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The New Graduate Student's Survival Guide

This guide contains a selection of resources for graduate students new to the ETSU area

ETSU International

ETSU International is the main point of reference for international students. Contact the center for information about applications, immigration, remaining in status, and other topics related to your study in the United States.

ETSU International


International Buccaneer Buddies (IBB)

International Buccaneers Buddies (IBB) is a volunteer organization that supports international students by providing them with buddies to pick them up from the airport and help them settle into the ETSU campus and area.

International Buccaneers Buddies


For legal reasons, it is critically important that international students work only within the requirements of their visas.  Consult with ETSU International before accepting job offers outside the approved 20 hours a week.

A U.S. Social Security Number is required for employment in the U.S.  ETSU International provides specifics on how and where to obtain one.

ETSU International


The banks and credit unions within walking distance of campus are Select Seven Credit Union, Eastman Credit Union, and First Horizon Bank.

Select Seven Credit Union

Eastman Credit Union

First Horizon Bank

Cellular Phones

Ubreakifix, located at 1150 W State of Franklin Rd #15, repairs cell phones and other tech items.


Verizon (Russell Cellular at 1120 W State of Franklin Rd Ste 50) and T-Mobile (Metro by T-Mobile at 601 W Market St Ste 201) are within walking distance of ETSU and offer same-day purchases of new phones. 

Russell Cellular

Metro by T-Mobile

Phones and plans may also be purchased at any Walmart.