African dancers
Flags from different countries
People talking at the Festival of Cultures

Pellissippi State: Bringing the World to International Students


Pellissippi State Community College is about exploration: exploring American culture, exploring the English language, exploring new friendships and, above all, exploring the individual self.

Pellissippi State offers English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction for students visiting from across the world and for those who are based in East Tennessee. Whether students seek to improve English language skills for academic, professional or social purposes, Pellissippi State delivers a strong foundation in writing, reading, grammar, listening and speaking – all tailored to each student’s specific goals.

In addition to taking advantage of Pellissippi State’s ESL classes, international students also study in fields ranging from business administration and nursing to engineering technology, computer technology, healthcare administration, early childhood education, media technology and many more academic programs. The college offers numerous options for those who seek two-year degrees and for students who wish to pursue certification.

International students who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university can take advantage of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway, which allows them an easy transfer upon successful completion of the A.A. or A.S. degree requirements at Pellissippi State. To learn more about this program, check out this link: www.pstcc.edu/advising/transfer/pathways.

Pellissippi State has a long history of diversity and international education. With five campus locations in two East Tennessee communities, Pellissippi State is already home to more than 300 international students from 45 countries. It also boasts a Confucius Institute, where any student can learn the Mandarin Chinese language and explore Chinese culture.

Pellissippi State includes community members in its international outreach. Free international-themed celebrations, such as the annual Festival of Cultures, bring the world to the community. Previous international events at Pellissippi State include touring art exhibits from Mexico and Slovenia, a film screening and discussion by a noted Israeli filmmaker, and numerous other events in music, dance and lecture.