F-1 Admission Requirements

The application procedures on this page are for international students (transfer and initial) who plan to study at HCC in F-1 student visa status.

Permanent residents and international students in other visa categories should contact the Office of Admissions, Registration, and Records at the campus they plan to attend for assistance in enrolling at HCC.

F-2 visa holders: An F-2 dependent (spouse or minor child) of an F-1 student in the United States may study part-time in any certified program at a SEVP-certified school at the postsecondary level, as long as it does not amount to what regulations define as full-time for an F-1 student. 

Application Deadlines

Term Applicants Outside the U.S.
(Initial/New F-1 Students)
Applicants in the U.S.
(Transfer Students)
Spring 2024 October 15, 2023 November 1, 2023
Summer 2024 March 15, 2024 April 15, 2024
Fall 2024 June 1, 2024 July 1, 2024

Admission Requirements

After Your Application Is Received

Once your application is complete, your file will be reviewed. Please be careful in submitting all appropriate documents, as incomplete or improperly completed items will result in a delay in processing your application.

Initial F-1 students who are accepted to HCC will be sent an official Arrival Guide with an Acceptance Letter and Form I-20. You will use this I-20 to apply for your F-1 student visa at your local United States Embassy or Consulate. The Arrival Guide will provide you with detailed information regarding next steps on your way to enrollment at HCC.

Transferring F-1 students will receive an official Arrival Guide with the HCC Acceptance Letter which they can submit to their current schools to arrange for the release of their SEVIS record to HCC. 

Conditional Admission to USF

HCC's university transfer agreement with the University of South Florida (USF) provides Conditional Admission to USF! When you apply for admission to one of HCC's Associate in Arts transfer programs, you can choose to receive a conditional admission letter from USF. Just select the option that you would like to receive the letter when you complete our online International Student Application! When you apply for your F-1 student visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country, you can present this letter along with your admissions letter from HCC.


Contact Us:
Center for International Education 
4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd., DSSC #322
Tampa, FL 33614, USA

Ph: +1.813.253.7009
Fx: +1.813.253.7070

Email: international@hccfl.edu

Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.