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International Student Checklist

Let us show you why Hocking College has a reputation for excellence around the world. Students from more than 40 countries choose Hocking for their education. Our International Student Services office directly assists our many international students every year and provides an ongoing, singular point of contact.

  1. Apply for Admission

  2. Apply for a Visa

    Upon acceptance, you will be sent an acceptance letter and an I-20. Take these documents to the United States Embassy in your home country for processing. Important Note: A visa does not guarantee entry into the USA. The immigration officer at the point of entry makes the ultimate decision.

  3. Apply for Housing

    Before traveling to the United States, you are required to make arrangements for housing. Hocking College requires a specific local address at least seven days prior to your entry into the USA, and you will be required to produce a specific address at your point of entry.

  4. Arrange for travel to the Untied States and the Hocking College campus

    Travel arrangements to the United States are your responsibility. Hocking College is located approximately 70 miles east of Columbus, Ohio. Most international students arrive at the Columbus International Airport (CMH).

    To make transportation arrangements to campus, contact International Student Services at least seven days in advance of your arrival with your flight details and arrival time at Columbus. Upon arrival, wait at the information desk in the baggage claim area of the airport.

  5. Be Prepared For Important Upcoming Dates

    Make sure you are ready. See the International Students' Academic Calendar here

  6. Attend International Student Orientation

    Orientation for International Students is typically on the day classes begin, and is required for all International Students. The date for your orientation is printed on the letter of acceptance you receive with your I-20. All programs begin at 8:30 a.m.

    At International Orientation, you will:

    • Learn about Hocking College, the campus, our services and meet International Student Services personnel
    • Find out about rules and responsibilities
    • Discuss American culture and your transition to the United States
  7. Take the English Proficiency Test

    If English is not your native language, you are required to take the English as a Second Language (ESL) exam at the start of your first term of study. If you achieve a level of English placement higher than the ESL classes, you will be advised how to register for a full load of classes. If you score below a certain level on the ESL exam, you will be advised to register for "English as a Second Language" courses suited to your level. Unlike other institutions, Hocking College does not require a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to attend.

  8. Meet with an Academic Advisor

    Plan your first term of classes with your academic advisor. It is important to work closely with your academic advisor to start and stay on track.

  9. Register for Classes and Make Payment

    After meeting with your advisor, you will register for your first term of classes. Tuition and all fees must be paid upon registration, without exception.

  10. Enjoy your Hocking College Experience, and Ask for Help.

    International Student Services office is always available for assistance. We understand what it is like to be away from home and in a new environment. If at any time you are uncertain about your status, need helps or have any questions, contact us.

International Student Services
Hocking College
3301 Hocking Parkway
Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
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