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Among the hills and mountainous terrain of the Cumberland Plateau, Cookeville has more than 150 area waterfalls, 1,200 miles of nearby lake shoreline, and world-renowned sports/fitness opportunities. Students can hike, exploring 12 of Tennessee’s top state parks & natural areas; swim, soaking in our lakes, rivers and swimming holes; or take a ride, basking in the sunshine and breezes along scenic, winding backroads. In addition, culinary and cultural experiences round out your journey, creating memories to be savored for a lifetime.


Bachelor Courses in English

Business, Engineering, Agriculture & Human Ecology, Arts & Sciences.  Students register for 12-15 semester credit hours of credit, which represents 4-5 courses each meeting 3 hours every week.  Advanced courses may require additional scrutiny to fully ensure students are suited for the coursework.  For class schedule information, click here, or for course descriptions, click here.


Note:  Music students who want to join the orchestra must submit a demo or possibly audition upon arrival.  Nursing, Teacher Education, Senior Thesis, Design, or capstone programs are not open to exchange students.  Enrollment in English/literature courses may be permitted, pending an exam.

Note: Visa regulations restrict enrollment in online-courses.


Master Courses in English

Master-level students are not able to be accepted.


Thesis/Project Work

Generally not possible


TTU’s College of Business is AACSB accredited and the College of Engineering is ABET accredited.¬† The university also has other accreditations.


Exchange Student Application

Once your placement is confirmed at TTU by the Magellan office, you will be required to complete an exchange student application for TTU.



Orientation is held prior to the start of classes.  More information about studying abroad at TTU can be found here.


Not possible


Part-time Employment

Part-time on-campus employment is possible at TTU.  Students may work no more than 20 hours per week and are paid $10 per hour.  Jobs in the library, fitness center, university childcare center, and food service and catering are sometimes available.  There is no central office for part-time employment; students should contact individual departments to inquire about job openings.


Students with Disabilities
Information is available online.


Grades & Transcripts

Tennessee Tech uses a four point/letter grade evaluation system.  Exchange students must request a copy of their transcript from within their student account.  There is no fee for transcripts, but all financial obligations must be fulfilled before transcripts will be provided.  Requests are usually processed within 24 hours.  For additional details on transfer of credits, please refer to the Student Guidebook.


Health Insurance
Health insurance may be purchased through TTU for approximately $775 per semester. Alternatively, you can arrange a policy in your home country; the policy must provide coverage equivalent to the university’s policy, as well as provide repatriation and medical evacuation coverage.


Textbook Fee
Varies but approximately $500.


Late Registration Fee
$100.  Late registration fees may be waived for exchange students, particularly if delayed due to visa/flight problems.  Assistance is provided for pre-registration before arrival to allow for maximum course availability.


Tuition Fee
The Magellan tuition waiver allows exchange students to enroll in up to 15 credit hours (30 ECTS) of regular academic classes (not classes such as private music lessons or golf).¬† Students who choose to enroll in additional credits/courses beyond this level will be charged the current per-credit-hour tuition fee for the extra credits. If there are supplemental course fees beyond tuition, they are the student’s responsibility.


Official Transcript
Free, unless special delivery expenses are incurred. More information is available here.


Students attending TTU are REQUIRED to obtain certain inoculations and MAY obtain others.  You will be asked to complete Student Health, Immunization Health History, Meningitis/Hepatitis, and Tuberculosis forms.


All non-US citizens are required to obtain either an F-1 or J-1 visa to study in the United States.




Shared dormitory.  Visiting international students are housed on-campus in shared rooms with communal baths in close proximity to the student’s room.  Pillows, bed linens, and bath linens are not provided.  Kitchen facilities are not available, but you may purchase or borrow microwaves and refrigerators.  On-campus housing starts at approximately $3,084 per semester.


The Residential Hall contract is for two semesters (Fall and Spring) unless your exchange program is for one semester only.  Exchange students are permitted to live off campus; however, many of the apartments are unfurnished and require a one-year contract. In either case, exchange students must apply for housing very early.



Students generally purchase a meal plan and eat most meals in university dining halls.  Meal plans are required if a student is residing in the residence halls.  Several meal plans options are available and range from approximately $625-$3,054 per semester.



The nearest airport is in Nashville, Tennessee (BNA), which is 130 km west of Cookeville; there is no passenger rail service to Cookeville.¬† The airport shuttle from Nashville to Cookeville is approximately $125 per student; Uber is also an option for a similar cost. However, TTU is introducing a new “Global Ambassadors” program which could assist with organizing transportation from the airport to campus.


CATS, a local bus service within Cookeville, is free to all TTU students with a TTU student identification card.



Many American fast food and chain restaurants are available, as well as locally owned establishments, in Cookeville.  Entertainment venues include bars and a 12-screen cinema.  Local music, dance, and theatre organizations provide regular events, as do touring professional companies.  Many social activities are sponsored by local civic clubs, often with philanthropic purposes.  The group International Friends consists of community volunteers who are interested in international students.  They recruit host families and coordinate requests for the Speakers’ Bureau.  You are invited to participate in the cultural programs planned by International Friends.  There are also many clubs, organizations, and teams on campus that you may wish to join.  Among the annual festivals are a fall fun-fest with a barbecue cook off, arts and crafts.  A railroad museum provides scenic train rides through the countryside; this is especially enjoyable during the colorful fall foliage season.  Three public lakes are nearby and provide ample opportunity for water sports, hiking, picnicking, and more.  Hunting and fishing are popular seasonal activities.



The historic downtown square is home to small shops and restaurants, while several larger shopping areas are located on the outskirts of town.



Cookeville has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Winters are mild with an average January temperature of 3¬ļC; the area typically receives 20 cm of snow annually.¬†¬†Summer high¬†temperatures average 30¬ļC.