The following forms and documents must be provided if you are seeking admission to Tidewater Community College pursuant to F-1 status and the form I-20. All forms and documents must be sent to the International Student Services Office at the Virginia Beach Campus for review of admissibility. If your application and accompanying documents are accepted for international admission, an I-20 will be issued for your chosen academic program.
Please read the requirements listed below very carefully.
TCC Student Center - Norfolk campus
International Student Services Office Mailing Address
Tidewater Community College
Virginia Beach Campus
D-Kempsville Building, Room D-126
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA, 23453
Mail the following documents with a copy of the identification page of your passport ONLY to the International Student Services Office at the Virginia Beach Campus.
Admission Deadlines Apply.
F1 applicants must provide official evidence that sufficient funds are available to cover all educational and living expenses while studying at TCC. The total financial support must meet or exceed TCC’s estimated costs identified below.All submitted financial documents must be ORIGINAL (no faxes, copies, or scans will be accepted), consist of liquid assets that are available in non-retirement or non-restricted funds, be no more than 6 months old at the time of the student’s application, and must be in English and U.S. Dollars. If more than one sponsor will contribute to your study and living expense at TCC, each sponsor must indicate the specific dollar amount of support that will be available to you and complete an Affidavit of Support/Bank Verification form.
Please ensure the following:
If your sponsor's bank will not complete this section, you may submit a separate, official bank letter in English and U.S. dollars. Bank letters must contain the sponsor's name, account number, and the same information as is requested in the Bank Verification section on page 5 of the I-20 Application. Generic bank letters are not accepted.
Program of Study (page 5 of the I-20 Application)
TCC is authorized by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program to admit F-1 students and issue the form I-20 ONLY for the academic programs listed on page 4 of the I-20 Application and Financial Affidavit/Bank Verification. Select only (1) academic program from the list on page 5 of this form.
3. DEMONSTRATION OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
If English is not your first/native language, you must demonstrate English proficiency that meets the admission requirements of all applicants to the college pursuant to an I-20 and F1 status.
English proficiency may be demonstrated in the following ways:
Your international admission to TCC cannot be completed until you have demonstrated the English proficiency required of F1 applicants. (*English proficiency requirements are subject to change without notice) Regardless of your English proficiency, you will take a placement test upon arrival to the college unless you have completed Freshman Composition at an accredited U.S. college or university.
4. HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR SECONDARY STUDIES FINAL
DIPLOMA / CERTIFICATE
F-1 applicants must be 18 years of age and provide a COPY of the document that indicates completion of secondary studies, i.e., high school diploma or secondary studies final certificate. Academic credentials submitted to TCC must be accompanied by an English translation. F-1 applicants who have NOT completed secondary studies will not be accepted.
All F-1 students and their dependents are required to provide proof of continuous health insurance coverage for each semester, including summer, by the last day of the first week of classes. Proof of international student health insurance that meets the minimum standards set by the ISS Office is mandatory. Students who fail to provide evidence of continuous health insurance for the entire semester, and summer, will be blocked from college transactions.
* The International Student Services Office no longer accepts health coverage from the International Student Organization (ISO). Brochures for companies that meet the ISS requirements are available at the International Student Services Office.
Once your admission to TCC is complete and an I-20 has been issued, you must pay a non-refundable SEVIS I-901 fee at least 3 days BEFORE your scheduled interview at the U.S. embassy.
For information on paying the SEVIS I-901 fee, visit the ICE website at:
TCC does not evaluate foreign transcripts for transfer credit.
Please do not send your academic transcript evaluations to the ISS Office. If you have coursework from an overseas college or university for which you would like to try to receive transfer credit, click the link below for information on private academic credentialing agencies that are approved by TCC:
This school is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.
F-1 visa students at Tidewater Community College may only enroll in classes required for the course of study listed on the form I-20 that are located at TCC’s four comprehensive campuses (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach) and the Visual Arts Center. (Please note: students may continue to enroll in one 3 credit online course per semester to count towards full-time enrollment.) Enrollment in classes at any off-campus location is not permitted, and is considered to be a violation of status. There is no exception to this policy.
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