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 completed orientation, tested (if applicable), 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 2023 June 1, 2023 July 1, 2023 August 7, 2023 Online only August 21, 2023
Spring  2024 October 15, 2023 November 1, 2023 January 3, 2024 Online only January 8, 2024
Summer 2024 March 15, 2024 April 15, 2024 May 6, 2024  TBD May 13, 2024

Spring 2024 New Student Orientation

The International Student Orientation for the Spring 2024 term will be offered online. A CIE academic advisor will contact admitted students via email.

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.