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 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.

Summer Term 2015

ESL students should arrive during the airport shuttle dates below:

  • Shuttle: June 5 through June 7, 2015
  • Placement Testing: June 8, 2015
  • Orientation: June 9, 2015
  • Registration: June 10, 2015
  • Classes Begin: June 11, 2015 

Fall One Term 2015

  • Shuttle: August 10 through August 12 (arrival in Nashville, TN before 4:30) and August 14 through August 16, 2015 (arrival in Nashville, TN before 5:00). No shuttle on August 13, 2015
  • Placement Testing: August 17, 2015
  • Orientation: August 18, 2015
  • Registration: August 19 and August 20, 2015
  • Classes Begin: August 21, 2015

Fall Two Term 2015

  • Shuttle: October 9 through October 11, 2015
  • Placement Testing: October 13, 2015
  • Orientation: October 14, 2015
  • Registration: October 15, 2015
  • Classes Begin: October 16, 2015 

New international students, including ESL Program students, should plan to arrive at the Nashville, Tennessee international airport within the shuttle service days.

The Nashville airport is the largest airport near Murray, Kentucky, but because it is a two-hour drive to Murray, the ESL Program provides shuttle service from the airport to Murray State University. There is a $75 charge for airport pick-up which will be billed along with your tuition and fees. (The airport pick-up charge is non-refundable unless you cancel at least four hours prior to your original arrival time.)

If a student needs airport pick-up on any date other than the shuttle dates (see above), the charge is $125.

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.

Shuttle Passengers (August & January Shuttles Only)

Please note that the shuttle will be picking up many students whose flight times will vary. For this reason, the shuttle departs from Nashville for Murray at 5:00 pm sharp each day for the first three shuttle days, August 10 to August 12, 2015. If your flight is a morning flight, you will be greeted by a shuttle worker who can take you to eat and rest, but you will not be able to depart for Murray until 5:00 pm. If your flight arrives after 5:00 pm, you will need to make arrangements to stay at a hotel in Nashville and leave for Murray at 5:00 pm on the next day. For this reason, it is best to arrange a flight that will arrive before 4:30 pm for August 10 to August 12. If you plan to arrive between August 14 and August 16, 2015, you'll be picked up on the same day if your flight arrives in Nashville before 5:00 pm. Otherwise, you will need to stay in Nashville overnight and be picked up on the following day. Please note that there is no shuttle on August 13, 2015.

All ESL Students

All students must provide their arrival information to the ESL Office. Please return the arrival sheet in your application packet. This may be faxed to  270-809-2715.

New Student Orientation

Orientation for ESL students takes place before and during your term here. Orientation begins as soon 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 to other students. The ESL staff and the teachers will help new students register for class and with all those activities that can be so confusing at the beginning of a new experience.

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 here.

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 05/6/2015