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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 are eligible to participate in avocational or recreational studies, such as hobbies. 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 if 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 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).
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 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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