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Before You Leave Your Home Country

It is important that you have all of your travel arrangements finalized before leaving. Make sure you know your flight itinerary and have transportation arranged to and from the airport. Be sure to carry all important phone numbers and contact information for your contacts in Nashville (and in other U.S. cities). Keep this information separate from your travel documents (I-20 or DS-2019, etc.) and passport. Your passport and travel documents need to be readily accessible for immigration officials.

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Essential Items to Bring:

  • your original travel documents (passport, I-20/DS-2019, etc.) and multiple copies (clear, easily read copies) to be kept separately in case of emergency
  • your driver's license or international driver's license
  • a supply of all prescription medications with a description of each written by your doctor
  • immunization/vaccination records for student health center
  • an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses
  • a small first aid or emergency kit including items like thread, band aids, antibacterial ointments, non-prescription medicines
  • clothing & footwear (casual/formal)
  • spending money

For those of you living in the Residence Halls please keep in mind that you will need to provide your own toiletries, sheets, towels, pillows, pillowcases, blankets, and mattress cover. You are encouraged to bring items that will make you comfortable for the first few nights in Nashville until you are able to go to a store and purchase the remaining items.

After You Arrive in Nashville

  1. Please notify International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) of your arrival as soon as possible. It is required for all new students to check in with ISSS. Please bring all of your travel documents (passport, visa, I-94, I-20/DS-2019) with you so that copies can be made for your files.
  2. Contact Office of Housing & Residential Education.
  3. Get your student ID card made: Commodore Card Office
    184 Sarratt Student Center Nashville, TN 37240
    (615) 322-2273 M-F 8:30-4:00 Tues until 7:00 pm
  4. Contact the Office of Student Accounts.
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