International Student Information


Campus: Blountville
Building: Pierce Building
Office: International Student Admissions 
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday (Appointments Recommended)          
Address:  2425 Highway 75, P.O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617 
Phone: 423.354.2436
Fax: 423.323.0215

Campus: Kingsport
Building: Blazier-Wilson Hall
Office: International Student Admissions
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday (Appointments Recommended)         
Address: 222 W. Main St., Kingsport, TN 37660
Phone: 423.354.2530
Fax: 423.354.2524

International Students Page PhotoNortheast State is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students on “F-1” student visas. An international student must apply to the college, meet the admission requirements for international students and make contact with the  Designated School Official (DSO) prior to the issuance of an I-20. The deadlines for admission are July 15 for Fall term and November 15 for Spring term. All international students are required to pay out of state tuition and must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours. Three of those credit hours may be on-line course work. 

Once the student has been issued an I-20 and received their visa with the status of “F-1”, the student must meet with the DSO upon arrival.

  1. Submission of a completed Application for Admission.
  2. Submission of a certified or notarized copy of authenticated academic records in English translation. The applicant is responsible for arranging for and paying any cost of the official translation of foreign language transcripts. These records should describe the courses of instruction in terms of years spent in school and the type of subject matter covered, with grades earned in each subject. The education level attained must be comparable to a high school diploma in the United States.
  3. Submission of an official transcript from each college or university that the international applicant has attended. If the college or university is outside the United States the applicant is responsible for arranging for and paying any cost of the official translation of foreign language transcripts. These records should describe the courses of instruction in terms of years spent in school and the type of subject matter covered, with grades earned in each subject.
  4. All international applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit official scores to Northeast State. A minimum score of 173 on the computer-based TOEFL, 500 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 61 on the new internet-based TOEFL is required for admission. Northeast State does not give the TOEFL test but will accept official scores. For more information, contact TOEFL Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, call 609.771.7100, or visit Coursework completed at another United States College or university or graduation from a United States high school may be used in lieu of TOEFL.
  5. International students with valid ACT/SAT scores (less than 5 years old) must submit the scores to Admissions. At the time of submission it will be determined if the student will be required to take placement testing. International students without valid ACT/SAT scores will be required to take placement testing. Additional institutional assessment may be required of all international students.
  6. International applicants must show satisfactory evidence of financial capability to meet the expense involved while studying at Northeast State. Applicants must complete the appropriate form, provided by the college, showing financial capability and indicating who will provide funds for the applicant’s educational and living expenses while he/she is enrolled at Northeast State. International students automatically pay out-of-state fees based on their residency status and are not eligible for Title IV funds. Northeast State does not provide housing for any of its students. Housing, meals, and transportation are solely the responsibility of the student.
  7. International applicants should submit a certificate from a licensed physician or other quality medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis. This certificate must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records within 30 days from the first day of classes to continue enrollment. Failure to furnish such a certificate shall result in denial of further enrollment or admission. In the event that the applicant either has tuberculosis or has potential tuberculosis requiring medical treatment, continued enrollment will be contingent upon the determination by a licensed physician that further enrollment does not present a risk to others and upon the applicant’s compliance with any prescribed medical treatment program.
  8. International students must become familiar with the regulations of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and assume responsibility for complying with the regulations.
  9. As a condition of admission and continued enrollment, all International non-immigrant students must purchase health insurance through the Tennessee Board of Regents International Student Insurance Plan.
  10. International applicants will be required to pay out-of-state tuition.

Student admission files will remain active for one year from date of application if the applicant doesn’t enroll and attend classes. After this time, the documents will be destroyed per TBR Guideline G-070 and the student will need to resubmit all information to the Office of Admissions and Records.

Please Note: Fees are subject to change each July for the upcoming Fall semester.

# of Hours Maintenance Fee Technology Fee Access Fee  Activity Fee International Ed Fee Total In-State Tuition Out of State Tuition Total Out of State Tuition
12 2052.00 116.00 8.00 23.00 12.00 2211.00 6408.00 8619.00
13 2089.00 116.00 8.00 23.00 12.00 2248.00 6515.00 8763.00
14 2126.00 116.00 8.00 23.00 12.00 2285.00 6622.00 8907.00
15 2163.00 116.00 8.00 23.00 12.00 2322.00 6729.00 9051.00
16 2200.00 116.00 8.00 23.00 12.00 2359.00 6836.00 9195.00
17 2237.00 116.00 8.00 23.00 12.00 2396.00 6943.00 9339.00
18 2274.00 116.00 8.00 23.00 12.00 2433.00 7050.00 9483.00


Reasons to Contact the Designated School Official (DSO)

  • You have just arrived in the United States, you must meet with the DSO upon arrival. 
  • You are planning to transfer to another institution.
  • You are dropping below full-time status (12 credit hours).
  • You have an address change.
  • Any financial status changes.