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Hello & Welcome

We hope these resources make your visit to Rocky Top an enjoyable and educational. Fun Facts: We LOVE the color orange, Smoky is our beloved bluetick coonhound mascot and we back the Tennessee Volunteers (Go Vols!).

Watch the video or visit for a more formal introduction to our higher education institution that is centrally located in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee and a quick car ride away to the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. We look forward to seeing you soon!

More About Our Office

The Programs Abroad Office is one of seven units that makes up the Center for Global Engagement at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Our team members strive towards University of Tennessee’s Global Vision to enrich Tennessee through international development, global awareness, and service on the world stage so that the University of Tennessee fulfills its promise as a modern R1 land grant university. (Read More)

Programs Abroad is dedicated to enhancing students’ agency to engage in the global community, invoking a life-long obligation to global citizenry as an integral part of the Volunteer experience using the following values as guiding principles:


Read the full Programs Abroad Vision and Values statement hereWorking Version | Updated March 2023

Visitor Resources


If you are planning on flying into Knoxville, McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) is approximately 12.5 miles (20km) from campus and the central part of Knoxville.


Surrounding the airport are several car-rental companies like Enterprise, Hertz & Avis, etc. Additionally, Uber and Lyft have access to our airport.

Once in Knoxville, you can utilize a bus system, free trolley system, bike share and scooter services that increase sustainability and accessibility efforts. Visit for more information.

International Eateries in the area

Knoxville is full of small-town/big-city atmosphere, depending on your location and tastes. To see a list of authentic eateries and local hubs for international foods and fun, visit our International Cuisine Map at

When eating at one of these local restaurants, tag the Center for Global Engagement (@UTKGlobal) on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, or Twitter and use the hashtag #UTKInternationalFoodie

Local Accommodations

The City of Knoxville has many options for hotel options throughout downtown Knoxville and in the surrounding areas. If you are in need of accommodations, visit

Additional Resources:

On-Campus Parking

On-campus visitor parking is found at Volunteer Hall Garage, 1545 White Avenue.

If you are visiting Programs Abroad, we are located in The Center for Global Engagement at 1620 Melrose Avenue – roughly an 8-minute walk and approximately 0.3 miles from the Volunteer Hall Garage.

If you are attending a special event, it is likely to be held at the Student Union, located at 1502 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996. This is a 4-minute walk and approximately 0.2 miles from the Volunteer Hall Garage.

For the most up-to-date information on parking, pricing and maps, please visit:

Enrollment Reports

Are you interested in learning more about our global efforts in relation to who travels where, when, and why? Our Enrollment Reports include an analysis of U.S. students participating on outbound for-credit abroad programs by region, country, college, gender, and more.

Enrollment Report 2018-19

Enrollment Report 2017-18

Enrollment Report 2016-17


**updated reports coming soon**

This data is reported annually and included in the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Institutional Data Report to understand national trends in international education and better inform our office’s decisions as we work to achieve the University of Tennessee’s Global Vision to enrich Tennessee through international development, global awareness, and service on the world stage. (Read More)


For prospective students and their support systems, visit

For current, former and future partners of Programs Abroad, please fill out the form below: 

If you have any special requests or specific goals you would like to accomplish during your visit, please make us aware of them by emailing and we will do our best to provide you with the resources to empower your success!

We look forward to hosting you!