Steps to TCC
International students are "non-immigrant" visitors who wish to come to the United States to study. Our International Services Office can help you with your admission steps whether you want to study in the U.S. or take online classes outside the U.S. Follow these below steps to get started at TCC.
Download the International Application Checklist for new international students.
Apply for Admission
- Apply for admission to TCC using our online application.
- If you plan to transfer to a 4-year university, select Associate of Arts (A.A.), no matter what your bachelor's degree will be.
- If you do not plan to transfer to a 4-year university and are only seeking a terminal 2-year degree, select Associate of Science (A.S.).
- After you submit you will receive a confirmation page with your TCC Identification number, email address and password. Keep this page for your records as you will need this information to log in to TCC Passport and access your TCC email.
Submit Required Supporting Documents
Official High School or University Transcript and Diploma
All academic records must be issued in the native language and be accompanied by a certified English translation.
Official Course-By-Course Evaluation of High School or College Transcripts, Diploma and/or Examination Results.
Submit an official evaluation of high school or college transcripts and diploma by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, such as the World Education Services, Inc. or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. Costs for these services are paid by the student. For assistance, you may deal directly with the agency, or you may email International Services.
Submit TOEFL or IELTS Report
International student applicants whose native language is not English must submit test scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate English language procifiency. Test scores must be sent directly to International Student Services from the testing agency. ISS will not accept test scores that are more than 2 years old. The minimum scores required for each exam are required below.
- TOEFL: 45 (internet-based test); 133 (computer-based test); 450 (paper-based test)
- IELTS: Overall band score of 4.5 or higher
Submit Proof of Funding
Submit proof of funds which demonstrates your ability (or your sponsor's) to pay for classes, living expenses, and health insurance during your program at TCC. Please click HERE to read more about the funding guidelines and requirements for international students on F-1 visas. All financial documentation should be sent directly to International Student Services.
**All official transcripts/evaluations, TOEFL/IELTS results, and proof of funding must be sent directly to the following address.**
Tallahassee Community College
International Services Office, SU 242
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304
Receive Form I-20
After your admission application file is complete and we have received all required documents, your I-20 will be processed and mailed to you in a pre-arrival packet.
Your Form I-20, your Certificate of Eligiblity for Nonimmigrant Student Status, is an important document that you must keep in a safe place at all times. It demonstrates that you have been accepted to study at TCC as an F-1 visa student and is required to apply for your visa.
F-1 Visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate
As soon as you receive your Form I-20, I-901 SEVIS Fee ($200). You will need to present proof of your I-901 SEIVS Fee payment at your visa interview, so please print your receipt.
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.
Arrival in the United States
Notify our office when you receive your F-1 student visa. When you enter the U.S., you will need to show the immigration officer:
- Your original Form I-20
- Your valid passport with a valid student visa
Questions? Contact the Office of International Services Office by calling (850) 201-8258, emailing us at email@example.com, or visiting us in the Student Union, room 242.
Getting a Visa
Student visas are issued by U.S. Embassies and Consulates located outside the United States. The application process typically includes an interview with a consular official to determine the applicant's purpose of travel to the US. Most visa interviews are short (one to two minutes) and are conducted in English, so good preparation is essential. It is important that you plan your answers ahead of time and that you be completely honest and thorough. More on how to apply for a visa in your home country.
Prepare for the Interview
- Have a clear plan. Describe why, where, and what you plan to study in the U.S.
- Demonstrate adequate funding to cover tuition and living expenses.
- Explain your intent to return home. Tie it to your specific situation and avoid generalities.
Sample Interview Questions
- Why do you want to study at Tallahassee Community College in the United States?
- Do you have any family members or relatives in the United States?
- If you have relatives in the United States, identify who they are, what their relationship is to you, and where they live.
- What ties do you have in your home country that will draw you home?
- Clearly express your motive to return to your country after you complete your studies in the United States.
- This might include:
- Job offer or admission to an educational program upon return
- Documentation of research you've done on your intended job in your country. For example, translated job advertisements, written description of a discussion you had with a person in the kind of job you want, or quote from newspaper article or trade industry write-up.
- Statement of future plans. (Care should be taken to demonstrate the relevance of the US course of study to those plans).
- An indication of close personal ties in the home country (parents, spouse, children, fiancé, etc.).
- Local identity card (indicating, if possible, your entire immediate family).
- Who is funding your educational expenses?
Top Ten Tips for a Successful Visa Interview
- Wear formal clothing.
- Be polite. Greet the officer with a smile and say "good morning."
- Give brief and to-the-point answers.
- Make direct eye contact with the officer.
- Focus on YOUR study goals and future plans during the interview NOT your desire to be with family or friends in the USA.
- If you don't understand a question, say "I do not understand. Please repeat the question."
- Be honest during the interview.
- Be prepared to express why you want to learn in the USA AND why you will return to your country.
- Have your financial documents with you and in order.
- Be positive and confident!
Required Documents for Interview
Check for specific requirements in your home country. Typical documentation includes:
- I-20 immigration document - issued by Green River College
- Visa and processing fee - paid to U.S. Embassy or Consulate
- Photo, passport-sized
- Valid passport
- Completed visa application form
- High school (and university, if available) transcripts, in English
- TOEFL scores (if available)
- Documents indicating reasons to return to home country or other country outside the US, if available.
- Financial statement(s): originals to show and photocopies to submit
Examples of financial documents:
- Bank statements
- Certificates of deposit
- Earnings statements
- Tax records
- Proof of sponsorship from by a corporation or other entity
Issuance or Denial of Visa
- If you are issued a visa: Congratulations! Contact us to confirm your arrival.
- If you are denied a visa: Politely ask the consular official why the application was denied. Also ask when you may reapply for a visa. Then, contact TCC. If the denial was based on a misunderstanding or on poor communication, we can write a letter for you to present to the consular official during your second visa interview. Such a letter does not guarantee approval, but will serve to clarify points of possible misunderstanding.