Information for International Students
To comply with federal, state and local public health guidelines, TCC campuses will be closed to the community until at least May 29th. TCC is committed to the safety of our students and community. We are actively practicing social distancing measures by staying at least six feet away from other people in public spaces and avoiding groups. We encourage all students to please stay home and stay healthy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Students who are already in the U.S. must begin their studies at Tacoma Community College and meet immigration requirements. Please work with the International Admissions and Advising teams to register and enroll in your classes.
New students who are in their home country should remain there and begin their courses at Tacoma Community College online.
Students also have the option to defer their studies (at no cost to you) to a future term (i.e. Fall 2020, Winter 2021).
To defer your studies, complete the following form: https://tccinternational.wufoo.com/forms/spda5om10rbtzs/
To enroll in classes, please contact Katie Van Wyk for next steps.
New International Student Orientation will be offered online through TCCs eLearning software, Canvas. Contact Katie Van Wyk if you have not been added by the start of the online orientation program (June 8 for Summer 2020).
Yes. If you are interested in taking courses at Tacoma Community College, but do not have a visa, please contact Katie Van Wyk.
In the U.S.? Yes, you are still required to meet the 12 credits and 2.0 GPA requirement.
Outside the U.S.? No, you do not have to meet the 12 credit requirement. You can take however many classes you feel comfortable taking.
Please request an electronic travel signature using the following link: https://tccinternational.wufoo.com/forms/k1jwiu9j18cn829/
Students can enroll in classes through Canvas as they normally would. Please keep in mind that course times will no longer be utilized, and students will not be required to live stream their class during those times.
Due to the recent situation with the COVID-19, the college has decided to offer full online modality. Therefore it is federally approved by immigration for international students to take their full courseload online during spring quarter.
Even though classes will be offered online for spring and summer quarter, the rules will be the same for high credit and low credit. Contact your advisor to request high or low credit.
Maybe. Classes will be offered fully online with the exception of labs. If you intend to take a science course with a lab, please work with your International Advisor to determine if you need to be physically present in Tacoma.
All online courses will be asynchronous (which means the learning does not occur in the same place or at the same time). Live streaming will not be a requirement.
If you are graduating spring quarter (congratulations!), please work with your advisor, Penda or Ashley, to apply for graduation and ensure all TCC requirements are completed. You will need to send your acceptance letter to your advisor, so they can assist in transferring your I-20.
At this time, the college is still determining how/if the graduation ceremony will take place. Please watch the COVID-19 webpage for updates: https://tacomacc.edu/coronavirus.html
- Yes, you can! Keep in mind, however, that it will likely be challenging to find a job (based on your major) due to COVID-19 outbreak.
- Any student who is feeling ill should utilize the Firebird medical insurance and contact a healthcare professional immediately. Firebird is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students can reach Firebird insurance at 206-909-8550 or at their website: https://www.fiig-insurance.com/
WHO IS ELIGIBLE for the coverage?
- An international student, scholar, visiting faculty or other person with a current passport or non-immigrant visa (valid F, J, M or B) temporarily located outside His Home Country as a non-resident alien, engaged in educational or cultural activities of the educational institution.
- One medical reduced-course load term per policy year, at the request of a treating physician and approved by the participating institution.
- One approved vacation term per policy year (up to 90 days per 12 months of coverage if they return to their home country, under the Home Country benefit), providing the required premium has been paid.
- A student who has completed their program may continue the coverage for up to 60 days, providing they are in the U.S. awaiting to return home and have paid the necessary premium.
- All practical training students (OPT/CPT) that have had continuous coverage prior to applying for OPT/CPT, is on the school’s I-20 and coverage remains continuous during their OPT/CPT period with no gaps in coverage. If there are any gaps in coverage during their OPT/CPT period, eligibility for coverage will terminate.
WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE for the coverage?
- A student who has been approved for permanent residency in the U.S.
- A student who departs the U.S. and has NOT been approved for a vacation term, such as a Leave of Absence (not to be construed as a reduced-course load term) if required to depart the U.S.
- A student applying for additional medical reduced-course load terms after the initial allotted term, within the same policy year.
- A student taking online courses from their home country and is NOT on an approved vacation term. – Due to current circumstances, we understand that SEVIS has allowed students to do this, whether as a partial quarter or for the full quarter. Should your students opt to pay for the premium to avoid gaps in coverage, they must acknowledge their understanding (preferably in writing so you have record) that they DO NOT have benefits/coverage in their home countries during this time. Also, if a student has returned home to take classes online for the spring term and chooses to stay for the summer term as well, even if they are eligible for a vacation term, will NOT be eligible to continue coverage as they are already OUTSIDE of the U.S.
PLEASE NOTE: *A STUDENT’S ELIGIBILITY FOR COVERAGE IS RE-ESTABLISHED UPON THEIR RETURN TO THE U.S. AFTER THEY HAVE LEFT AND THEY RE-ENROLL WITH THE SCHOOL (and were not on an approved vacation term and premium was not paid) AND ARE SUBJECT TO ALL PROVISIONS UNDER THE POLICY, INCLUDING ANY PRE-EXISTING CONDITION WAITING PERIODS. They must acknowledge any gaps in coverage and that they will be establishing a new effective date of coverage.
While classes are being offered online, campus is considered in-session and this is not an official break time. Students who want to maintain their homestay placement will be asked to pay the monthly homestay fee accordingly. No vacation prorated fees will be offered during the spring quarter dates.
Yes, tuition will cost the same. The one exception is with regards to fees. If the course was to be offered online originally, there is an eLearning fee of $6 that will be assesed.
Students can pay their bill online through ctcLink.
Returning Students: Friday, June 5th
New Students: Thursday, July 9th
The decision made around offering online classes is to allow you continue your education and get to graduate on time. If you chose to go home, please understand that there will be some risk on not being able to return to U.S. Many countries are implementing travel restrictions and this is a rapidly developing situation with lots of uncertainty. TCC strongly recommends that you do not travel during this time. Please DO NOT leave without consulting us.
As this is a fluid situation, we also urge you to regularly monitor the official sources of information we have provided you including the CDC, U.S. Department of State and the World Health Organization: