New International Student Orientation

Who attends?

New international students must report to the Center for International Education (CIE) and attend 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 to 3 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 2019 March 15 April 15 May 6, 2019 April 12, 2019
May 8, 2019
May 13, 2019
Fall 2019 June 15 July 15 August 6, 2019 June 7, 2019
July 12, 2019
August 7, 2019
August 19, 2019
Spring 2020 November 15 December 1 TBD   TBD

All new initial and transfer students must attend one of the following available sessions:

Summer 2019 term: 

(Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m.)
April 12, 2019 at 10:00 am
May 8, 2019 at 10:00 am

Fall 2019 term:

(Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m.)
June 7, 2019 at 10:00 am
July 12, 2019 at 10:00 am
August 7, 2019 at 10:00 am

Location/Time: CIE, Dale Mabry Campus, Social Sciences Building (DSSC), Room #322.  A detailed agenda for the Fall 2019 New Student Orientation will be available soon.

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, the HCC Catalog, Advising Guides, HawkNet, etc.
  • Register for classes, and get to know the Dale Mabry Campus and facilities.
  • Meet current and new F-1 students and make new friends!

Location: Report to the Center for International Education, Dale Mabry Campus, Social Sciences Building (DSSC), Room 322.  

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