English Language Institute

Center for International Education



Information about Conditional Admission

Prospective undergraduate students who meet all admission requirements except for English proficiency requirements will receive a conditional admission to UT. Students who receive this type of admission will be issued form I-20 for an F-1 visa or change of status. Students who receive a conditional admission must meet English proficiency requirements before being admitted to a degree program and before being allowed to enroll in non-ESL courses. Conditionally admitted students who wish to enter the US using UT’s I-20 must enroll in UT’s English Language Institute.


Entering The United States: Student Visa Status

Students should apply to the ELI early in order to receive the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility. The I-20 is required for students to obtain F-1 non-immigrant student visas before leaving their countries. Students should not enter the United States with B-2 visitor visas unless “prospective student” is indicated on the visas.

Students with evidence of admissibility to an academic degree program may find their applications for student visas to be facilitated at U.S. consulates.

The I-20 Certificate of Eligibility, by U.S. law, is valid for one year from the date of issue. It does, however, stipulate a specific arrival date. Students who cannot enter the U.S. before the specified date should request an extension by contacting the English Language Institute. There is no extra charge if the original I-20 is still valid.

It is required by U.S. Immigration law that a student enroll at the institution which issues the I-20 used by the student to enter the United States.

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) publishes an annual security and fire safety report.  The report contains information on crime prevention, crime reporting, law enforcement policies and procedures, fire safety and statistics, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters related to security and safety on campus.  Clery reportable statistics for the three previous calendar years are included in the report. These statistics include crimes reported on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UTK; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The security report for the Knoxville Area (including the Knoxville campus, the Institute for Public Service, the Institute of Agriculture and the UT System Administration) may be found at http://clery.utk.edu/crime-statistics/.

If you would like a copy of the combined Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, you may visit the University of Tennessee Police Department at 1101 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37996 or you may send a request for a copy by mail to clery@utk.edu.


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