Why Chattanooga?

Learning English is about more than what happens in the classroom.

It’s about connecting to a new community and making memories that last a lifetime.

The ESL Institute at UTC is located a few blocks away from historic Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Chattanooga combines small-town Southern charm with cosmopolitan character. The Scenic City has long been the focus of international industry, but today it is better known as home to an eclectic mix of tech entrepreneurs, artistic creators, academic scholars and intrepid adventurers.

Embracing values of sustainability, diversity, and inclusivity, Chattanooga possesses natural and cultural beauty that make it one of the South’s best destinations.


What isn’t there to do here? Visit the aquarium, take a ghost tour, go whitewater rafting, explore cave systems or immerse yourself in local history. Here are just a few possibilities:


Whether you want to see a play, attend a concert or visit a one-of-a-kind museum, Chattanooga has it all.


There’s more to Chattanooga eating than fine Southern cooking (though we love our sweet tea and grits). This is an international city with global cuisine. Be sure to savor the many tastes of the Scenic City while you are here.

Even More!

Chattanooga isn’t far from other great destinations, so it's the perfect hub for short vacations or quick weekend getaways.

Be sure to visit cities like AtlantaNashville, and Gatlinburg, which rests on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.