Visiting Students

If you are an international student attending a college or a university abroad and would like to come to Tennessee Tech for a semester or year we have an exciting new program for you. The Visiting International Program (VIP) helps college students come to Tennessee Tech for a semester or academic year and experience studying in the United States.

How Do I Begin?

Complete an Online application for admissions. Exchange visitors for admission to the university are encouraged to complete an application as early as possible.  BE SURE TO SELECT INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER.  When it asks for the application fee, please click PAY LATER and be sure to SUBMIT the application. Please follow up by sending the Director an email to confirm the application has been received, his email is 

What Must I Submit to be a Visiting Student?

  1. A letter of good standing from your current university
  2. Transcripts in English from your institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Adequate evidence of financial support equal to $ 10,000 (U.S.) for each semester
  4. Copy of your passport showing how to spell your name and any extensions
  5. Complete the following:
  6. Once admitted, be sure to pay the SEVIS fee prior to your visa appointment; go to to pay the SEVIS fee online.
  7. Once admitted you will be sent a Certificate of Admission and your DS-2019 which will be used to apply for your J-1 visa.

How Much Does the Visiting International Program Cost?

  1. Visiting students may request to have out-of-state tuition waived.
  2. Visiting students are eligible to work on campus (if available).
  3. Visiting students have the option of living on or off campus.

If sending by postal mail, please send all materials to:

International Programs
Tennessee Tech University
Campus Box 5093
Cookeville, TN 38505 USA

Phone: (931) 372-3634
Fax: (931) 372-3674

You will also need to go to the International Programs website for more information about courses offered, course descriptions, insurance, etc.

If you have any questions, please email us at

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