Return to accessibility navigation at the top of the page. Image of international flags

Questions & Answers

Listed below is information that many of our new students have found helpful.  

Click on any of the categories find answers to questions about international study.

Have additional questions?  Please contact us - we can help!

    

If you're using a screen reader or other assistive technology use this link to skip past the interactive piece to access the content below it.

  • Applying to PCC

    What is needed to apply to Pima Community College?

    Find forms and information on international applications at Admissions.

    What is the application deadline?

    • Fall semester - June 1
    • Spring semester - October 1
    • Summer semester - April 1

    All required documentation and fees are due by the above deadlines. For students who are overseas, please apply one month earlier than the dates listed to allow time for visa appointments at the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate. Pima does not guarantee the processing of applications received after these deadlines.

    What score do I need on the TOEFL?

    An official TOEFL score of 61 (internet-based), 173 (computer-based) or 500 (paper-based) is required for an academic program. The test is not required for study of English as a Second Language.

    What is an Affidavit of Support?

    An Affidavit of Support is a legal document that shows that you have enough available funds while you are attending Pima. The support can come from a combination of your and a sponsor's financial resources. It is required to attend Pima.

  • F-1 visa / I-20 questions

    What is an F-1 visa and how can I get one?

    The F-1 is a student visa issued by the United States consulate or embassy in your country.

    1. Apply to attend Pima or any other U.S. college or university.
    2. If accepted, you will receive an I-20 form and a letter of acceptance.
    3. Schedule an interview at a U.S. consulate or embassy to apply for the visa.

    How long will it take to get an I-20?

    It depends on your admission to Pima. You must meet all international admissions requirements before we process your I-20. Make sure you submit your completed documents on time. We issue I-20 and acceptance packets promptly.

    How many credits do I need to maintain my full-time F-1 student status?

    You must register and successfully complete at least 12 credits during each of the fall and spring semesters. If you arrive on a summer I-20, you must also register full-time (12 credits) in the summer semester. You must also maintain a grade point average of 2.00.

  • Cost to attend PCC / Scholarships

    How much does it cost to go to Pima?

    The current Affidavit of Support provides detailed cost estimates and is updated annually. Applicants to Pima for Academic study must submit an Affidavit of Support proving they have financial support for one academic year.

    Do I have to purchase health insurance through Pima?

    All Pima International students must have health insurance. This requirement is automatically met upon the student registering for courses. LewerMark Student Medical Insurance is our provider.

    Does Pima offer scholarships or financial aid?

    International students cannot get financial aid provided by the U.S. government.

    Try finding other scholarship sources on the Internet.  Some websites that provide information about financial assistance for international study are listed below:

    • eduPASS 
      [www.edupass.org]
      Information for international students thinking about pursuing study in the USA
    • International Scholarship Search
      [www.InternationalScholarships.com]
      Financial aid, college scholarship and international scholarship resource
    • IEFA
      [www.IEFA.org]
      International student scholarship and loan information
    • International Student: Scholarships
      [www.internationalstudent.com/scholarships/]
      Online study abroad and international student scholarship search
    • International Student Loan
      [www.InternationalStudentLoan.com]
      Help finding student loans to fund your international education

     

  • Housing

    Does Pima have dormitories or on-campus housing?

    No. Pima Community College does not have dormitories or student housing. Here are some suggestions to locate housing:

    Contact the International Student Office for additional suggestions about housing in Tucson.

Applying to PCC

What is needed to apply to Pima Community College?

Find forms and information on international applications at Admissions.

What is the application deadline?

  • Fall semester - June 1
  • Spring semester - October 1
  • Summer semester - April 1

All required documentation and fees are due by the above deadlines. For students who are overseas, please apply one month earlier than the dates listed to allow time for visa appointments at the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate. Pima does not guarantee the processing of applications received after these deadlines.

What score do I need on the TOEFL?

An official TOEFL score of 61 (internet-based), 173 (computer-based) or 500 (paper-based) is required for an academic program. The test is not required for study of English as a Second Language.

What is an Affidavit of Support?

An Affidavit of Support is a legal document that shows that you have enough available funds while you are attending Pima. The support can come from a combination of your and a sponsor's financial resources. It is required to attend Pima.

F-1 visa / I-20 questions

What is an F-1 visa and how can I get one?

The F-1 is a student visa issued by the United States consulate or embassy in your country.

  1. Apply to attend Pima or any other U.S. college or university.
  2. If accepted, you will receive an I-20 form and a letter of acceptance.
  3. Schedule an interview at a U.S. consulate or embassy to apply for the visa.

How long will it take to get an I-20?

It depends on your admission to Pima. You must meet all international admissions requirements before we process your I-20. Make sure you submit your completed documents on time. We issue I-20 and acceptance packets promptly.

How many credits do I need to maintain my full-time F-1 student status?

You must register and successfully complete at least 12 credits during each of the fall and spring semesters. If you arrive on a summer I-20, you must also register full-time (12 credits) in the summer semester. You must also maintain a grade point average of 2.00.

Cost to attend PCC / Scholarships

How much does it cost to go to Pima?

The current Affidavit of Support provides detailed cost estimates and is updated annually. Applicants to Pima for Academic study must submit an Affidavit of Support proving they have financial support for one academic year.

Do I have to purchase health insurance through Pima?

All Pima International students must have health insurance. This requirement is automatically met upon the student registering for courses. LewerMark Student Medical Insurance is our provider.

Does Pima offer scholarships or financial aid?

International students cannot get financial aid provided by the U.S. government.

Try finding other scholarship sources on the Internet.  Some websites that provide information about financial assistance for international study are listed below:

  • eduPASS 
    [www.edupass.org]
    Information for international students thinking about pursuing study in the USA
  • International Scholarship Search
    [www.InternationalScholarships.com]
    Financial aid, college scholarship and international scholarship resource
  • IEFA
    [www.IEFA.org]
    International student scholarship and loan information
  • International Student: Scholarships
    [www.internationalstudent.com/scholarships/]
    Online study abroad and international student scholarship search
  • International Student Loan
    [www.InternationalStudentLoan.com]
    Help finding student loans to fund your international education

 

Housing

Does Pima have dormitories or on-campus housing?

No. Pima Community College does not have dormitories or student housing. Here are some suggestions to locate housing:

Contact the International Student Office for additional suggestions about housing in Tucson.