Accepted! Now what?
Apply for your 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.Steps for getting a visa
Take the PERT
MANDATORY: The PERT is simply a placement test in order to gauge your levels for reading, writing, and mathematics. It is required for all TCC students before they may register for the first semester of classes.
If you have taken the SAT or ACT, you do not have to take the PERT. However, please send your SAT or ACT test results to International Services.
The PERT test can be taken at the FPAC Testing Center on TCC's campus. No appointment is necessary, but you must bring a photo ID and your student ID number.
Recommendation: Arrive in Tallahassee a few days before orientation so that you may take the PERT before orientation day.PERT Study Guide
MANDATORY: New international students will report to International Services (Student Union, 2nd floor) at 9 a.m. on orientation day. Orientation will last until around 2 p.m., so be sure to eat a good breakfast.
*NOTE: If you have any documents outstanding, you must bring them with you to orientation before you will be able to register for classes.
MANDATORY: After orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor to register for classes.
*NOTE: Check TCC Passport to make sure you are in the correct degree program. If you plan to transfer to a four-year university, make sure you are on the Associate of Arts track.
Pay Tuition and Fees
MANDATORY: Make sure to pay tuition and fees after you register for classes, by the payment due date, or your classes will be dropped. You can pay tuition and fees online or in-person at the Cashier's Office.PAY TUITION IN TCC PASSPORT
Get Health Insurance
MANDATORY: Don't forget to purchase health insurance before the Friday on the first week of classes! You must provide proof of coverage to International Services.PURCHASE NOW