Tennessee's Location in the United States

Tennessee is located in the south eastern part of the United States. People who live here are called "Tennesseans." Our neighboring states are Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri. We are bordered on the west by the fabled and historic Mississippi River, and on the east by the enchantingly beautiful Appalachian Mountains.

Need more information? One source with interesting facts is the Tennessee Wikipedia entry.

Links to Official US Immigration Sites

Study in the States: the innovative information hub for the international student community. This site brings together the various federal agencies that play a role in implementing our student visa and exchange visitor programs, including the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

SEVIS: Another way to view the steps to study in the U.S.

SEVIS Fee: This site gives you more information about how to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee.

Tennessee Airports

Western Tennessee: Memphis International Airport (MEM)
Central Tennessee: Nashville International Airport (BNA) and Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA)
Eastern Tennessee: Knoxville Airport (TYS) and Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI)

Tennessee Climate

Tennessee has a temperate climate, with warm summers and mild winters. However, the state's varied topography leads to a wide range of weather conditions. In the Memphis area, the annual average temperatures are 40°F (4°C) in January, and 83°F (28°C) in July. In the Nashville area, the annual average temperatures are 36°F (2°C) in January to 79°F (26°C) in July. The Knoxville area has average temperatures of 41°F (5°C) in January and 78°F (26°C) in July.

Severe storms occur infrequently. The greatest rainfall occurs in the winter and early spring, especially March. September and October are typically the driest months. Snowfall does occur but is more prevalent in East Tennessee than in the western Tennessee. Nashville receives approximately 10 inches of snow (25.4 cm) per year. In comparison, Memphis generally sees only 5 in (12.7 cm) annually.

Recommended Clothing

Summer: T-shirts, shorts, jeans, skirts/dresses, tank tops, swimwear
Fall: School sports team apparel (available at your school's bookstore), sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets, raincoat
Winter: Warm coat, scarves, gloves, warm hat, warm shoes, sweaters, raincoat
Spring: (much like fall) - sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets, raincoat


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