Arrival Information

Airport Pickup

MSU International Institute will provide airport pickup from the Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTR) located in Columbus, Mississippi, from July 22nd to August 23rd, 2019. The GTR airport is located 15 miles from Mississippi State University. We strongly recommend that you fly into this airport. Registration for airport pickup will open in July.


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.

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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