Transportation in the United States is primarily automobile-based, which may be different from the preferred method of transportation in your home country. If you plan to drive a car while you are here, you should consider if you meet certain conditions. These conditions include having a valid driver’s license from your home country and an International Driving Permit.

Depending on your personal preference and available travel plans, you may travel to Memphis by the following ways:

  • Memphis International Airport (MEM)
  • Amtrak Train Station
  • Greyhound Bus Station
  • Driving from another city


You should inform International Student Services (ISS) of your plans by emailing theworld@memphis.edu, including the date, time and location of your arrival. The ISS Office will arrange to have a volunteer pick you up and bring you to the University of Memphis Main Campus, where they will help the you get your campus ID and check the you into your dormitory. You will be given further information regarding events for international students after your arrival.  

For more information regarding border security and customs, please visit the Department of Homeland Security at https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/2012/01/here-to-help-international-students-cbp