International Check-in and Orientation

International Student Check-In and Orientation

INTERNATIONAL ORIENTATION: Mandatory for NEW, TRANSFER, CHANGE-of-STATUS and REINSTATEMENT students (see below for details)

INTERNATIONAL CHECK-IN: Mandatory for NEW, CHANGE-of-STATUS, TRAVEL REINSTATEMENT students (see below for details)                  

*Transfer Students do not need to go through the check-in process.

New International Student Check-In Schedule

Fall 2018 Check-In Location/Details

When you enter the United States, you will need to report to the Office of International Student Services & Study Abroad (OISS&SA) for the mandatory New Student Check-in. Please see the schedule below for the available dates and times. It is important that you attend on one of the designated days.

The Fall 2018 check-in period runs from July 11, 2018 through August 9, 2018. There are multiple days scheduled for the new student check-in; please come to only one. Please do not wait until the last day! Classes fill up quickly. You must report to our office no later than August 9, 2018.



Office of International Student Services & Study Abroad (OISS&SA)
3200 Main St. (street level of the parking garage)
Houston TX 77002

Parking: Parking is available ONLY in the Rosalie Lot (corner of Travis St. and Rosalie St., behind the HCC Administration Building at 3100 Main St.). Please DO NOT PARK in the garage. Parking in the garage could result in ticketing or towing.




When reporting for check-in, please bring COPIES the following:

  1. Completed International Student Check-In Form
  2. SEVIS Form I-20 (original and a copy)
  3. Passport photo page and Visa
  4. I-94 - you can print your Most Recent I-94 at  If you receive an error that your I-94 was "Not Found", follow the directions in this document to request a correction to your I-94 record: I-94 Correction Instructions
  5. Receipt of online payment or check or money order for the $50.00 orientation fee – you can pay this with a credit card online through the PeopleSoft / Student Account sign-in or in person at any campus cashier’s office. You may also bring a check or money order with you to the OISS&SA check-in.


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Fall 2018 Check-in Schedule

Date Time Location 
July 11 10 a.m. 1 p.m.  OISS&SA (3200 Main St.)
July 13 10 a.m. 1 p.m. OISS&SA (3200 Main St.)
July 17 10 a.m. 1 p.m. OISS&SA (3200 Main St.)
July 19 10 a.m. 1 p.m. OISS&SA (3200 Main St.)
July 25 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. OISS&SA (3200 Main St.) 
July 27 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. OISS&SA (3200 Main St.) 
July 31 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. OISS&SA (3200 Main St.) 
August 2 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. OISS&SA (3200 Main St.) 
August 7 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. OISS&SA (3200 Main St.) 
August 8 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. OISS&SA (3200 Main St.) 
August 9 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. OISS&SA (3200 Main St.) 

* Please Note: If you are Transfer student, you do not need to check in. However, you must still attend the Mandatory New Student Orientation.

Late-Arrival International Student Orientation

Fall 2018

New Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming New, Change-of-Status, Transfer and Reinstatement international students for the Fall 2018 semester. You are required to attend the entire orientation.

If you do not attend the entire orientation, a hold will be put on your student account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes.

Topics to be covered

  • Maintaining your F-1 Visa Status
  • Obtaining your Driver’s License
  • Employment
  • Cultural Adjustment
  • Safety and Security
  • Immigration Laws
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Tax Information
  • Social Security
  • Academic Requirements
  • Questions and Answers


August 23, 2018 (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

*Students MUST be on time for the start of orientation at 10 a.m. Those who arrive late are at risk of not being allowed to attend
*You are expected to treat orientation as if it is a class.


HCC Central Campus (1300 Holman Street, Houston 77004)
San Jacinto Building, Auditorium

Available Parking

  • Student Lot 13 (Corner of San Jacinto Street and Alabama Street)
  • Student Lot 3 (Corner of San Jacinto Street and Holman Street)
  • Student Lot 9 (Corner of Crawford Street and Holman Street)
  • Parking Garage (Corner of La Branch Street and Winbern Street)

Other Considerations

  • No Children please. If you cannot find someone to watch your children during the orientation time, please contact Ronnie Turner at to discuss alternative options.
  • Attendance is mandatory. Please contact Ronnie Turner at or 713-718-8454 for any questions.