Pre-Arrival Information

As a new international student, there are a few items you will want to make sure you complete or start prior to your arrival in the United States. We have compiled a checklist of these items below with additional information. 

If you have any questions or need assistance with any of the below items, please contact the International Programs Office.

  • 1. Setup TechExpress & Campus Email

    TechExpress is a powerful resource you'll use often! You'll find all your most-used Tennessee Tech resources, including your Tech email, WiFi password, T-Number (ID Number), University news and events, the campus directory, and so much more. TechExpress also automatically logs you into all campus websites. You won't need to remember multiple usernames and passwords for different sites; as long as you're logged into TechExpress, you're good to go!

    Setup your TechExpress account.

    Access and check your student email account.

    • Once your TechExpress account is setup, you will be able to access your Tennessee Tech student email account via the email QuickLink.
    • Make sure to start checking your campus email regularly!
    • If you need additional assistance, contact the IT Help Desk at (931) 372-3975 or
  • 2. Immigration Documentation

    Because you are an international student, there is certain documentation that is needed in order for you to enroll at Tennessee Tech:

    • Passport
    • F-1 or J-1 Visa
    • Form DS-2019

    Scan and email copies of your Passport, Visa, and DS-2019 to Andrew Bleignier, ( Assistant Director for International Programs.

  • 3. Housing

    Living On Campus

    International students are not required to live on campus. However, living on campus does provide the convenience of being in close proximity to classes and campus resources, and there are a variety of living options: on-campus residence halls (both new and traditional style) and on-campus apartments.

    For more information and on-campus living options, visit the Residential Life Housing Options website. In order to live on campus, students must complete the Housing Application.

    Living Off Campus

    For off-campus housing students can search for an apartment on Apartment Rental Guide.

  • 4. Meal Plans

    Meal Plan selection is available in your Eagle Online account via TechExpress!

    If you are living on campus, you will be required to select one of the "Unlimited Plans."

    If you will be living off campus, a meal plan is not required; however, if you choose to have one, you can select any plan that best meets your needs.

    To learn more or purchase a meal plan, use the gold buttons below.

    Meal Plan Options & Information

    Purchase a Meal Plan

  • 5. Money Transfer

    If you intend on sending money to Tennessee Tech through wire transfer you must send it at least 2 weeks before you arrive due to processing time. The following information must be used in order to send it properly:

    Wire Transfer

    1. Wire ABA - 062005690
    2. Cookeville Routing - 064000017
    3. Tennessee Tech Account - 192389929
    4. SWIFT Code - UPNBUS44
    5. Regions Bank
      150 4th Ave N
      Nashville, TN 37219
    6. Bank contact - Katherine Murrie

    We also take Master Card, Visa, and Discover Credit Cards

  • 6. Arrange Airport Pickups

    Will you need to be picked up at the Nashville International Airport (BNA) upon your arrival in the United States?

    • Please contact the Upper Cumberland Shuttle Service,  which is an independently owned business, based in Cookeville.
    • For more information regarding rate quote, availability, or any additional information please fill out the contact us form, email or text us at 931-447-8277. For the fastest response, please include the pickup/destination address, date, time, # of passengers, and payment method.
    • After picking up luggage on Baggage claim level proceed to the baggage claim area information desk to check in with staff to let them know you have arrived.
    • If for any reason you should miss one of your flights or your flight is delayed for any reason you may reach UCSS at 931-447-8277 .

      You must confirm with Residential Life (the housing office) when you can move into the dorms. If you arrive outside their working hours, you will need to pay for and stay in a hotel until they open.
    • Check connection times. If you have to change planes, make sure you will have plenty of time to get from one terminal or gate to the next. If you change flights within the U.S., you will have to claim your luggage, go through immigration, and recheck your luggage. Allow for extra time for this; running with luggage through a crowded airport is hard.

      If your flight is cancelled or delayed, you will need to contact the shuttle company to schedule a change. email or text us at 931-447-8277. 
    • website: 

    Please make the payment to your driver and tip is customary in the USA. 

    As the Shuttle service is owned by a contracted vendor, Tennessee Tech cannot be held liable if they miss the pickup.

  • 7. Complete Pre-Arrival Orientation

    To familiarize yourself with campus, as well as the state of Tennessee and local Cookeville area, complete the Pre-Arrival International Orientation. To complete the orientation:

    • Visit
    • Login with your Tennessee Tech username (ex. AWEagle42) and password. Please note that this is the same password you use to log into your TechExpress account.
    • Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the orientation. It takes most students around 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete.

    If you have need assistance logging in, please contact the IT HelpDesk at (931) 372-3975 or at

    Complete Pre-Arrival Orientation