New Students

I've been accepted. Now what?

Congratulations on being accepted to UTC. Now that you have received your I-20, please make sure to complete all of the following before the New International Student Orientation.

After you receive your I-20, you will need to apply for a visa. Visa application procedures vary somewhat among embassies and consulates. The U.S. Visas website will help you through the process of obtaining the visa to come to the United States. Once you are on that webpage, select the appropriate visa type (e.g. F, J, etc.), then read and follow the instructions.

New international students are subject to the SEVIS I-901 fee. Once you receive your I-20, please visit the SEVIS I-901 fee payment website to make this payment.

If you have any questions, please visit this website.

All international students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga must obtain health insurance to be protected against any potential health care costs while studying at UTC.

  • All international students are automatically enrolled in the UTC Student Health Insurance program.
  • Insurance program enrollment occurs on a per semester basis.
  • Complete information about UTC Student Health Insurance is available here
  • Health insurance cards can be printed here. (Click "Create Account" and register with your first name, last name, date of birth, and UTC email.)
  • The health insurance fee is subject to change at the beginning of each academic year.
  • The health insurance fee is lower in summer than in fall and spring, as the summer semester is slightly shorter.
  • Students may request a refund if they must leave the country early.

Students may request to waive the cost of UTC student health insurance if they have obtained other insurance coverage before the waiver request deadline. The purchased insurance must meet the university-mandated health coverage criteria:

  • The plan must include unlimited (preventative AND emergency) medical coverage.
  • Pregnancy coverage may not be excluded.
  • The insurance deductible must not exceed $500 per accident/illness.
  • The plan must include repatriation coverage of at least $20,000 and medical evacuation coverage of at least $50,000.
  • The plan must require a waiting period for pre-existing conditions of less than 13 months.
  • The plan must require the student to pay less than 25% per accident/illness.
  • The plan must have an M. Best rating of “A-" or better or a Standard & Poor's rating of “A+” or better.
  • All information must be provided in English. Monetary amounts must be listed in U.S. dollars.
  • The coverage period must be dated as required.

If you elect to purchase alternative health insurance, you must submit a completed online waiver request form, proof of insurance (e.g. a copy of your insurance card), and a copy of your insurance policy or brochure.

Please click below to fill out the online waiver request form.

International Student Insurance Waiver Form

Fall 2018
Coverage: August 9, 2018 to December 31, 2018
Waiver Due Date: August 20th, 2018 at 8 a.m. EST
Spring 2019
Coverage: January 1, 2019 to May 14, 2019
Waiver Due Date: January 7, 2019 at 8 a.m. EST
Summer 2019
Coverage: May 15, 2019 to August 10, 2019
Waiver Due Date: May 15, 2019 at 8 a.m. EST

The state of Tennessee requires that all students enrolling full-time in public universities provide proof that they have received:

  • Two (2) doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination
  • Two (2) doses of the Varicella (aka chicken pox) vaccination OR proof of history with the Varicella illness
  • Meningococcal vaccination within the last five years — REQUIRED to live on campus
  • 3 (Three) doses of the Hepatitis B vaccination*
  • Tetanus vaccination within the last 10 years*

You must fill out the immunizations form in English and submit it through the Student Health Services Patient Portal or by email to immunizations@utc.edu

*If you are missing the Hepatitis B or Tetanus vaccination, please sign the waiver on page 2 of the immunizations form.

For more information about immunization requirements, please see the UTC Student Health Services website.

Go to utc.edu/pw to set up your password.

Apply for housing here.

We highly recommend that international students apply for the Go Global Themed Living Community in Stophel Apartments.

Students who decide to live on campus must pay a $25 housing application fee and a $400 pre-payment fee.

Please click here for instructions on how to apply for student housing.

You will automatically be enrolled in a meal plan when you apply for housing. There are many meal plans to choose from, so make sure to look at your options here

For more information about UTC dining facilities, click here.

Make sure to fill out the pre-arrival form and airport pick-up form before your arrival.

Please fill out this form so we may assign you a buddy. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2018.

The New International Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming international students. 

Spring 2019 dates:

Thursday, January 3- Friday, January 4

Make sure to pay off the charges in your university student account (for tuition, housing, meal plan, etc.) before the payment deadline.

You may pay online, in person, or via Flywire.

To learn more, please visit the Bursar's Office website.


Planning your trip to the U.S.

Important things to consider when booking your travel:

  • The nearest airport to Chattanooga is the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA).
  • The earliest you can move into your dorm without extra charges will be January 2, 2019.
  • If you arrive before January 2, 2019, you will need to pay to stay at a hotel and travel to UTC on your own.
  • Make sure to arrive no later than Tuesday, January 2, 2019.
  • The mandatory orientation starts on Wednesday, January 3, 2019.

How to get from the airport to UTC

1. Sign up for airport pick-up here. (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)***

OR

2. Take ground transportation from the airport. For more information, click here.

 

***Airport pick-up is only available to students who arrive at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) on Tuesday, January 2, 2019.  

Students who live off-campus and sign up for airport pick-up will be dropped off at UTC. These students must find their own transportation to their off-campus housing.

The deadline to sign up for airport pick-up is December 15, 2018.

 

For a list of nearby hotels and attractions, please visit the Chattanooga Fun website.