International Student

Steps to TCC

International students are "non-immigrant" visitors who wish to come to the United States to study. Our International Services Office can help you with your admission steps whether you want to study in the U.S. or take online classes outside the U.S. Follow these below steps to get started at TCC.

Download the International Application Checklist for new international students.

Apply for Admission

  1. Apply for admission to TCC using our online application
    1. If you plan to transfer to a 4-year university, select Associate of Arts (A.A.), no matter what your bachelor's degree will be.
    2. If you do not plan to transfer to a 4-year university and are only seeking a terminal 2-year degree, select Associate of Science (A.S.).
  2. After you submit you will receive a confirmation page with your TCC Identification number, email address and password. Keep this page for your records as you will need this information to log in to TCC Passport and access your TCC email.

Submit Required Supporting Documents

Official High School or University Transcript and Diploma

All academic records must be issued in the native language and be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Official Course-By-Course Evaluation of High School or College Transcripts, Diploma and/or Examination Results.

Submit an official evaluation of high school or college transcripts and diploma by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, such as the World Education Services, Inc. or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. Costs for these services are paid by the student. For assistance, you may deal directly with the agency, or you may email International Services.

Submit TOEFL or IELTS Report

Incoming international students must submit official TOEFL report or IELTS report. If your native language is not English, a TOEFL score must be submitted with a required minimum score of 133 (computer-based) or 45 (Internet-based), or an IELTS score with required minimum of 4.5.

Submit a Financial Support Letter

Submit a financial support letter from your parents or sponsor. This is an official letter or statement on letterhead, signed and dated, from bank or other financial institution indicating sufficient funds to cover the estimated yearly cost of TCC tuition and living expenses of $23,850.  Note: this statement should be recent and not older than six months.

  • If you have dependents, please note that your financial support letter must include the additional amounts in USD:
    • $3,000/spouse
    • $1,000/child

All documents must be submitted to:

Tallahassee Community College
International Services Office, SU 242
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Receive Form I-20

After your admission application file is complete and we have received all required documents, your I-20 will be processed and mailed to you in a pre-arrival packet.

Your I-20 is a very important document that you must keep in a safe place at all times. It demonstrates that you have been accepted to study at TCC as an F-1 visa student and is required to apply for your visa.

Interview for F1 Visa

As soon as you receive your I-20, pay your SEVIS and visa fee online. Then, make an appointment for a visa interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate nearest you.  Bear in mind that wait times to schedule an interview can vary greatly from country to country, so be sure to check the wait time at the location nearest you.

Arrival in the United States

Notify our office when you receive your F-1 student visa.  When you enter the U.S., you will need to show the immigration officer:

  • Your original Form I-20
  • Your valid passport with a valid student visa 

Questions? Contact us at (850) 201-8555 or email, or stop by the Admissions Office located on the second floor of the Student Union. 

To contact the International Services Office, call (850) 201-8258, email, or visit us in the Student Union, second floor.