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Common Questions and Answers

Preparing for Departure

Q: When should I plan to arrive on campus at King University?
You must arrive on campus NO LATER than the date entered on your I-20 in section 5.* Please note: If you cannot arrive by the date entered on your I-20 in section 5, your admission will be deferred to a future semester of your choice. If you arrive prior to the date entered on your I-20 in section 5, please let Admissions/ Athletics or Resident life know your travel itinerary  

Q: Should I notify King University Admissions and/or International Advisor when I receive my visa?
A: Yes! Send us an e-mail at, so that we can prepare for your arrival.
Q: Should I notify King University when I have my arrival information?
YES! Please send us an e-mail at, with your complete itinerary as soon as you have this information so we can have a university representative meet you.  Please include all itinerary information (airline name, flight number, arrival date and arrival time into the TRI Airport, airport code ICT) and put “ARRIVAL” in the subject line of your message.
Q: What should I bring with me when I come to the US?  

A: You should pack clothes that accommodate a variety of seasons, since Tennessee weather is known to change quickly!  The temperature in Bristol, varies anywhere from -5 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius (August through May). Bedding (pillows, sheets, blankets) and towels are also essential. During orientation week, we will provide transportation to local shopping malls where personal items (bedding, school supplies, toiletries, etc.) can be purchased at a reasonable price if you do not bring these items with you. Check out the Fulbright website for more information on what to bring with you and what you should leave at home.

Arriving at King University

Q: What can I expect when I arrive in Bristol?
A: If you have notified the International Admissions Office of your complete itinerary prior to traveling (and plan to arrive on one of the recommended dates), we will have a university representative meet you upon your arrival. They will help you get situated in the residence halls (if you have completed the Housing Application) and assist you with any necessary items to be comfortable your first night. 

Q: Will my room in the residence hall be ready for me?
A: You must complete the Confirmation of Enrollment housing application. If you fulfilled this requirement prior to your arrival, the Residence Life Office will prepare your room for you. 

Q: Will the dining hall be open before classes start?
A: Yes, your meals during orientation week will be provided in the dining hall.

Orientation week

Q: Must I go to orientation?
A: Yes, orientation is mandatory for all new international students on F-1 visa. You will receive important information about your F-1 visa regarding enrolment, the US academic system, cultural adaptation and student life at King University. 

Q: What is the purpose of orientation?
A: New Student Orientation is designed to prepare you for university life in the United States. Your attendance at this event will not only help you make informed decisions, but will give you the opportunity to meet other students, faculty and staff before classes even start! 


Q: What is an academic advisor?
A: An academic advisor is a faculty member from your program of study who will assist you in choosing the correct courses for your major. This advisor knows the requirements for your specific major and will direct you to take the courses which will fulfill graduation requirements in your area.  

Q: Do I get to choose my own classes?
A: You will be pre-registered by Student Success Specialist and meet with your academic advisor before or after the first semester to build an appropriate class schedule. Ultimately, the advisor must approve your classes in order to complete enrolment and to ensure that you stay on the path to graduation. 

Q: I am a business student. Will I take all business classes my first semester?
A: No, students are required to take a variety of classes to complete their degree due to General Education requirements in the United States. Although you may have some entry level business courses during your first year, be aware that your first two years of university study will mainly consist of General Education courses. 

Q: What is general education?
A: General Education (also called Liberal Arts and Sciences Education) is an integral part of the educational system in the United States. Subjects included in this requirement are: Anthropology, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, History, Humanities, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physical Science, Psychology, Sociology, Speech, Theatre, Theology and Writing etc. 

Q: What is a semester hour?
A: A semester hour is a unit counted toward the completion of an academic program. Each course is worth a certain number of semester hours (or “hours”) and the number of semester hours reflects the number of hours a student spends in class for that course per week. Students in the United States typically take 12-15 semester hours per semester, which is usually the equivalent of 4-5 classes. A bachelor’s degree at King requires a minimum of 124 semester hours. 

Q: How many classes do I need to take in order to maintain full-time status?
A: Undergraduate students on F-1 visas are required to take a minimum of 12 semester hours each semester and King graduate students on F-1 visas are required to take a minimum of 9 semester hours each semester to maintain full-time status. You must be full-time to stay in status with Immigration (SEVIS). 

Q: When do I need to pay my tuition?
A: You have paid and Enrolment Deposit before you got your I-20 bur be prepared to pay any additional cost during orientation week. You can pay in cash, traveler’s checks or credit card for any indirect charges that was not part of your deposit. You will be billed for the next semester and we offer a payment management plan, which provides you with a low cost option for payment of tuition and other educational expenses.  

Q: Why am I required to have health insurance?
A: King University requires all international students to have health insurance, unless they have proof of a current health plan extending benefits while in the United States. King’s accidental insurance policy will not cover health issues. For more specific information, contact us at Student Life.

Q: Am I required to live in the residence halls?
A: Full-time students under age 21 are required to live in the university housing facilities. You may apply to live off campus if you’re over age 21 years old.

Q: Am I required to have a meal plan?
A: You are required to have a meal plan if you are living on campus.


Q: Is it necessary to purchase books for my classes or can I share?
A: Professors require that each student bring their own book to class. Sharing books disrupts other students in class and is not allowed. As part of the enrollment process, you will login to to purchase the books required for your courses. 

Q: What is academic integrity?
A: Academic integrity involves honesty with schoolwork and testing, among other things. Violation of academic integrity includes cheating on examinations, writing quizzes and plagiarism (representing someone else’s ideas, writing or other intellectual property as your own). For more information, see the Honor’s Code and Ethics in King University’s Student Handbook.

Q: What do my professors expect of me?
A: Your professors will give you a syllabus in the first week of the semester. This syllabus will explain the requirements of the class, including exam and assignment due dates. If you have any questions regarding expectations and what is required to be successful in the course, you should contact your professor. 

Q: How important is class attendance?
A: Class attendance and class participation are very important in United States classrooms and are often counted as a percentage of your grade. 

Q: How can I succeed in my classes?
A: You should attend class each time it meets, participate in class discussions, ask questions when you are in doubt, visit your professors during their office hours to discuss any concerns about the course, and take advantage of any supplemental or tutoring programs offered on campus. 

Q: How much time should I dedicate to studying, reading the book and homework?
A: It is recommended that you study two hours for every one hour you are in class. This can include reading the textbooks, doing your homework assignments, reviewing your handouts and notes taken during class, and any other methods you use to prepare for class.  

Q: What is active note taking?
A: Note-taking is an active listening process and the written recording of important ideas from lectures or textbooks. Adequate notes are necessary for efficient study and learning in college. Note taking involves being quick and selective in what you write down. Do not try to write everything down, as you may miss key points from the professor’s lecture. 

Q: Why do I have to be serious about my studies from the beginning of the semester?
A: Even from the first week, professors will begin grading you on assignments, class participation, quizzes and exams. Forming good study habits at the beginning the semester will contribute greatly to your success in the classroom.

Financial Aid

 Q: Why did my friend get a different kind or amount of scholarship than me?
 A: Scholarships and financial aid packages are based on different types of criteria. Academic scores, admission status, program of study, and activity (athletics or PVA) participation may all impact this amount and therefore each financial aid package is designed specifically to your eligibility and may differ from others.

 Q: Can I get more scholarships after enrolling?
 A: International students are generally awarded the maximum amount of scholarship when they are accepted to the university. However, in some exceptional cases, it may be possible to receive more scholarships after enrolling at King. Students can perform scholarship searches on-line at sites such as or can review current listings on King’s website. In some instances, students who elect to participate in varsity athletics or other co-curricular activities while attending King may be able to receive a scholarship for their involvement but limitations may apply.

Q: Can my scholarships be taken away?
A: Academic scholarships do have requirements that must be maintained or else a student will lose this scholarship. Please read the scholarship acceptance letter included with your Acceptance Letter.  Students may also have certain scholarships reduced if they move off campus and should check with the Financial Aid Office first to see what kind of an impact a move might have.

General Questions

Q: Can I find a job?
A: International students have the option of seeking on-campus employment.  However, the number of on-campus jobs available is extremely limited, therefore this work should be viewed as supplemental income only. Please keep in mind that international students are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week.  Off-campus employment is prohibited by U.S. Immigration except in special circumstances when approved by the International Student Advisor. 

Q: Should I get a job my first semester?
A: It is recommended that international students wait until their second semester before applying for on-campus positions. This allows for time to adjust to the new culture, new educational system and college life in the United States.

Q: I don’t have a car. How can I get around town?
A: Public bus service is available around Bristol, and there is a bus route that stops on the King’s campus. There are several shopping and eating establishments within walking distance of the university, King University is not responsible for providing transportation to students but you may ask other students. 

Q: Can I set up a bank account?
A: Yes. The Office of International Admissions will assist you with setting up a bank account during orientation week. At this time you can become familiar with the U.S. banking system. 

Q: Will I have access to a computer when I arrive?
A: Yes, there are computer labs on campus available for King students.  

Q: I have never lived this far away from home before. What can I expect?
A: You are embarking on a new adventure in a new place and we realize that this transition can be both exciting and overwhelming. During orientation week, we will have a presentation on cultural adaptation with some helpful hints on making your transition as easy as possible, as well as how to maximize your experience at King University. 

Q: I don’t know anyone in Bristol. What types of activities will be available for me to get to know other students and the area?
A: King University has an active Leadership Organization, a student organization that promotes cultural awareness and unity. Many international students choose to participate in this club, which meets regularly to hold activities for the university. Click here to check out S.L.A.C.K.