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International Student Services


One of the main goals of our International Student Services (ISS) office is to help our students find a home away from home. We are here to help students through the admission process, transition to the United States and Southern Adventist University culture, and support them through their academic journey.

Southern Adventist University has many clubs, including the Asian Club, Black Christian Union, Latin American Club, European Club, and Middle Eastern Club. In addition to events and cultural nights that these clubs organize, Southern has other events that allow international and domestic students to explore new cultures and experiences.

Every year Southern holds an International Student Sabbath, International Food Fair, and other international events. In addition to that, our ISS office organizes different events for international students, such as movie nights, game nights, dinners, vespers, Chattanooga outings, and more. 

We couldn't be more excited for you to become a part of our big international family and our even bigger Southern family!


Everaldo De Araujo (Ever) Sophomore, Biology Pre-Med

One of the main reasons I chose Southern Adventist University is its excellent Pre-Med program.  My long-term goal is to become a sports medicine physician. I believe that through Southern, I will develop the tools needed to succeed in the career path I've chosen to follow.

One of my favorite things here at Southern is how active people are. I've always enjoyed sports and other physical activities. When I came to Southern, I was glad to find that many people here share that same passion.  This allowed me to connect with different people on campus, whether through soccer, cycling, running, or through the table tennis club!

One of the things that shocked me was when I found out that you are responsible for fueling your own car here in the US. In Brazil, there are employees in every gas station that will put the right amount of fuel in your vehicle, so when I had to do it here, I was sort of clueless! Something else that surprised me was that you could check out, bag, and pay for your groceries at grocery stores. I thought that was wild at first.  

The strongest advice that I can give to every international student is: don't be afraid to say yes and no!  People here are very enthusiastic, and I had a good time getting to know new places such as downtown Chattanooga, going out backpacking, and exploring nature here in Tennessee.  Although you will have many opportunities to meet new people and discover new places, it's important to remember the main reason why you came to the United States.  Now that you are in college, you are responsible for your own academic success.  Don't worry!  This does not mean that you won't have fun. Stick close to Jesus, and He will take you places you've never imagined you'd be. 

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Planning a Visit?

We welcome you and your prospective student to come see Southern for yourselves. The following links will help you plan a visit to our campus.
Book lodging on campus or at a nearby hotels.Book Lodging

on campus or at nearby hotels

Schedule a visit to campus with out Admissions team's Campus Experience CoordinatorSchedule a Visit

to campus with out Admissions team's Campus Experience Coordinator

Maps and DirectionsMaps and Directions

to the university campus

Request transportation from the airportRequest Transportation

from the airport

Have any questions? Check our FAQ page or contact us:


Christina Donesky


4881 Taylor Circle
Collegedale, TN 37315