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The Houston Community College Office of International Student Services & Study Abroad (OISS&SA) provides information and programs to F-1 international students about the campuses and community and provides support and assistance concerning F-1 visas and related F-1 immigration issues.

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Our Mission

The Office of International Students Services & Study Abroad (OISS&SA) will provide exemplary services for international students that include enrollment, registration, orientation, counseling, aid with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rules and regulations, and other social integration needs. OISS&SA is committed to assisting international students and other non-immigrants as it relates to their student and immigrant status at HCC. OISS&SA is a reliable, knowledgeable and professional resource for international students engaged in learning and skill development.

Application deadlines

Transfer student deadlines


The OISS&SA must receive your application on or before:

  • Fall Semester: July 31
  • Spring Semester: December 6
  • Summer Semester: May 1

**Note: the OISS&SA will only accept complete transfer packets - all documents must be submitted together.

*** Applications must be received or postmarked by the above dates. Applications will not be accepted after the deadlines. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Tutorial



Houston Community College (HCC) does not have housing facilities. All HCC students live off-campus and must arrange their own housing options prior to enrollment. HCC does not recommend any particular housing option, but below are a few options available for students' consideration (please contact the vendor directly):



  • $200 Placement fee
  • $575 minimum per month (room only)
  • $750 minimum per month (room with continental breakfast and dinner)
  • $210 refundable room deposit

Contact Information

Ms. Barbara Land

Phone: 713-772-1732

Fax: 713-772-3390


Address: 8511 Hiawatha Drive

Houston, TX 77036

Note: Airport pick-up can be arranged. Please contact the service provider at


Hotels can provide students with short-term or, in some cases, long-term options for housing in the Houston area upon their immediate arrival in the U.S. 

One option is an extended-stay hotel, which is a serviced apartment complex that uses a booking system similar to hotels. The accommodations are similar to apartments, and there are no fixed contracts.

Another option is a conventional hotel, which students and their families can use upon their immediate arrival to the U.S. for a short term while they locate a permanent housing option.

1. Below is an extended-stay hotel that is offering a discounted rate for Houston Community College students:  

(Located within 13 miles of three HCC campuses, including Katy, Spring Branch and Alief-Hayes)


  • 1 - 6 nights ($69.99 nightly + tax)
  • Weekly ($309 + tax)
  • Call Hotel for Monthly Rates


121 Baker Road

Houston, TX 77094

Phone: 281-599-8872

Reservations: To reserve, call general manager Janice Todd-Jordan at 281-599-8872.

2. Below is a conventional hotel that is offering a discounted rate for Houston Community College students and their families:  

(Located within 10 miles of seven HCC campuses, including Central, West Loop, Gulfton, Coleman, South, Eastside and Southeast-Felix Fraga, and less than 5 miles from HCC's Office of International Student Services & Study Abroad)


  • $92.00 nightly + tax


1616 Main Street

Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-658-8888

Reservations: To reserve, visit the Holiday Inn Houston Downtown's booking website.


Apartments are another alternative for students seeking housing arrangements in the Houston area, and many reasonable options can easily be found. Students can rent apartments prior to arrival by contacting an apartment locator, such as those at the Houston Apartment Association, who can help them find an apartment within their price range. For more information, please contact the Houston Apartment Association at:

Phone: 713-595-0300

Fax: 281-582-1503


The information presented above on the HCC Office of International Student Services & Study Abroad's website is intended as a resource to assist students with locating housing and should in no way be construed as an official endorsement of the aforementioned vendors. HCC does not have an official business relationship with any of these vendors and is not to be held liable for their business practices. As such, students are solely responsible for business agreements entered into with any vendor, and HCC bears no responsibility for making sure these agreements are carried out.


The information on the Houston Community College (HCC) Office of International Student Services (OISS) website is intended only for current and prospective international students, faculty, and staff affiliated with HCC.  All matters relating to the immigration status of the student is the student’s responsibility, not the responsibility of HCC.  If a student has an immigration issue that requires legal advice, the student is encouraged to seek professional services from a qualified immigration attorney. Any information on OISS’s website is subject to change at any time and without notice and may not apply to individuals outside HCC. Nothing contained herein should be constructed as giving legal advice as contemplated under any statute, regulation, or other law.


HCC hosts International New Student Orientation event for Fall semester

Aug 12, 2016

The Houston Community College Office of International Student Services & Study Abroad recently welcomed students from all around the globe to Houston and HCC with an International Student Orientation event for the Fall semester.