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Apply as a First-Time-In-College Student

You are a first-time international student if you're a non-U.S. citizen who lives outside the U.S. and who has not attended any U.S. colleges or universities.

What are the deadlines to apply to TCC?

Use the following deadlines if you're applying from outside of the United States.

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: April 15

If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be extended to the next business day.

How do I apply to TCC?

Currently, there are no application fees to apply to TCC. If you would like to appoint someone to act on your behalf during the admissions process, fill out our proxy release form (PDF)Listen and submit it with your application packet.

You must submit all documents by the deadline. No late submissions will be accepted. No fax or previously made photocopies will be accepted.

All documents become the property of TCC. Please make copies to keep for your personal records before sending documents to TCC.

Submitting a completed packet does not guarantee admission to the College.

Steps to Apply to TCC

  1. Complete the following documents.
    • International Student Application (PDF) Listen(Chrome and Edge are the preferred browsers.)
      • You must submit this application. You cannot apply online through ApplyTCC or ApplyTexas.
      • For an accessible copy of the application, contact International Admissions at
    • Transcript Evaluation Report
    • Passing language proficiency scores
      • TOEFL:
        • Internet-based (71)
        • Computer-based (193)
        • Paper-based (525)
      • IELTS score (Academic):
        • Overall Band Score (5.5)
    • Financial documents
      These must be original, completely filled out and cannot be over 6 months old. Accounts must have a minimum balance of $28,265 U.S. dollars for a 9-month study, and $30,452 U.S. dollars for a 12-month study.
    • Evidence of Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination (if new to TCC,  under 22 years old, and taking face-to-face courses). Vaccinations are valid for 5 years. Learn more about meningitis vaccinations requirements.
  2. Review our admissions checklist (PDF)Listen to make sure you have everything completed.
  3. Submit your completed documents to the International Admissions Office or any campus Admissions and Registrar Office.

Which transcript evaluation reports do I need to submit?

If you are a:

Secondary school or high school graduate from outside the U.S. who has not attended a college/university inside or outside of the U.S.

  • You must submit a general evaluation of your foreign high school transcript.

High school graduate from outside the U.S. who also attended college/university outside the U.S.

  • You must submit a general evaluation of your foreign high school diploma/transcript
  • Optional: A course-by-course or detailed evaluation of your foreign college/university coursework

How can I have my foreign transcript evaluated?

Visit either of the following options for a TCC-approved evaluation agency:

Admission Decision Notifications

Applicants will receive an email notification regarding TCC's admission decision by the following date. If a date falls on a weekend or holiday, it will be extended to the next business day.

  • Summer: April 30
  • Fall: July 30
  • Spring: November 30

What do I do next?

If you're offered admission to TCC, we will email you options on how to receive your original I-20 form and your acceptance letter. To receive your I-20 form, you can:

  • Pick up the documents from our office
  • Have a friend, family member or proxy pick up the documents from our office on your behalf and mail them to you. Fill out the Proxy Release formListen (PDF will open in a new window).
  • Request that we mail the letter and form to an address within the U.S.
  • Request that we mail the letter and form to an address outside the U.S.
    • We do not offer international delivery services. If you have no friends or family near TCC to pick up your documents for you, eShipGlobal can send them around the world. Sign up and place your order through the eShipGlobal website.

After you're received your I-20 form, you will use this to apply for an F1 visa. Find out how to apply for F1 status.

What do I do when I arrive in the U.S.?

You must be in the Dallas/Fort Worth area 3 weeks prior to the first day of classes. You must complete the following before you will be allowed to register for classes:

  • Submit original I-94, passport, and visa (The International Admissions Office will make copies and return the originals to you).
  • Take the TSI Assessment: Passing Reading and Writing scores are required.
    • There is a $29 non-refundable fee for the TSI Assessment exam.
  • Submit a degree plan for the major you are pursuing at TCC. You will obtain this during your visit with an academic advisor.
  • Set up your myTCC student email address. myTCC is the official TCC email system you will use while you are a student. Instructions on setting up your myTCC account will be sent to your personal email.

Once you have submitted these items, learn about studying at TCC and how to register for classes.

Have more questions?

Contact International Admissions

Updated January 20, 2021