Spring Quarter has Moved Online

TCC staff and faculty are here to help you remotely. Campus buildings are closed. 

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Newly Admitted Students

You're accepted!

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 registering for orientation!


Pre-Arrival Checklist

Apply for a Homestay family!

HOMESTAY Application

Have English proficiency?

If you have taken the Duolingo, IETLS, TOEFL or other English examination, please submit your score to the Admissions team. 

Submit English Score

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:

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Take the Math Placement!

Prior to arrival, you can take the math placement examination, so our advisors know which math course you are ready to take. 

Math Placement

"Books on Us" Scholarship

Eligibility: New International Student (Summer 2020)
Amount: $200 - $500 USD
Award: TCC Gift card to cover books/other new student needs
DUE: JUNE 1, 2020

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)

Request Airport Pick Up

TCC has the right to decline transportation if no address is provided or if we have not been notified of someone's arrival.

At your first point of entry into the United States, you will need to show the immigration officer:

  • Your I-20 form
  • Your passport with a valid F-1 student visa

Plan to arrive in time to attend New International Student Orientation (see dates below). If you arrive after Orientation, please bring your Passport, I-20 and Admission letter to the International Programs Front Desk for check-in.

International Student Orientation

All new international students are REQUIRED to participate in International Student Orientation. 

On the first day of orientation, please bring your:

  • Your passport
  • Your I-20 form
  • Your TCC Admission letter

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 current TCC international students, ask questions and gain a mentor. 

Summer 2020


Virtual New Student Orientation Begins Canvas

Virtual New Student Orientation Closes  

First Day of Summer Classes Online

Fall 2020


Arrival Days (Sept 13-14)Arrive to SEA-TAC International Airport

New International Student Orientation (Sept 15-16)Arrive 9AM, Building 11

New International Student ExcursionDowntown Seattle

When I arrived here, the mentors helped me make a lot of new friends from different countries and improve my communication skills.”

Senlin Luo, China

Frequently Asked Questions 



Any other questions?

International Programs
Tacoma Community College
Building 11, 2nd Floor
Phone/Fax: 253-566-5190
Facebook/Instagram: @tacomaccinternational
WeChat: TacomaCC塔科马