We recognize that it is challenging to navigate graduate school as an international student. We want you to know that you have a right under federal law to join or organize a union, regardless of your citizenship or visa status. Here are a few resources that our fellow international graduate students find helpful to navigate thier professional and personal lives. 

  1. Academic
  2. Financial
  3. Life Services
  4. Health and Wellbeing
  5. Going Out


Language Communities/ESL Assistance
  • You will need to apply for SSN physically at your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office.
    • Address: 120 Athens Way, Nashville, TN 37228
  • SSN Support Letter Request (if employed on campus)
  • If not employed on campus and J1 – “Invitation or employment letter”
  • Valid passport
  • Valid I-94
  • Most current I-20 (F1 visas only) or DS-2019 (J1 visas only)


Banks and Credit Unions

Life Services

Internationally- Oriented Community Organizations 
Shopping/Grocery Stores
Phone Plans 

Health and Wellbeing

Going Out

Restaurants (Internationally-Owned)

British/Irish Food


  • Hearts Australian-owned Coffee Shop | Bar | Brunch
    • 914 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

Indian Food

Nigerian Food