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F-1 Visa International Students

This information is for those applying for an F-1 student visa for study in the U.S.

All other visa types, permanent residents or citizens will find application information at the General Admission page.

If you have questions, see our Which ESL program is best for me? page.

Application Process

Submit your application documents to the ESL Institute as early as possible. No later than 45 days prior to the start of a term. Please contact the ESL Institute if requesting an exception.

Missing items will delay your application. Please use this printable checklist.

  1. Completed application - online application form
  2. US $50 new student payment. US $140 if applying for both ESL and undergraduate admission.
  3. Copy of passport information page with photograph
  4. Financial support form 
      • If applying for both ESL and undergraduate admission, financial sufficiency should be more than the APSU undergraduate financial sufficiency amount. See APSU Financial Support.
  5. Bank statement or letter to match financial support form
  6. High school or college transcript

* Fees are subject to change. See refund policy.



Submit all of the same application and items listed above (#1-5), plus: 

  1. Transcript from current school or language program
  2. Copy of current I-20 form
  3. Copy of current I-94 form (dated within 1 week of submission)
  4. Copy of U.S. visa page

Application and items should be sent no later than 30 days prior to the start of a term (preferred), but transfers generally do not take as long to process. Please contact the ESL office with questions.

  • Scanned copies of application items may be sent by email.
  • For courier services (such as DHL or FedEx), please use the
    following physical street address:

Austin Peay State University
ESL Institute/MCR 211
681 Summer St.
Clarksville, TN 37044

  • Post Office mailing address:

APSU ESL Institute
Box 4478
Clarksville, TN 37044


Please ensure all items are complete; missing documents may delay processing of your application and issuing of I-20 form.

  1. Follow instructions at your country’s U.S. embassy or consulate to apply for F-1 visa (You have your I-20 - what's next?)
  2. Transfer students from another US school/university/college should request their current school to transfer SEVIS record after receiving admission letter. If needed, a Transfer Verification Form is available.
  3. Complete Travel and Arrival Form.
  4. Sign-up for a registration session.
  1. Original I-20 form and passport with visa
  2. Copy of I-94 form
  3. Tuition and fees payment (See Tuition and Fees
  4. Completed Certificate of Immunization showing:
    • Proof of two MMR immunizations.
    • Proof of two varicella (chickenpox) immunizations.
    • Proof of immunization against Meningococcal Meningitis. (If under 22 years old and living on campus.)
    • Proof of negative tuberculosis (TB) test. (Must be dated within 30 days before the first day of classes.)
  5. Completed and signed Health History form 
  6. Medical and Health insurance payment or proof of adequate international student insurance. See Health Requirements.
 Defer Admission

Please complete the Request to Defer Admission form to notify the ESL Institute that you wish to defer your admission in the program to a future term. Forms must be signed and can be scanned by email to esl@apsu.edu.

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