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Your Travel to the U.S.

Visa regulations state that you cannot enter the United States earlier than 30 days prior to the program start date listed on your I-20 form. Additional details are found at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE) site.

Before you leave your country, be sure you have:

  • Your passport and I-20
  • Your F-1 student visa
  • Housing arrangements finalized
  • Immunization records
  • Confirmed travel arrangements

Hand carry all of your important documents - including your passport, I-20, visa, financial resources, contact information for the ESL Institute at APSU and, if applicable, for your U.S. sponsor or guardian. There are further recommendations at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website.


  • International students must provide proof of health insurance (translated into English) or purchase it through the University at the time of registration.
  • More information is found at the "Health & Insurance" page of this website.

Contact the ESL Institute

  • Contact the ESL Institute as soon as you arrive; you must have an appointment to register. Call (931) 221-6270 or (931) 221-7175. If you arrive at our office without an appointment we may be busy with other students and unable to assist you until later.

Important Campus Telephone Numbers and Links

ESL Institute(931)
Center for Extended & Distance Education(931)
University Police, 24-hour dispatch(931)
Health Services(931)
Office of International Education(931)
International Student Organization

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