What International Students Say About Studying in Nevada

Choosing to study at a community college can set you up for success in the United States.

Community colleges across the United States are growing in popularity. They provide a cost-effective gateway to universities all over the United States, while also giving students a head-start on their bachelor’s degree.

Here, we will be looking at one of Nevada’s best community colleges: Truckee Meadows.

Truckee Meadows Community College provides an education that supports students in developing the best career possible; one that is rooted in creative thought, innovation and progress.

To discover more about how Truckee Meadows can benefit you, please fill in the form below.

Studying in Nevada, USA

"I have had a wonderful experience in Reno, especially at TMCC. TMCC provides all the necessities in education and more, from classes and teachers with the best qualities for students to fully develop their skills and they are willing to help you whenever you need. Overall, I totally recommend you to join the TMCC’s family."  Quan from Vietnam, Computer Science student

Perhaps Nevada’s best known city is Las Vegas, famed for its gambling, nightlife and for being located in the middle of a desert. 

Despite also being located in Nevada, Reno perhaps could not offer a more different lifestyle to Vegas. Reno remains Nevada’s third largest city, but is home to a quieter, greener, more community-oriented form of life.

Reno is safe, growing, and is surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, lending the city easy access to great natural beauty. Moreover, the astounding Lake Tahoe is only 45-minutes away and San Francisco takes just a few hours in a car. 

  • Lake Tahoe is 58km away (45 min drive)
  • San Francisco, 370 km (4hr drive)
  • Napa Valley, 325km (3hr drive)
  • Yosemite National Park, 410km (5hr drive)
  • Los Angeles, 784km (8hr drive)
  • Las Vegas, 735km (7hr drive)

For quick weekend trips, there are affordable buses to nearby cities like San Francisco or Sacramento for a quick weekend trip while there is great opportunity to explore the nearby states, including Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Arizona. The Reno-Tahoe International Airport is close to campus and makes multiple flights every day.

Truckee Meadows Community College itself has been awarded as one of the Most Scenic Community Colleges in the U.S., an exceptional achievement considering just how visually stunning the United States can be.

Truckee Meadows’ Academic Options

 "TMCC lays an amazing ground for each student. I personally loved the faculty and professors here. Not only were they friendly but also incredibly knowledgeable and informative. My English degree here was a success and it definitely laid a strong foundation for my future endeavors." Aanchal from India, General Studies student

Established in 1971, TMCC offers 160 Degree and Certificate Programs, which includes university transfer programs, occupational training, career enhancement workshops and classes just for fun. You have the option of earning an associate degree in more than 50 career fields; everything from Architecture to Dental Hygiene to Welding. 

Community colleges are best known for the 2+2 option and Truckee Meadows is no different. 

During the 2+2 course, your first and second years will be spent at TMCC for an Associate Degree, then you will have the option to transfer to a university of your choice for a further two years and earn your Bachelor’s degree, a cost-effective and efficient way of getting ahead on your United States-quality degree.

Life at Truckee Meadows

"For me, TMCC was more than school. It’s my go-to community. They provide not only education, but also new career opportunities, peers, and new experience. Wherever we are, we still get connected all over the world.” Kazuki - Japan - Associate of Arts

TMCC provides its international students with free access to a variety of on campus resources to ensure each student is successful academically, emotionally, and prepared for the next steps in their academic and professional endeavors.

International students at TMCC are also served by International Peer Mentors who can help you acclimate to Reno, and life in the United States. This includes help with finding on-campus and community resources, and finding enjoyable things to do as part of the campus community.

This could perhaps include joining The International Club (or I-Club), one of the largest and longest standing student-run clubs at TMCC. The I-Club provides the chance for students to celebrate different cultures and diversity in the community. 

Each semester, members of the I-Club can enjoy games nights, movie nights, scavenger hunts, volunteer work, BBQs, and field trips to Lake Tahoe and San Francisco.

As a student at Truckee Meadows, you can work on-campus for up to 20 hours per week, while there are also options for Curricular Practical Training (CPT): training related to your studies, and Optional Practical Training (OPT): Full-time work for up to one year after graduating with a TMCC degree or certificate.


Studying at Truckee Meadows Community College can allow you to affordably begin work on an undergraduate degree while becoming acclimated to the United States.

For a personalized response on just how you can benefit, contact TMCC directly via the form below.