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TCC does not have on-campus housing. It is the student's responsibility to find her/his own housing. There are many apartment complexes surrounding the campus and even more designed just for students all around Tallahassee. See Student Housing options.
Another great option, especially for new international students, is living with a homestay family! TCC partners with American Homestay Network, which works with students, families, and colleges & universities to make the home stay experience a memorable one!
Yes. StarMetro is the City of Tallahassee’s official transit service.
Yes, F-2 dependents can engaged in study at a SEVP-certified school as long as they are enrolled in less than a full course of study. F-2 minors often study full-time, from kindergarten through 12th grade. To discuss this, contact the Office of International Student Services by calling (850) 201-8258 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, J-2 visa holders may study or work while in the United States. A J-2 may enter the United States along with their J-1 spouse or parent or join the J-1 while participating in their exchange program in the United States.
The breakdown of the estimated costs (in USD) for one academic year are as follows:
|Books and supplies||$1,000|
|Health insurance (required)||$950|
The A.A. degree program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a Florida public university for their junior year (3rd year) to complete a bachelor's degree program.
If you want to study for two years and go directly into the workforce, then you should pursue one of our A.S. degree programs.
Regardless of whether you want to study political science, art history, engineering, chemistry, or another major, if your goal is to transfer to a four-year university in your third year to finish your bachelor's degree, then you should enroll in the A.A degree program. It is also known as the "university transfer" degree.
Yes, F-1 students are eligible to purse an academic certificate program. TCC offers more than 50 certificate programs.
During the fall and spring semesters, you must complete at least 12 credits each semester. Summer term is optional, unless it is your first term at TCC.
Please note, that J-1 transfers must maintain the same degree type, or very similar field of study.
Yes, international students can work on-campus for up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session. International students are not eligible to work off-campus. Please contact the Office of International Student Services to learn more.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a type of work permission available for eligible F-1 international students, allowing them to obtain real-world work experience related to their field of study.
There are three general types of OPT:
Pre-Completion OPT: Any portion of OPT that is used before a student's Program End Date on his/her Form I-20. This type of employment may be full-time or part-time.
Post-Completion OPT: Any portion of OPT that is used after a student's Program End Date on his/her Form I-20. This type of employment must be full-time.
STEM OPT Extension: This type of OPT is for students who majored in designated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) degrees approved by Department of Homeland Security.
Students interested in applying for OPT need to schedule an appointment with an ISS advisor. An ISS advisor will review the eligibility requirements and the application process.
Note, Walk-in appointments are not accepted for OPT applications.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is training that is an integral part of a program's established curriculum and relates directly to the student's major area of study. CPT must occur before the Program End Date on a student's Form I-20.
To qualify for CPT, the student must either:
Yes, you need to have a job when you apply for CPT.
No, you cannot change employers during CPT. Your CPT authorization is for a specific employer and specific training or internship position.
No. You will need to submit your CPT application to the Office of International Student Services for review. An ISS advisor will make a decision on your OPT application. If approved, the ISS advisor will authorize CPT in SEVIS and generate a new Form I-20 for you.
To learn more about CPT eligibility requirements and application process, please make an appointment with an ISS advisor by phone (850) 210-8258 or by email email@example.com.
In order to determine whether or not your academic transcript(s) and diploma(s) are equivalent to achieving the same level in the United States, your records must be evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (naces.org).
No. If you went to a high school that is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), then your academic records are already equivalent to the United States and do not need to be evaluated for admissions purposes.
The PERT (Postsecondary Education Readiness Test) is the placement exam that tests new students on their math, reading, and grammar skills. If you have not taken the SAT or ACT, you must take the PERT before you will be able to register for classes. Your PERT score will determine which math and English classes you take in your first semester.
The PERT is offered every day on TCC's campus in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, and no appointment is necessary. Be sure to bring your TCC student ID number and photo identification.
If you have a question that is not listed above, feel free to send us an email and ask at firstname.lastname@example.org.