International Students

International students are an integral part of the vibrant Vanderbilt community, bringing diverse experiences and perspectives to our campus. At Vanderbilt, you can explore ideas, have fun and grow as a person.

International Student & Scholar Services

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is a team of passionate and experienced international educators dedicated to advocating for and supporting the international community at Vanderbilt.

ISSS hosts a variety of programs and events throughout the year to help international students and scholars connect with each other and with the university and Nashville communities. Examples of these programs include World on Wednesdays, International Education Week, an annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Winter Staycation activity series. Below are two additional programs:

  • First Friends
    First Friends is an annual program that facilitates cross-cultural exchange through friendship, connecting international students with Americans on and off campus.
  • EAT!
    EAT! is a free program that provides international students and scholars a chance to enjoy American food and culture with a local family.

You will also receive information from ISSS about joining its GroupMe, where you can connect with other international students and scholars throughout your time at Vanderbilt.

International Student Resources


As you begin to plan for your journey to Nashville and Vanderbilt, please review this visual timeline to prepare for your next steps.

Visa Process

International students admitted to a degree seeking program at Vanderbilt University and who need to apply for a visa should complete the I-20/DS-2019 request process through ISSS.

Before Your Flight

Explore advice before boarding flights to Nashville, a list of suggested items to bring, and information about arriving to the U.S.

International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation is the mandatory orientation program for all international first-year undergraduates. Domestic students currently living abroad and international transfer students are also welcome to attend, but it is not required.

After International Student Orientation, first-year international students will attend the mandatory CommonVU Orientation.

After International Student Orientation, international transfer students will attend the Transfer Student Orientation.


While most information on the Welcome Website applies to all students, move-in for students with international addresses differs from the move-in instructions that domestic students receive. Incoming international undergraduate move-in for fall 2023 will be on Wednesday, August 16, beginning at 8:00 a.m. CT. International Student Orientation for undergraduates begins on August 17 and is required for all new international first-year undergraduates.

Please make sure to complete the pre-arrival form in the Housing Portal before you arrive on campus, so that we can prepare for your arrival.

Additional move-in information, including what to bring and renters insurance, can be found on the move-in page.