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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

Transcript Evaluation

Many students take classes at a college or university in their home country before coming to Tacoma Community College. Do you need to transfer in credits from a university abroad? We accept transcript evaluation from the following companies:

WORLD EDUCATION SERVICES, INC.
PO Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York NY 10274-5087
Phone: 212-966-6311; Email; Web site: www.wes.org

FOUNDATION FOR INTERNATIONAL SERVICES, INC.
505 5th Ave. South, Suite 101
Edmonds WA 98020
Phone: 425-248-2255; Email; Web site: www.fis-web.com

ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS EVALUATION INSTITUTE, INC.
PO Box 6908
Beverly Hills CA 90212
Phone: 310-275-3530; Web site: www.acei1.com

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION SERVICES AACRAO
Phone: 509-577-7435; Email; Website: www.aacrao.org

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.

TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT, please:

Call: +1 253 566 5190

Email: international_advising@tacomacc.edu

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 complete the first two years of college/university earlier than their peers. It is a pathway for students to save both time and money by beginning their university classes one to two years early and upon completion of the TCC Associate's Degree, students will be awarded both their Associate's Degree and their High School Diploma.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • 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

PROGRAM COMPONENTS:

Degree Requirements: All gradutes of Tacoma Community College are automatically awarded their High School Diploma if they have not yet received one. Therefore any international student looking to receive a U.S. High School Diploma simply needs to graduate with their Associate's Degree by completing all necessary classes.

Graduation: Upon graduation, the international student will receive their Associate's Degree and their High School Diploma from Tacoma Community College.

For questions related to High School Completion, please contact:U

Penda Sow, Assistant Director for Advising, nsow@tacomacc.edu 

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. 

UNIVERSITY TRANSFER PARTNERS

To begin preparing for University Transfer, please contact: 

Ashley Bush, International Academic Advisor, sbush@tacomacc.edu

Learn more

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