Arrival Information

Airport Pickup

The International Institute provides airport pickups from Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTR) to your Starkville residence for new students and their dependents in the weeks preceding the first day of class each semester. The GTR airport is located 15 miles from Mississippi State University. We strongly recommend that you fly to this airport. Registration for airport pickup will open approximately one month before the first day of class.

Airport Registration Form:


The International Services staff will do everything we can to assist you. We strongly recommend that you secure housing prior to arrival. Information on housing options is available at the Housing & Residence Life website.


Medical Insurance

All international students are required to have insurance per OP 91.175: Health Insurance and Repatriation Insurance for International Students ( All international students are automatically enrolled in the policy offered  when they register for classes, and the cost is added to their student account.  Students with existing health insurance that meets the requirements can request a waiver within 10 days of the start of classes each semester. This must be renewed each semester.  For more information please visit the Insurance page on the Longest Student Health Center website.

City of Starkville

Starkville exudes the famous small-town charm and hospitality that characterizes the Southern United States. Because Mississippi State University and Starkville work together to form a richly cultural, diverse, and welcoming atmosphere, students at the ESL Center feel immediately welcome in this small town of approximately 23,000 residents.

Since Starkville’s average yearly temperature is 62° Fahrenheit (17° Celsius), life in Starkville and MSU revolves around outdoor activity. On a typical day, one sees people strolling or jogging down University Drive, which offers a wide array of shops and restaurants to appeal to every taste. Fortunately, the ESL Center is located on University Drive, so students only have to walk 10-15 minutes to reach Starkville’s best shops and restaurants.

Except when the town is cheering on its Bulldogs at one of many MSU athletic events, Starkville offers a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere that attracts people of all ages and backgrounds.

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