International Students

About Hiwassee College:

Hiwassee’s influences are not limited to the immediate area. 10,000 plus alumni are contributing to communities in 44 states and 28 countries. Some of Hiwassee’s successful alumni include: a prime minister of Jordan, a retired president of American BMW operations, an Emory heart surgeon, and a Broadway performer. In just a few short years, we hope to be able to include your name among our prospering alumni members.

Our campus has grown from a mere seven acres to a larger campus, comprised of eighteen buildings situated on 400 acres. We offer a variety of university parallel and career/vocational programs leading to the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Science degrees.

In recent years, Hiwassee has received praise for its financial aid, academic, and athletic programs and has been rated as one of the five most affordable private colleges in Tennessee. Hiwassee professors, students, and athletic teams also frequently receive statewide, national, and even international recognition. YOU could be one of these outstanding and well-recognized students while here at Hiwassee College!

Admission Requirements:
  • Interested students from other countries are encouraged to attend Hiwassee College. All applicants for admission must be high school graduates. The applicant is required to furnish authenticated copies of academic records of all work completed on the secondary and collegiate level. These records should describe the courses of instruction, number of years spent in school, type of subject matter covered, and grades earned in each subject. The applicant must also provide authenticated copies of any diplomas or certifications at the high school level.

  • All international students for admission must possess proficiency in the English language, both written and oral. This requirement can be met by presenting satisfactory results (500 on the written, 175 on the computerized version, or 60 on the Internet-based version) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), by obtaining a significant score on English courses taken while in high school, successful completion of an English Language Institute which meets the approval of Hiwassee College, and/or successful completion of classes in English as a Second Language offered on campus (the TOEFL is waived if a student is from an English speaking country). All international students must undergo placement testing prior to registration, and based upon performance, may be required to take classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) and/or developmental English. In addition, all international students must demonstrate proof of health insurance coverage or agree to purchase health insurance coverage through a plan made available by the College.

  • All international students must also submit proof of financial solvency as required by The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). This requirement can be met when receipt of a deposit of half of the total annual fees for room, meals, tuition, and books (in U.S. dollars) is received by the College, and when the College receives an official statement from a financial institution demonstrating the student’s ability to continue payment following arrival in the United States. The remaining half of the annual fees will be due one month prior to the registration day for the second term in attendance.

  • Upon satisfactory completion of all requirements noted above, the student is eligible for admission to Hiwassee College. Admitted international students will receive notification by mail along with an I-20 form. All I-20’s are now issued through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Once the I-20 form is received, the student must complete Form I-901 and pay the $100.00 SEVIS fee prior to acquiring a visa from the U.S. Embassy. This fee must be paid and proof of payment must be presented to embassy officials before the visa can be issued. Additional information on SEVIS, access to the I-901 form, and online payment of the SEVIS fee can be found online at

  • Approval for continued study at Hiwassee College requires satisfactory academic and social progress, the meeting of financial obligations, and student compliance with all SEVIS requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions for International Students:
  • What is the I-20 form and how do I obtain one? The I-20 is a document issued by a government approved educational institution which certifies that the student has been admitted. After you have been accepted as a student, Hiwassee College will provide the document which must be presented when you apply for the F1 visa at a US Consulate or Embassy.

  • Can International Students work on campus? Yes, according to the US law, on campus employment is legal for students with a F1 visa.

  • How long is the TOEFL score valid? The score is valid for 2 years after the test date.

  • If I am from an English speaking country, am I required to take the TOEFL? No, international students that are from English speaking countries are not required to take the TOEFL.

  • Can I send my documents (transcript, TOEFL score, financial support letter) to Hiwassee College electronically? Yes, emailing and faxing documents to Hiwassee College can be faster and more reliable than by mail. Documents can be faxed to (423) 402-8216 or emailed to

  • Are international students required to take SAT or ACT? No, international students are not required to take SAT or ACT, but it is recommended, if available.

  • Can I study part-time? No, the U.S. Immigration laws require that students with F1 visa maintain full-time enrollment. A minimum of 12 hours credits are required to be considered a full time student.

  • When should I arrive in the U.S? The United States Department of Homeland and Security specifies that students on F1 visas may enter the United States no earlier than 30 days prior to the semester.






Cost for International Students

Tuition & Fees

Other costs:

  • Airfare

  • SEVIS Fee

  • Student Insurance (approximately $776.00 a year)

Financial Aid for International Students

Once admitted to Hiwassee, all students, regardless of country of citizenship, receive a financial aid package.