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International Student Admissions

TCC welcomes international students from more than 30 countries around the world. Whether you’re entering college for the first time, seeking specific skills for a career path, or upgrading your expertise to compete in today’s marketplace, TCC is a great place to learn and grow.

To apply to TCC, simply log on to the online application at www.tacomacc.edu/internationalstudents/applynow. Along with the application form, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • Bank statement in English showing sufficient funds available for the first year of study.
  • Copies of your high school or college transcript in English.
  • Applicable fees – includes mandatory $55 application fee and other fees, including housing placement fee. Fees are payable by credit card, money order from the postal service (not Western Union), bank draft or check from an American bank.
  • Transfer Students – if you are currently studying at a different U.S. college or university you are required to submit a transfer form after it has been signed by the International Advisor at your current institution.

I-20 Form

The I-20 is a document that indicates you have been accepted to study at TCC. TCC will send you an I-20 form within two working days of receiving your complete application. The U.S. consulate in your home country will require that you bring the I-20 to your F-1 visa interview. TCC will also send you a consulate letter stating TCC’s support for your application to study in America.

F-1 Visa Interview

You will need to make an appointment for an interview at the U.S. consular office nearest your home. The U.S. government requires all F-1 visa applicants to interview and pay a SEVIS fee and a visa fee. Go to www.tacomacc.edu/internationalstudents/applynow for additional tips for your interview.

Arrival in the U.S.A. and Orientation

As soon as you receive your F-1 visa, please inform TCC so we can plan for your arrival. The TCC Housing Coordinator will need to know your travel plans (including flight number, date and time) so airport pickup can be arranged for you. Airport pickup dates are available on our international web site. Plan to arrive no more than one week before TCC's New Student Orientation begins.

English Proficiency

Upon arrival, students are required to take TCC’s English proficiency exam for placement at the appropriate level of English instruction. TOEFL is not required.

Other Visa Status

Students with other visa status than F-1 will need to contact Enrollment Services directly.

For more information regarding the international student admission process, call 253.566.5190 or go to www.tacomacc.edu/internationalstudents/applynow.