East Tennessee State University

Tennessee - United States


In the heart of Johnson City, ETSU's main campus sits on 340 beautiful acres in the shadow of Buffalo and Cherokee Mountains.

Across the ETSU campus you will pass by more than 80 buildings, including academic and teaching facilities, and extraordinary library, state-of-the-art residence halls and athletic facilities, and even an observatory and an outdoor amphitheater.

The center area of campus recently underwent a transformation as a road and parking areas were removed to create the Quad, a beautiful new green space which is also home to our Veterans Memorial. In early 2014, ETSU will open a new student parking garage that will add over 1,200 additional parking spaces. 

ETSU was founded in 1911 as East Tennessee State Normal School to educate teachers.

East Tennessee State officially became a college in 1925 when it changed its name to East Tennessee State Teachers College, subsequently gaining accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1927. In 1943, East Tennessee State Teachers College was expanded into a college with a range of liberal arts offerings, becoming East Tennessee State College. The college became a University in 1963, adopting the name it holds today.

ETSU has gone through many changes since its inception. Over the tenure of 9 presidents ETSU has grown to encompass 11 colleges utilizing 4 campuses and several satellite facilities. Among its colleges are the Tennessee Board of Regents only College of Medicine, founded in 1974, and a privately funded College of Pharmacy which admitted its first class in January 2007. Through the years ETSU has grown not just physically but also virtually via its online presence. ETSU opened its first distance education course in 1990. ETSU offered its first online course in 1995 and its first fully online program in 2001, the first of each in the State of Tennessee. ETSU Online has since grown to include nearly 500 courses and 45 fully online degree program concentrations and certificates as of Fall 2013.




International Affairs

Interior Design


Industrial Technology

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Business Administration (MBA)

Computer Science – Applies Computer Science

Kinesiology and Sport Studies

English Requirements


International Students Academic Merit Scholarship


The International Students Academic Merit Scholarship is open to new international students seeking a graduate or undergraduate degree. The scholarship covers 50 percent of the total of in and out-of-state tuition and maintenance fees only. No additional fees or costs are covered. The scholarship award can only be used for study at ETSU. The award is available for:

  • Eight semesters for undergraduate recipients
  • Five semesters for recipients seeking a master's degree, or commensurate with the length of the program.
  • Eight semesters for doctoral students, or commensurate with the length of the program
  • Scholarship can be applied to summer semesters.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants Must:

  1. Be admitted to ETSU as full-time, degree-seeking students. Scholarship applicants must apply for admission to ETSU before their scholarship applications can be reviewed. 
  2. Have or plan to have an F-1 or J-1 student visa 
  3. Have a demonstrated record of academic achievement
  4. Submit a recommendation form. Please note that personal recommendations (for example, from a relative or an athletic coach) are not acceptable. Please submit a recommendation from an academic reference (a professor or teacher).
  5. Fill out the scholarship application form.
  6. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they are admitted to ETSU.

When to Apply 

Completed applications, including letters of recommendation, need to be submitted by the following dates:

  • Fall semester deadline: no later than July 1st
  • Spring semester deadline: no later than October 1st

Students are encouraged to submit scholarship applications as soon as they are admitted to ETSU. An application cannot be reviewed until the applicant is admitted to the university. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed.

Additional Conditions

  • Recipients must maintain full-time status.
  • Undergraduate recipients must maintain a 2.75 grade point average in order to continue receiving the scholarship. Graduate recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
  • The scholarship only applies to in and out-of-state tuition and maintenance fees. Recipients will be required to pay other fees such as program fees, course fees, housing costs, and medical insurance costs.
  • Recipients continuing from a bachelor's to a master's degree program must reapply for the scholarship.

Students who are NOT eligible:

  • Students continuing from an ETSU bachelor's degree program to a second ETSU bachelor's degree program
  • Graduate students receiving a graduate assistantship or tuition scholarship
  • Students receiving any other ETSU tuition scholarship
  • Students applying for the M.D. and Pharm. D. programs

Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships

International graduate students are eligible for graduate assistantships (GA) and tuition scholarships (TS). GA and TS positions require students to work in exchange for receiving tuition or maintenance fee waivers. Students receiving a GA receive monthly stipends in addition to the tuition waiver. For international students, GA and TS positions include a waiver of out-of-state tuition (GA positions also include a monthly stipend). In order to be eligible for a GA, international students must be admitted unconditionally as graduate students. To be eligible for a TS, students must be in their first period of enrollment as graduate students.

Honors Program Scholarships

The Honors College offers programs of study which include the possibility of scholarship funding; These programs are open to international students. The Honors College programs are:

  • University Honors Scholars 
  • Midway Honors Scholars 
  • Fine and Performing Arts Scholars 
  • Honors-in-Discipline 

Admittance to honors programs is contingent upon meeting program-specific eligibility requirements. Please note that these programs represent honors-enriched curricula, not scholarships alone. Admittance to a program includes the possibility of receiving a scholarship; however, honors program students are not guaranteed to receive funding. 

To learn more about honors program admission requirements, scholarship availability, and application instructions, visit the above links to each program's web page.

Public Performance Scholarship

The ETSU Public Performance Scholarship is awarded to new out-of-state students, including international students, with interests in the arts. Recipients are not necessarily required to major in the arts; rather, they are required to participate in ETSU performing arts or art exhibition activities. The scholarship covers out-of-state tuition. Students are eligible at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

ETSU General Scholarships 

The Scholarship Office maintains a list of general university scholarships with varying conditions for eligibility. International students may be eligible for scholarships that do not explicitly state residency requirements.

Non-ETSU scholarships

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship

The P.E.O. Sisterhood offers scholarships to women pursuing graduate study in the United States and Canada. The maximum award amount is $10,000 per year. Applicants must be citizens of countries other than the U.S. or Canada and must be admitted as a full-time graduate student with at least one year of coursework remaining. 

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