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Frequently Asked Questions


 

Listed below are common questions that both new and current students ask the International Services office. For your convenience, this list is continuously being updated, so if there is some information that you feel should be included, please let us know so that it can be added.

 
 
 

 What is Tallahassee like?

 

TCC’s home is Tallahassee, capital of the beautiful State of Florida, or ‘Sunshine State.’  With two other major universities in town, Florida A& M University and Florida State University, Tallahassee is the host to more than 64,000 college students from across the country and the world making this city a melting pot of cultures and TCC a great place to begin your college education.

Also, Tallahassee is an ideal place to live and learn - with beautiful canopy roads, historic locations, the Gulf of Mexico, hiking and biking trails, the natural beauty of the region is unsurpassed.  You can attend and be enriched by diverse cultural events such as FSU's Seven Days of Opening Nights, which attracts a kaleidoscope of world-renowned artists and performers, Springtime Tallahassee events, the Winter Festival and celebrations on Lights, and a wide array of social and cultural programs.

Tallahassee is nearer to Atlanta than Miami, situated in the Big Bend of northwest Florida's Panhandle. Tallahassee is sometimes known as "The Other Florida" in attitude, topography, climate and lifestyle.  Rolling hills, moss-draped oaks, fragrant magnolia trees and grand plantation homes cover the landscape. The Georgia line is just 14 miles to the north, while the Gulf of Mexico is 25 miles south. Tallahassee offers a wide array of restaurants, museums, parks and nearby Gulf beaches. Atlanta, and Orlando- home of Walt Disney World and other attractions, are just 4 hours away.

Click here to see a beautiful video of all that Tallahassee has to offer!

 

 What is the PERT test?

 

 

 

 

The PERT (Post-Secondary Readiness Test) is the placement exam that tests new students on their math, reading, and grammar skills. It is offered everyday on campus and no appointment is necessary. As soon as you arrive, be sure to check in with the International Services Office and we will give you a pass to take the exam.

 

 Does TCC have any dormitories or offer any housing choices?

 
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.
 

 Can I get a job?

 
You can only get a part-time job on campus after you have been enrolled for one semester at TCC.
 

 Does Tallahassee have any public transportation system?

 
Yes, StarMetro is the City of Tallahassee's official transit service. Visit StarMetro's Web site for more information.
 

 How many credit hours must I complete to maintain my full-time status?

 

During fall and spring semester, you must complete 12 credits or more (per semester). Summer term is optional, unless it is your first term at TCC.

 

 How do I transfer to another school as an F-1 (student visa)?

 
First, you must apply to the school of your choice. Once you have been accepted, bring the acceptance letter and transfer form to the International Services Office. An adviser there will transfer your I-20 via SEVIS to the new school you will attend.
 

 How do I transfer to another school as a J-1 (student visa)?

 
You can use the same steps mentioned above.  The one major difference is that your transferring program must be the same degree type and be the same or very similar field of study. Once you have been accepted to the new school, the adviser will transfer your DS-2019 via SEVIS to the new school you will attend.
 

 What are the restrictions for an F-2 dependent?

 
An F-2 holder can only take classes that are "vocational or recreational." Since F-2's are F-1 dependents, they cannot be degree seeking or have a job.

F-2 children are allowed to study full-time until they graduate high school, at which point they can also only take vocational or recreational classes. Children of an F-1 will also lose their F-2 status if they turn 21 while in the United States (at this point most children return home or change their status to F-1).

If you have an F-2 child or spouse who would like to start college in the United States, please contact the International Services Office to discuss how he or she can be changed to an F-1.
 

 What are the restrictions for a J-2 dependent?

 
A J-2 dependent has much fewer restrictions than an F-2 dependent. A J-2 has the ability to study college programs full or part time as well as become approved to work through USCIS.
 

 How do I get my I-94?

 
​1. Use a computer that is attached to a printer!

2. Go to https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.html Make sure that all of the information that you type in is exactly as it is on your passport!

3. Once you have printed your I-94, bring it to the International Services Office so that we can make a copy of it for your record.
Contact Information

For more information contact International Services by phone (850) 201-8258 or e-mail iss@tcc.fl.edu.

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