Admissions for International Students

Application for International Students

The Office of International Service and Programs (ISP) has moved operations online and we remain open remotely to continue providing essential services and information to F-1 students, even if the physical office has closed temporarily. HCC is offering hybrid/face-to-face options through FlexCampus and Lab-based courses that meet the requirements of the new SEVP rule and ensure our international students can start and continue their coursework at HCC without disruption. 

Students planning to attend HCC on F-1 status must submit/upload a complete application to the Office of International Services & Programs (ISP) by the application deadlines (incomplete applications will NOT be accepted for processing).

Note: If you are an international student planning to attend HCC on a status different than F-1 (DACA, refugee, L visa, H visa, etc.), please visit First Time in College and follow the instructions. If you are an F-1 student applicant, please proceed to the steps below.

 

What type of F-1 International Student am I? (Click on links below for steps on how to complete each application) 

New International Student: I live outside the U.S. and want to attend HCC on an F-1 visa.

Transfer International Student: I am an F-1 student in the U.S., and I want to transfer to HCC. 

Change of Status Student:  I am in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa and wish to change my status to F-1.

Defer Attendance Student: I have already applied to HCC but need to change my start date/semester.

Concurrent Student: An F-1 student from another U.S. school who is permitted to take a few classes at HCC.

Readmission for Discontinued F-1 Students: F-1 students with HCC IDs, who have not enrolled at HCC for the last three consecutive semesters (fall, spring, summer), will see a message "Reapply for Admission" on their To Do list  with a Verification code and a link to applytexas.com. The readmission will not complete the F1 application process. You still need to complete and save the SEVIS Form I-20 Application‌ as a PDF file. Send it as an attachment to oiss.international@hccs.edu. Write your HCC ID number and your F1 classification (NEW, TRANSFER, COS or CONCURRENT) in the subject line.

 

Students under 18 years of age: An F-1 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. Accepted Evaluation agencies.

Students planning to attend HCC on F-1 status must submit/upload a complete application to the Office of International Services & Programs (ISP) by the application deadlines (incomplete applications will NOT be accepted for processing).

Note: If you are an international student planning to attend HCC on a status different than F-1 (DACA, refugee, L visa, H visa, etc.), please visit  and follow the instructions. If you are an F-1 student applicant, please proceed to the steps below.

Using an Agency

IMPORTANT: Students do not need to secure a third-party agency to gain admission to HCC. HCC staff is available at no cost to students to assist with the admissions and registration process. If a student chooses to utilize the services of a third-party agency, the student should be aware that they assume full responsibility for all actions conducted by the third-party agent acting on the student’s behalf. Although rare, there have been incidents of third-party agencies submitting fraudulent admissions documentation on behalf of a student. If fraudulent activity is committed by an agency representative acting on behalf of a student, the student is fully responsible and may be subject to disciplinary action. Given that third-party agencies often require personally identifiable information from students to act on their behalf, it is also possible for an agent to gain access to a student’s online student account and make changes without the student’s consent.