Incoming Scholars & Exchange Students

Why UTC?  

  • Named a U.S. News and World Report Best Value—one of only three public universities in the South. UTC also ranked in the Top Tier of Regional Master’s Universities in the South.
  • "One of America's Best Mid-Sized Cities" - The Washington Post
  • Named a 2013 College of Distinction for student engagement, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes.
  • Voted Best College or University in the Chattanooga Times Free Press 2012 Best of the Best poll.
  • Named 'Best Town Ever' by readers of Outside Magazine.
  • "One of the Six Cities Worldwide that Work at Creating Great Urban Experiences." - U.S. New and World Report

Why Chattanooga?

Chattanooga offers a feeling of small-town Southern charm with a modern appeal. Your experience is about more than just learning English; it is also about the experiences you can have outside of the classroom. The University and the ESL Institute are located only a few blocks from the urban area of Chattanooga, a city that is both highly industrial and rich in natural beauty with attractions that possess historical significance.


What isn't there to do here? Visit the aquarium, take a ghost tour, go river rafting, or visit one of the many historical attractions. Here are just a few possibilities for you to explore! 


Whether you want to go to see a play, enjoy a concert, or visit an amazing museum, it's all here.


Not only can you experience fine southern cooking here, but Chattanooga is a small yet international city with a wide variety of ethnic stores and restaurants and fresh foods.

Chattanooga Dining dining

Chattanooga Market

Local Flavor http://growchattanooga. org/foodguide

What makes coming to UTC and Chattanooga a great idea?

FOOD: Moon Pies; Little Debbies; Double Cola; Coca Cola --Chattanooga bottled the first coke and is the home of the famous Little Debbie food cakes.
ENVIRONMENT/OUTDOORS:  More than 300 kinds of trees and 900 varieties of wildflowers—more than anywhere except central China-- The Tennessee River Gorge--the Grand Canyon of Tennessee.
HISTORY: The start of the Cherokee Nation’s Trail of Tears and the numerous Civil War battlefields and monuments, including the Chickamauga Battlefield—the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War  
FUN:  a hand-built carrousel in Coolidge Park; The Incline, the steepest passenger railway in the world; and you can’t forget Rock City and Ruby Falls.
EDUCATION:  UTC has strong programs in Business, Engineering, and Fine Arts. 

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International Scholars

Office of International Student & Scholar Services is the J-1 visa-issuing office for any international visiting scholar, intern, or student who wishes to come to UTC for university-sponsored academic activity. For details on this process, please contact the Executive Director, Mr. Takeo Suzuki.