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Intensive English Program

Follow the step-by-step checklist below to apply to the College and request an I-20 form.

Apply for Admission and I-20 Form

If you are eligible for associate’s degree programs you will begin in the fall or spring semesters.

Application Windows for the Intensive English Program

Overseas or Change of Status Applications

  • Fall Semester: February 15 to June 30
  • Spring Semester: July 15 to November 30
  • Summer Session: December 15 to April 1

F-1 Transfer Applications

  • Fall Semester: February 15 to August 1
  • Spring Semester: July 15 to December 15
  • Summer Session: December 15 to May 1
1. Apply Online

Step 1 of the application will ask "In what type of class will you be enrolling?". You will be given the options Non-Credit or Credit. You should mark Non-Credit.

2. I-20 Application Form

Download, complete, print and sign the I-20 Application Form.

3. International Student Application Fee

If you plan on changing your status to F1 in the U.S., you should meet with an International Student Advisor in the Office of International Students before paying the fee.

Submit a non-refundable International Student Application fee of $75.

You have two options to pay the fee.

**NOVA cannot take credit cards, personal checks, or cash deposits.  If a cash or check deposit is made directly to BB&T it cannot be honored.

1. Money Order: You may pay the fee by attaching a money order made out to Northern Virginia Community College to your I-20 application package.

2. You may remit your payment to Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) via bank transfer or ACH transfer to the following bank account:

Please include your full name and student SIS number. Transfers that do not include your name and SIS number will be returned because we cannot identify your account to credit.

Bank Name: Branch Banking and Trust Co. – BB&T
Bank Address: 4401 Backlick Road, Annandale, VA 22003
Account Name: NVCC General Fund – Local
Bank Routing #: 051404260
Bank Account #: 0000151037216

Please note NOVA does not accept funds in excess of $75. If excess funds are sent to NOVA, the entire amount of the transfer will be returned to the originating institution.

4. F-1 Financial Statement Form

If you have a sponsor, please have the sponsor complete and sign the second page of the F-1 form. See Financial Documents for more information.

5. Bank Statement

NOTE: If your sponsor is a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, he or she may submit form I-134 as proof of funds. Please see the Affidavit of Support (I-134) site for more information.

6. Proof of Completion of Secondary Education

Provide evidence that you have completed the equivalent of a U.S. high school education. If the documentation is not in English, you need to submit an official English translation. Please do not send original diplomas or certificates as we cannot return them to you. (NOTE: If the documentation is not in English, you need to submit an official English translation.)

  • Certified copy of your secondary school diploma or certificate equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma OR
  • Evidence of your attendance in college or university level studies.
  • Participants in a J-1 Au Pair or Summer Work Travel program may demonstrate that they have met this requirement by providing a copy of your DS-2019.
  • If you are currently still in high school but will graduate soon, please ask your school to provide an official letter stating the date by which you will complete your studies. You must complete your secondary education before you begin classes at NOVA.
7. Passport

Provide a photocopy of your passport ID page.

F-1 Transfer Students:

  • Please include a copy of your current I-20

Change of Status Students:

  • Please include a copy of your current visa, current I-94 and any immigration documentation you have for your current status (i.e. DS-2019 if in J-1 status, I-797 if previous change of status)

NOTE: Application Deadlines for F-1 Transfer and Change of Status Students:

All forms and documents should be mailed or delivered directly to the Office of International Student Services no later than the deadline.

Mailing Address:
Office of International Student Services
Northern Virginia Community College
7630 Little River Turnpike, Suite 815
Annandale, VA 22003

Phone: 703.323.3423
Email: oiss@nvcc.edu
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

After the Office of International Student Services reviews your documents and determines that you have met all the requirements, the I-20 will be issued. Based on the information you provided on your I-20 Application Form, we will mail your I-20 to you or call you to let you know when it is ready to pick up.