Congratulations and welcome to Tacoma Community College! Now that you have been admitted to TCC for an upcoming term, you should apply for your F-1 student visa and plan for arrival. Below are the steps for newly admitted students who have successfully received an F-1 student visa.
Visa received? Congratulations!
You’ve completed the application process – and you’re ready to arrive to the United States. As soon as you receive your F-1 visa, please let us know by completing the form below. We will follow up with your TCC Student ID number and TCC email address.
As soon as you register as a Tacoma Community College student using the link above, we will support you with your Pre-Arrival Checklist. Here are the new student steps:
STEP 1: Activate your TCC Accounts: Your credentials will be sent via email. Please use the link below to activate your TCC email, ctcLink and access to our student Portal.
STEP 2: English and Math proficiency
I have English proficiency. If you have taken the Duolingo, IELTS, TOEFL or other English examination, please submit your score to the Admissions team.
I have not taken an English placement test. We will cover the expense of one Pearson Versant English test to determine the student's English proficiency level. Based on the Versant score, a student will be placed into Level 0-5 of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) or they may score high enough for direct placement into English 101 (College-level English).
I meet English proficiency and am ready to take the Math Placement test. TCC's math placement test is called ALEKS and can be taken through the link below. We recommend students take the Math placement test early, so we can ensure proper course placement for their intended start term. Note: We recommend students only take the Math Placement test AFTER meeting English proficiency.
STEP 3: Apply for a Homestay family
Transferring-in credits? Be sure to send your Official Transcript to Tacoma Community College to transfer-in your credits from another U.S. University.
To transfer in credits from a Foreign Universtiy, please have your transcript evaluated by one of the following companies:
ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS EVALUATION INSTITUTE, INC.
PO Box 6908
Beverly Hills CA 90212
Phone: 310-275-3530; Web site: www.acei1.com
"Books on Us" Scholarship
Eligibility: New International Student (Summer 2021)
Amount: $200 - $500 USD
Award: TCC Gift card to cover books/other new student needs
DUE: JUNE 11, 2021
Arriving to SEA-TAC Airport
A TCC representative is available during our Arrival Days leading up to New International Student Orientation to pick new students up at the airport.
- New students staying in a Homestay: FREE
- New students not in a Homestay: $75 per person for airport pick-up (non-refundable after confirming the service)
Plan to arrive in time to attend New International Student Orientation (see dates).
If you arrive after Orientation, please bring your Passport, I-20 and Admission letter to the International Programs Front Desk for check-in.
New International Student Orientation
International Student Orientation will cover topics ranging from health insurance, maintaining one's visa status, course registration, and campus safety. Fun activities will also be organized to allow students to meet other new and current TCC international students, ask questions and gain a mentor.
Due to COVID-19, New International Student Orientation is taking place online via our academic platform, Canvas.
When I arrived here, the mentors helped me make a lot of new friends from different countries and improve my communication skills.”
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