESL Institute if you need further information - we are here to help you.

Do you need a Social Security number?

Many business and landlords ask for a social security card because they typically check an individual's credit history. However, as an international student new to the U.S., you do not have a credit history. They might tell you that a social security number is required, but although it is the most common form of identification in the U.S., it is not the only form legally acceptable.

As an international student you may need some form of identification, so view more details about social security numbers. This printable brochure will also provide contact information for the local Clarksville area social security office.

Do you need a Tennessee driver's license?

If applying for a driver's license, you do not need a social security number. You DO need your passport and I-20, and you must be prepared to wait in long lines at the driver's license office (it is not uncommon to wait one or two hours). You will need to take both a written and a driving test and pay a fee for the license.

You may need to view Information about obtaining a driver's license.

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