Prospective Students

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Interested in UTC? Here's how to apply.

UTC is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, an excellent place to pursue your undergraduate or graduate studies in the U.S.

Your time at UTC is about much more than just getting a degree. Our students graduate with substantive hands-on experience outside of the classroom, so they're better-prepared for tomorrow—wherever it happens.

Learn more about Academics →

College doesn't just happen in the classroom. UTC boasts 100+ student organizations and housing amenities are hard to come by anywhere in the U.S. Each month is full of athletics, arts and entertainment events.

Learn more about Campus Life →


Information for ESL students →


International Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate majors and minors offered at UTC → 

  1. Visit utc.edu/apply.
  2. Choose "International."
  3. Choose "International Undergraduate."
  4. Choose the student type that represents you (International First Time Freshman, International Transfer, International Readmit or International Transient).
  5. Choose the appropriate semester.
  6. Complete the online application.

You will be asked to create an account to apply.

You must also pay a nonrefundable fee of $30.

Detailed Instructions → 

New International Students

  • Language Proficiency: TOEFL 61/IELTS 5.5

    Scores must be no more than two years old. Applicants who have received a degree from a U.S. institution within the past two years are exempt from the language proficiency requirement.

  • Financial DocumentsDocumentation of financial resources sufficient for nine months of study must be received prior to issuance of an I-20. More information about the cost of attendance and proof of funding may be found here
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Academic Credentials  
  1. Original or attested copy of high school diploma
  2. Complete and official transcript (statement of marks) for each high school and/or college attended

IMPORTANT:

  1. Documents must be attested and sealed by the proper official within the issuing institution. UTC will not accept documents attested by instructors or external notary publics. 
  2. Documents should be submitted directly by the issuing institution.
  3. All documents become the property of the University. We cannot return or forward documents.
  4. Documents should be mailed to: 
Credential Evaluation Services
International Undergraduate Admissions, Center for Global Education
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Dept. 4755
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA 37403-2504
  • ACT or SAT: All international undergraduate applicants are strongly encouraged to submit SAT scores. Students who do not submit test scores with the application will be required to take the on-campus ACT Residual exam before or during the first semester of attendance. 

Transfer Students

(students currently studying in the U.S.)

  • Copy of current I-20
  • Copy of current I-94
  • SEVIS I-20 transfer form
  • Language Proficiency: TOEFL 61/IELTS 5.5

  • Financial Documents: Documentation of financial resources sufficient for nine months of study must be received prior to issuance of an I-20. More information about the cost of attendance and proof of funding may be found here
  •  Copy of valid passport
  • Transcripts: If you have attended a U.S. high school and/or college, transcripts should be submitted directly by the institution. Transcripts may be submitted in one of three ways:
    • Electronically through an electronic transcript delivery service
    • By email to international undergraduate student advisor Eunice Davis
    • By mail in a sealed envelope to:
International Undergraduate Admissions, Center for Global Education
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Dept. 4755
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA 37403-2504

UTC uses an express mail service which may allow you to receive your acceptance packet and I-20 through DHL or FedEx within three to five days. 

Requesting immigration documents through express mail is at the STUDENT'S expense. Students may pay with a Visa, Mastercard or Discover credit card. To request express mailing of your documents, visit this website (works best with an Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browser).  

Use the website provided above — do not log in through the DHL or FedEx websites. If you choose the express mail option, you will communicate directly with the eShipGlobal service, which will notify UTC of your request.

You will need to create a username and password to use the account. To request shipment, you will need your mailing address, email address, phone number and credit card information.

If you experience any difficulty in registering and processing the shipment, see the site's FAQ page for step-by-step instructions. If you have additional questions about how to use this service, please email studentsupport@eshipglobal.com.

How do I apply to be an international student at UTC?

Refer to the "How to Apply" section above, or click here.

Is there an application fee?

Yes. You will be charged $30.

How can I pay my application fee?

Payment should be made in U.S. dollars by major credit card, cashier’s check, money order or personal check. If payment is made by personal check, the check must be drawn on U.S. currency.

How much does it cost to come to UTC?

Cost of attendance information →

How long will it take to receive my I-20?

After all of your materials are submitted and in order, we ask that you allow 48 business hours for our staff to process the documentation.

Mailing can take up to five days. The student is responsible for express mail shipping (see the "Express Mail" section above for more details).

The international undergraduate student advisor is Eunice Davis


International Graduate Students

Graduate programs offered at UTC →

  1. Visit utc.edu/apply.
  2. Choose "International."
  3. Choose "International Graduate."
  4. Choose "International Graduate Student."
  5. Choose the appropriate semester.
  6. Complete the online application.

You will be asked to create an account to apply.

You will also have to pay a nonrefundable fee of $40.

Detailed instructions →

New International Students

  • Language Proficiency: TOEFL 79/IELTS 6.0
    The scores must be no more than two years old. Applicants who have received a degree from a U.S. institution in the past two years are exempt from the language proficiency requirement.
  • Financial Documents: Documentation of financial resources sufficient for nine months of study must be received prior to issuance of an I-20. More information about the cost of attendance and proof of funding may be found here
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Academic Credentials: UTC requires submission of all transcripts and degree certificates earned outside of the U.S. See detailed requirements here.  

Transfer Students

(students currently studying in the U.S.)

  • Copy of current I-20
  • Copy of current I-94
  • SEVIS I-20 transfer form
  • Language Proficiency: TOEFL 79/IELTS 6.0

  • Financial Documents: Documentation of financial resources sufficient for nine months of study must be received prior to issuance of an I-20. More information about the cost of attendance and proof of funding may be found here
  • Copy of passport
  • Transcripts: If you have attended a U.S. high school and/or college, transcripts should be submitted directly by the institution. Transcripts may be submitted in three ways:
    • Electronically through an electronic transcript delivery service
    • By email to international graduate student advisor Lora Cook
    • By mail in a sealed envelope to:

International Undergraduate Admissions, Center for Global Education
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Dept. 4755
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA 37403-2504

UTC uses an express mail service which may allow you to receive your acceptance packet and I-20 through DHL or FedEx in three to five days. 

Requesting immigration documents through express mail is at the STUDENT'S expense. Students may pay with a Visa, Mastercard, or Discover credit card. To request express mailing of your documents, visit this website (works best with an Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browser).    

Use the website provided above—do not log in through the DHL or FedEx websites. If you choose the express mail option, you will communicate directly with the eShipGlobal service, which will notify UTC of your request.

You will need to create a username and password to use the account. To request shipment, you will need your mailing address, email address, phone number, and credit card information.

If you experience any difficulty in registering and processing the shipment, please see the site's FAQ page for step-by-step instructions. If you have additional questions about how to use this service, email studentsupport@eshipglobal.com.

How do I apply to be an international student at UTC?

Refer to the "How to Apply" section above, or click here.

Is there an application fee?

Yes. You will be charged $40.

How can I pay my application fee?

Payment should be made in U.S. dollars by major credit card, cashier’s check, money order or personal check. If payment is made by personal check, the check must be drawn on U.S. currency.

How much does it cost to come to UTC?

Cost of Attendance Information →

How long will it take to receive my I-20?

After all of your materials are submitted and in order, we ask that you allow 48 business hours for our staff to process the documentation.

Please note that mailing can take up to five days. The student is responsible for express mail shipping (see the "Express Mail" section above for more details).

The international graduate student advisor is Lora Cook.

All materials received by the university become property of the university and cannot be returned or forwarded to a third party.


Once you receive your I-20, refer to the New Students page for information on what to do next.

New Students →