ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS -- revised
International Student section
This College is authorized by federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.
Admissions offices must comply fully with federal law and regulations regarding
admission of non-immigrant students and issuance of the I-20 form, Certificate
of Eligibility for Non-immigrant (F-1) Student Status, for student visas.
Except as restricted by federal law or regulation, College policies apply
equally to all students regardless of immigration status.
If your native language is not English, when
you arrive at the college you must complete the English placement
test (ACCUPLACER) before you register for
classes. Your test score may require
that you complete English as a Second Language (ESL) courses—in the credit
or non-credit program—before you may enroll in any other courses. Information
on the requirement is available from the Admissions and Records Office.
Student Visas (F-1 Status). If you require student immigration
status (F-1), the following prerequisites must be met before
the College can issue an I-20 form, Certificate of Eligibility
for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student Status.
1. You must be in the United States at the time of your application
to the College.
1. You must submit an application to apply for full-time enrollment
to the College.
2. You must submit documentation of eligibility, including the
a. The equivalent of an American high school diploma.
b. Official transcripts and records of previous educational
experiences translated into English and certified by the
c. Verification of financial support.
A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score
of at least 500. Applicants who are in the local geographical
may satisfy this requirement by successfully completing
the College English proficiency test. International students
applying to the college for academic degree programs must submit
a TOEFL score.* If your TOEFL score is higher than 173 on the
computer test, or 500 on the paper and pencil test you may
be admitted to a degree program (using an Academic I-20). Once
on campus, you will take the College's ACCUPLACER test, which
indicates the level at which you may begin your studies at
If you have a TOEFL score of less than 173/500, or if you
do not have a TOEFL score and are only interested in English
Language training, you may be admitted tot he College's Continuing
Education English as a Second Language (ESL) programs (using
a Language Training I-20).
*International students who are visiting
the College may submit an application and take the College's
ACCUPLACER test. These
test results can be used in place of TOEFL scores when submitting
our I-20 packets.
All required documents and test scores for I-20 applicants must
be received sixty (60) days prior to the beginning of classes
for the semester you plan to attend.
After you have provided the required documentation, been admitted
for full-time enrollment, and been placed in a degree program
06/12 an academic I-20 form is issued by the College.
When registering for classes, you should be aware that for online
or distance education courses (courses that do not require a
student’s physical attendance for classes, examinations,
or other purposes) no more than three (3) credits or one course
per semester/session may be counted towards the full-time enrollment
required to maintain the F-1 status.
If you are in the United States and already have F-1 status
but wish to transfer to NVCC, you must first complete at
term at the school that issued you the I-20. If you currently
hold another type of immigration status, or need further information
about student visas, you should contact the Admissions and
Other Immigrant Status. It is the policy of Northern Virginia
Community College to admit to the College those applicants who
are immigrants residing in Virginia who have graduated from a
Virginia high school with a high school diploma or equivalent,
even if they are not able to document their legal presence. Those
who are undocumented will pay tuition at the out-of-state rate.
For enrollment in English as a Second Language (ESL) non-credit
programs. The availability of non-credit ESL programs varies
by campus. You should contact the Continuing Education Office
at the campus of your choice for information about these programs
and procedures for requesting an I-20 form for ESL study.
information has been updated/corrected from the original
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