Pre-arrival information for international students

What do I need for university?


If you are a new student who is about to join the International Year at Lipscomb, you may have some questions about how to prepare to study abroad and live in the USA. Find out what you need to do before you arrive, visa information, and what you can expect in your first few weeks.

Your arrival guide

There are several important tasks that you must complete before you travel to the USA. You will find them listed in our arrival guide.

This guide contains essential pre-arrival information including:

  • what to do after you've been accepted
  • setting up your student ID
  • how to travel to Lipscomb
  • what to pack.

Find out about the visa and documents you might need on our Documents page.

Questions new students ask

It won’t take you long to get used to your life and make friends here. To help you settle in, we organize events where you can meet and get to know your classmates. You can join in with one of the many clubs on campus, which will allow you to meet people with similar interests to you.

Moving to a different country to study is exciting, and it’s normal to feel a little bit nervous too. We will give you the support you need to settle in to life in the USA. Find out what you can expect, by visiting EducationUSA.

There are several international grocery stores in Nashville from which you can source your ingredients. You will also find a wide range of international restaurants serving cuisine from around the world. And don’t miss out on trying traditional ‘Southern’ cooking and hospitality while you’re here.