All international students participate in a two day orientation and welcome program beginning the morning after arrival. Following a welcome reception with IEP administrators,teachers, and staff, the new students learn how to open a local bank account and are later escorted to a bank and department store after a walking tour of campus.
Students are tested to determine what level of English instruction will best challenge each individual. American classroom customs and academic topics are covered before students fill in health insurance forms to obtain health insurance coverage in the U.S. All students must have health insurance while in the U.S. If a student has health insurance on arrival, it is necessary to have proof and full documentation. Without documented proof, the student must purchase health care insurance here in the U.S.
The final orientation sessions cover American customs, food, cars & insurance, US Immigration laws, cultural adjustment, ID cards, etc.
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Airport Pickup Service
Students will be met at the Memphis International Airport (MEM) and escorted to the University by a staff member if students' arrival in Memphis is before 8:00 pm on the date specified in the acceptance letter.
TIEP Student Handbook