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.

Visit the F-1 Services and Forms page or the guidelines to all other procedures such as on-campus employment, extend I-20, etc.

Visit the International Student Admission page and scroll down for steps on how to apply if you are:

  • New International Student: A new student living outside of the United States.
  • Tranfer International Student: An F-1 international student wishing to transfer to HCC from another U.S. institution.
  • Change of Status Student: A student currently in the U.S. on a different visa, and wish to change to F-1 and study at HCC
  • Defer Attendance: You are a new student living outside of the U.S. and you have already applied with HCC but you need to push back your start date to a following semester.
  • Concurrent Student: An F-1 student currently attending another U.S. institution with permission from your DSO to take some classes at HCC.

 Note: An international student under the age of 18 who wishes to gain admission to HCC must provide documentation to prove that he/she has achieved the equivalency of a U.S. high school diploma in his/her country by submitting a transcript evaluation along with their application to OISS&SA. Evaluation agencies.

Student deadlines

New student deadlines

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

  • Fall Semester: July 1
  • Spring Semester: November 18
  • Summer Semester: April 1

Transfer student deadlines

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

  • Fall Semester: July 15
  • Spring Semester: December 6**
  • Summer Semester: May 1


**Note: the OISS&SA will continue to accept spring transfer students until January 16, 2015 on a case by case basis and if the following requirements are met.

  • Student must submit complete tranfer application
  • Student must be enrolled full time (12 SCH) and tuition has been paid



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.


Ebola Outbreak and Risks to Travelers

Oct 1, 2014

HCC and Office of International Students Services reminds students traveling of a potential health concern.


23 Apr
District Auditorium
Culture Bumps: The Key to Diverse Communication

HCC students, faculty and staff are invited to this training session on international multicultural understanding and communication.


21 Apr
Southeast College
Southeast Campus Room 219 and Lobby
HCC International Student Advisor/ DSO on campus at Southeast

The International Student Advisor/ Designated School Official reports to the campus once a month to assist with international student inquiries.