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Transient Students

International students may take classes at Northern Virginia Community College while maintaining F-1 status at another college or university. Many students choose to take a few classes during the summer session or even during the spring or fall semesters while continuing to study full time at the school that issued their I-20. These students are sometimes called transient, guest or visiting students.

If you would like to study at NOVA as a transient student, please follow these steps:

1. Complete the NVCC Admission Application online.
This will create a student ID number for you.

2. Go to the Student Services Center at the campus where you plan to study.
Bring the following documents with you:

  • Passport
  • I-94
  • I-20 from your current school
  • I-797 Notice of Action if you have previously changed status
  • A recent letter from the school where you normally study confirming that you are currently in F-1 status.