International Student Advising

International Programs offers a one-stop shop for international students - And that includes everything related to advising. Your International Student Advisor is able to assist you with:

  • High School Completion
  • Exploring academic and degree options
  • Understanding degree requirements
  • Preparing for graduation
  • Planning for University transfer
  • Maintaining your immigration status
  • Obtaining a travel signature
  • Applying for OPT (optional practical training)

Academic Program Search

There are many different programs and areas of study available to students at Tacoma Community College. Prior to meeting with your International Student Advisor, we encourage students to utilize TCC's Program Finder to search the different majors, specializations and certificates available.

Program Finder

TCC is supported by exceptional faculties who dedicate their time to design and deliver courses that not only help students develop essential skills but also prepare them for a future professional career.”

Professor Edwin Lin, Engineering Mechanics, Indonesia

Academic and Immigration Advising

For international students, your Academic Advisor and Immigration Advisor are one and the same. You can meet with the International Programs Advising team for questions related to degree requirements, such as a degree audit, quarter course planning, and graduation as well as immigration questions, such as 1-20 extension, enrollment verification letters, low-high credit requests and more.


Call: +1 253 566 5190


Stop by: International Programs Front Desk, Bldg 11, 2nd Floor

High School Completion

High School Completion is a fast-track program where international students can work towards their High School diploma and Associate's Degree at the same time. It provides a pathway for students to save both time and money by completing their course requirements for High School and the first two years of college concurrently. The High School Completion program is a great option for students who have yet to finish High School, but want to start college early or those who do not want to spend their final year of High School studying for a National Exam. 


  • Must be at least 16 years of age (and under age 20)
  • Have completed at least Grade 10 (Year 1 of High School) or higher in their home country
  • Students are not eligible if they have already graduated from High School in their home country or in the United States


Transcript Evaluation: An International Advisor will review your High School and Grade 9 transcripts (translated into English) and determine how the courses you have already taken apply to the Washington State High School degree requirements.

Course Requirements: There are a total of 22 classes needed to receive the Washington State High School diploma. After evaluating your transcript, your International Advisor will provide you a list of your remaining courses and a pathway for completing those courses in a timely manner. The 22 classes are a combination of English, Math, History, Political Science and more.

Graduation: Upon completion of the required classes, a student will be guided through their High School Beyond Plan, a portfolio project culminating their High School coursework, and be required to sit for the ACT Plus Writing. Students must receive a minimum score of 14 in English, 16 in Math and 16 in Science (Biology). Their International Advisor will then assist them in applying for their WA State High School Diploma. 

For questions related to High School Completion, please contact:

Penda Sow, Assistant Director for Advising, 

University Transfer

International Programs has partnered with many universities throughout the United States to allow our international students to seamlessly transfer from Tacoma Community College to a four-year university. Students may choose to apply to one of our many Guaranteed Transfer Partners or apply for admission at a University of their choice. 


To begin preparing for University Transfer, please contact: 

Ashley Bush, International Academic Advisor,

Learn more

International Programs
Tacoma Community College
Building 11, 2nd Floor
6501 South 19th Street
Tacoma, WA 98466-6100
Phone/Fax: 253-566-5190