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 2019 Check-In Location/Details

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

The Fall 2019 check-in period runs from July 10 through August 8, 2019. 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 8, 2019.


Office of International Student Services  (OISS)
3200 Main St. (1st Floor of the Parking Garage)
Houston TX 77002

Parking: Parking is available in the Rosalie Lot (corner of Travis St. and Rosalie St., behind the HCC Administration Building).


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.

Again, OISS does NOT MAKE COPIES, please prepare copies of the required documents.


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Fall 2019 Check-in Schedule

Date Time Location 
July 10 10 a.m. 1 p.m.  OISS (3200-C Main St.)
July 12 10 a.m. 1 p.m. OISS (3200-C Main St.)
July 16 10 a.m. 1 p.m. OISS (3200-C Main St.)
July 18 10 a.m. 1 p.m. OISS (3200-C Main St.)
July 24 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. OISS (3200-C Main St.) 
July 26 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. OISS (3200-C Main St.) 
July 30 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. OISS (3200-C Main St.)  
Agust 1 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. OISS (3200-C Main St.)  
August 6 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. OISS (3200-C Main St.)
August 7 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. OISS (3200-C Main St.)
August 8 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. OISS (3200-C 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.

Mandatory International Student Orientation

Fall 2019

International Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming New, Change-of-Status, Transfer and Reinstatement international F-1 students for the Fall 2019 semester. 

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

  • Meeting and Making New Friends
  • Cultural Adjustment
  • Academic requirements
  • Maintaining Your F-1 Status
  • College Transfer Opportunity
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Safety and Security
  • Obtaining your Driver's License
  • Using public transportation
  • Campus and Student Life
  • Campus Tour


August 8 and 9, 2019 (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Mandatory Check-in starts at 9:30 am! 

Students MUST be on time for the check-in. 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. Students must be present for the entire Orientation on BOTH days.


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 and Holman Street)
  • Parking Garage (Corner of La Branch Street and Winbern Street)


Registration Process

Check your email account for an email from sent to you on 7/18/2019 or later and follow the instructions. The subject of the email is Fall 2019 International Student Orientation.

Other Considerations

  • No Children, please. You are expected to treat orientation as if it is a class. 
  • Attendance is mandatory. Please email or call 713-718-8521 for any questions.