New International Student Orientation

Who attends?

New international students (initial and transfer students) must report to the Center for International Education (CIE) and complete the New International Student Orientation. Orientation is a mandatory event and may be offered virtually and/or in-person!

All incoming international students will have a hold placed on their records. This means that you cannot register until you have checked in, tested (if applicable), attended orientation and provided proof of health insurance.

Initial F-1 visa students may report to the College up to 30 days prior to the program start date listed on their HCC I-20. All new initial and transfer students are encouraged to arrive in Tampa up to 2 weeks prior to the report date to take the required academic assessment tests, attend new student orientation and register for classes. 

Important Dates

Term Initial F-1 Students
Application Deadline
Transfer F-1 Students
Application Deadline 
I-20 Start Date Orientation Classes Begin
Fall 2022 June 15, 2022 July 15, 2022 August 1, 2022 August 2, 2022, 10:00 am EST August 15, 2022
Spring  2023 November 1, 2022 November 15, 2022 January 3, 2023 Virtual (Date TBD) January 9, 2023
Summer 2023 March 15, 2023 April 15, 2023 May 2022  TBD May 15, 2023

Spring 2023 New Student Orientation

The International Student Orientation for the Spring 2023 term will be held virtually. A CIE academic advisor will contact admitted students via email once information regarding the format and dates become available. 

What can you expect at Orientation?

  • Get to know the staff at the Center for International Education.
  • Understand academic and graduation requirements.
  • Learn about F-1 student visa benefits and regulations.
  • Find out important information and resources, such as navigating the website, the HCC catalog, advising guides, HawkNet and more.
  • Register for classes, and learn more about the Dale Mabry Campus and facilities.
  • Meet current and new F-1 students and make new friends!