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TCC does not provide on-campus housing. It is the student's responsibility to find her/his own housing however there are many apartment complexes surrounding the campus and even more designed just for students all around Tallahassee. See Student Housing options.
Yes. StarMetro is the City of Tallahassee’s official transit service.
Yes, F-2 spouses and children are able to enroll in less than a full course of study (i.e., part-time) at an SEVP-certified school. If interested in pursuing a full course of study, a change of status will be necessary. To discuss this, contact the International Services Office, call (850) 201-8258, email 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|
Well, that depends. Do you plan to transfer to a four-year university to complete your bachelor's degree? If so, you want to pursue your A.A. degree. If you want to only study for two years and go directly into the workforce, then you should pursue one of our A.S. degree programs.
Regardless of if you want to study political science, art history, engineering, chemistry, or anything else, if you want to transfer to a four-year university in your third year to finish your bachelor's degree, you will get your A.A. It's also known as the "university transfer" degree.
Absolutely. If you would like to pursue a more short-term certificate, you can do that as an F-1 student.
During fall and spring, 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. After one semester at TCC, international students can apply for part-time jobs on campus. International students may not work off-campus while on a student visa. This would put you in violation of your visa. Learn more about Student Employment.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a period during which undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 status who have completed or have been pursuing their degrees for more than nine months are permitted by the USCIS to work towards getting practical training to complement their field of studies.
While there is some right to work under OPT while still in school (“pre-completion OPT”), the main use for OPT is the right to work for 12 months after completion of a degree (“post-completion OPT”).
One update to OPT is that students who have graduated from a US college or university with a specific degree in the STEM fields - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - can apply to extend their OPT for an additional 17 months, bringing their total post-graduation OPT available time up to 29 months.
Students must visit IS to determine if they are eligible for OPT and must have their SEVIS record (I-20) updated as part of the application process.
CPT is off-campus employment authorization which allows students to engage in an internship related to their program of study. CPT is conducted during the program of study (or prior to graduation). Students must be enrolled in a full course of study for at least one semester in F-1 status at TCC prior to engaging in CPT.
Students must visit IS to determine if they are eligible for CPT and must be approved by IS prior to beginning your paid internship. As a part of the approval process, a student’s SEVIS record (I-20) must be updated in order to engage in CPT.
Please note that the full course of study requirements still apply while engaging in CPT.
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). Examples of such agencies include Josef Silny & Associates (www.jsilny.com) and World Education Services (www.wes.org).
Every country is different, so this is a necessary base line.
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 (Post-Secondary 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 are able to register for in your first semester. It is offered every day on TCC's campus in the FPAC building, and no appointment is necessary. Be sure to bring your TCC student ID number and photo identification.
See the PERT Study Guide here.
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