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!

All incoming international students will have a hold placed on their records. This means that you cannot register until you have checked in, 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
Summer 2020 March 15 April 15 May 11 May 12 May 18
(Online only)
Fall 2020 June 15 July 15 August 3 June 19
July 17
August 5
August 17
Spring 2021 November 1 November 15 January 4 Virtual Orientation January 11

Spring 2021 New Student Orientation

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis, the International Student Orientation for the Spring 2021 term will be held virtually in November. A CIE academic advisor will contact admitted students via email with instructions. 

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!

Documents to bring for Check-In and Orientation

  • Present originals of the student’s passport, visa, and HCC I-20.
  • If applicable, final, official secondary school transcripts and Financial Guarantees/scholarship documents, if not provided earlier.
  • Provide proof of health insurance valid for the semester or one year, if not provided earlier.