Arrival and orientation
All new ESL students must return the arrival information sheet
provided in your acceptance packet with your I-20. We cannot meet you at
the airport if we do not know when you are arriving. Please fax the form
to 270-809-2715 or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org through email when you have your travel schedule. Please read carefully the information below so that you can get better prepared for your transition to your life and study with us at Murray State University.
Spring One Term 2014
ESL students should arrive during the airport shuttle dates below:
- Shuttle: January 6 through January 9, 2014
- Placement Testing: January 13, 2014
- Orientation: January 14, 2014
- Registration: January 15 and January 16, 2014
- Classes Begin: January 17, 2014
Spring Two Term 2014
- Shuttle: March 21 through March 23, 2014
- Placement Testing: March 24, 2014
- Orientation: March 25, 2014
- Registration: March 26, 2014
- Classes Begin: March 27, 2014
New international students,
including ESL Program students, should plan to arrive at the
Tennessee international airport within the shuttle service days.
The Nashville airport is the
largest airport near Murray, Kentucky, but because it is a
to Murray, the ESL Program provides shuttle service from the
Murray State University. There is a $75 charge for airport
will be billed along with your tuition and fees. (The airport
charge is non-refundable unless you cancel at least four hours
your original arrival time.)
If a student needs airport
pick-up on any date other than the shuttle dates (see above),
Please see the Expected Costs for more information.
Information on this shuttle and a request that you let the ESL
program know of your exact arrival will come with your I-20. Your I-20
packet will contain all your arrival information in it, and you should
let the ESL Program know as soon as possible when you will arrive.
Either a student worker or a staff member in the program will greet you
at the airport.
& January Shuttles Only)
Please note that the shuttle
will be picking up many students whose flight times will vary.
reason, the shuttle departs from Nashville for Murray at 5:00 pm
If your flight is a morning flight, you will be greeted by a
who can take you to eat and rest, but you will not be able to
Murray until 5:00 pm. If your flight arrives after 5:00 pm, you will
make arrangements to stay at a hotel in Nashville until you can
shuttle on the next day. For this reason, it is best to arrange a
that will arrive before the shuttle departs.
All ESL Students
All students must provide their
arrival information to the ESL Office. Please return the arrival
in your application packet. This may be faxed to 270-809-2715.
Orientation for ESL students
takes place before and during your term here. Orientation begins
as you are picked up at the airport. ESL student advisors and their helpers will help you with your housing, banking, and shopping and introduce you
students. The ESL staff and the teachers will help new students register for class and
those activities that can be so confusing at the beginning of a
The first day of each term is set aside for placement testing,
which consists of these parts: a writing sample, a short oral
interview, and an institutional TOEFL. They are designed to insure that
you are placed in the appropriate courses in each skill level.
Information on ESL Program curriculum and special programs can be found
Each new student is enrolled in an orientation class during
the term. This class will help you become acquainted with life in the
United States and specifically in Murray, KY.
Students are visited by various university and community
members in this class in order to help them adapt to college life. This
class offers a broad range of subjects and the speakers may include
doctors, bankers, dentists, law enforcement personnel, university
personnel or faculty, immigration specialists, and culture shock
specialists. At the same time, students will have a tour around campus.
- Updated 06/12/2013