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Q: When should I plan to arrive on campus at King University? A: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com so that we can prepare for your arrival. Q: Should I notify King University when I have my arrival information? A: YES! Please send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 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.
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.
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 www.ecampus.com/king 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
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
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.
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 www.fastweb.com 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
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.
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.
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.