How to apply to TCC as an international student!
International students are "non-immigrant" visitors who wish to come to the United States to study. The Office of International Student Services will guide you through the admissions process. Follow these below steps to get started at TCC.
Apply for Admission
- Apply for admission to TCC using our online application.
- 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.
- If you do not plan to transfer to a 4-year university and are seeking a terminal 2-year degree, select Associate of Science (A.S.).
- 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 Workday, and MyTCC to access your TCC email.
IMPORTANT: Your application is considered incomplete until you submit the required supporting documentation to International Student Services. Please carefully review the steps below.
Submit Required Supporting Documents
Official High School or University Transcript / Academic Records 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 / Academic Records, Diploma and/or Examination Results.
Submit an official evaluation of high school or college transcripts / academic records and diploma by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), such as Josef Silny & Associates, World Education Services, or SpanTran (TCC SpanTran Application). Costs for these services are paid by the student. Students may deal directly with the agency, or you can contact ISS for assistance.
Submit TOEFL or IELTS Report or English Language Proficiency Waiver*
International student applicants whose native language is not English must submit test scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate English language proficiency. Test scores must be sent directly to International Student Services from the testing agency. ISS will not accept test scores that are more than two years old. The minimum scores required for each exam are listed below.
- TOEFL: 61 (Internet-based test); 173 (computer-based test); 500 (paper-based test)
- IELTS: Overall band score of 5.5 or higher
*Exemptions from the requirement to demonstrate English proficiency may be granted after a review of any of the following cases:
- After the student completes the 6th level in the FSU Center for Intensive English Studies with a minimum of B average in all coursework, receives a certificate of completion, and a letter of recommendation from the CIES Director, the English language proficiency requirement will be considered satisfied
- Approval of ELP Waiver Request Form (eg. Completed the equivalent of English Composition or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university, Graduated from an accredited U.S. college or university,Graduated from an accredited U.S. high school, etc.)
Submit Proof of Funding
Submit proof of funds which demonstrates your ability (or your sponsor's) to pay for classes, living expenses, and health insurance during your program at TCC. Please click on the ISS Funding Guideline and Form to read more about the funding requirements for international students on F-1 visas. All financial documentation should be sent directly to International Student Services.
**All official transcripts / academic records / evaluations, TOEFL/IELTS results, and proof of funding must be sent directly to the following address.**
Tallahassee Community College
International Student Services, 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 supporting documentation, your Form I-20 will be processed and mailed to you in a pre-arrival packet.
The Office of International Student Services uses an online services - eShipGlobal - to send acceptance packets to foreign countries. To learn more about how to create an account with eShipGlobal and request express shipment of your Form I-20 and acceptance letter, please click here.
Your Form I-20, the Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Student Status, is an 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.
F-1 Visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate
After you receive your Form I-20, you will need to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee ($200). You will need to present proof of your I-901 Fee payment at your visa interview, so please print your receipt.
Then, make an appointment for a visa interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate nearest you. Keep 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
Please notify the ISS when you receive your F-1 student visa. The ISS will send you more information on arriving in the United States, what documents you need to carry with you, and when you need to report to campus for the International Student Orientation Program.
Questions? Contact the Office of International Services Office at (850) 201-8258 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us in the Student Union, room 242.