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New F-1 visa student Admission

Tidewater Community College welcomes applications from international students applying to attend TCC from overseas or from within the United States in F-1 visa status. The International Student Services office provides support services for TCC's new and current F-1 visa students.  Currently, students from 37 different countries study at TCC. International Student Services provides admission assistance and immigration advising for all F-1 students at Tidewater Community College.

The F1 Admission Checklist contains all the forms and instructions required for admission to Tidewater Community College pursuant to an I-20, as well as application deadlines. Please read the checklist very carefully as incomplete or missing documents will delay the admission review process.

For information about ESL classes at TCC, please visit the English as Second Language webpage.


International Student Services Office Location and Mailing Address

Tidewater Community College

Virginia Beach Campus

D-Kempsville Building, Room D-126

1700 College Crescent

Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23453

Phone: 757-822-7342

Fax: 757-822-7544


International Student Advisor, Susan M. deVeer,



Students present in the United States on certain temporary visas may be denied admission or restricted to incidental study, defined as part-time study that is avocational or recreational and does not lead to a specific educational or professional objective. Students in restricted categories will be limited to one course each semester, with enrollment approved by TCC’s International Student Services office.

*When requesting F-1 benefits, please allow 3-5 business days for processing.


This school is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

F-1 visa students at Tidewater Community College may only enroll in classes required for the course of study listed on the form I-20 that are located at TCC’s four comprehensive campuses (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach) and the Visual Arts Center. (Please note: students may continue to enroll in one 3 credit online course per semester to count towards full-time enrollment.)  Enrollment in classes at any  off-campus location is not permitted, and is considered to be a violation of status. There is no exception to this policy.