International students who are not in the United States must obtain the F-1 student visa to study in the U.S. This includes international students enrolling in an academic program at a university, college, seminary, conservatory or another academic institution, including an English language program.
You must apply to Austin Community College through the International Student Office to obtain admission and the immigration document Form I-20, which is needed to apply for the F-1 student visa with the United States Embassy or Consulate in your home country.
F-1 Student Life Cycle
Apply as an F-1 New Student to ACC using the International Student Application.
The application packet includes your Form I-20, acceptance letter and welcome guide via email. Print and sign your I-20 for your visa appointment.
Confirm you have the required documents and schedule your visa interview following the instructions on the website of your nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate in your home country.
Once you arrive in Austin, check in at the International Student Office within 48 hours.
Follow the requirements to maintain your F-1 eligibility while studying at ACC. The rules affect the number of credits you’ll take each semester and work restrictions. View F-1 Employment Basics and Eligibility.
You can explore transferring to a four-year university or applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT).
You have 60 days to depart the United States after graduating from a degree or certificate program at ACC or after completing Optional Practical Training (OPT).
Adapted from Study in the States International Student Life Cycle.Back to Top