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Students in the IEP

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Students in the Intensive English Program come from more than 130 countries. They have diverse backgrounds and many academic goals. The following descriptions give a general idea of typical students enrolled in the IEP.

Most students ...

  • have F-1 visas and enroll full time in the program;
  • have studied English for many years before entering the program;
  • read and write well in their first languages;
  • have academic goals in the U.S.; and
  • have traveled outside of their home countries before coming to NOVA.

Most of our students are high school graduates seeking an associate’s degree from NOVA. They generally ...

  • range in age from their late teens to early twenties;
  • have some work experience in their home countries; and
  • plan to transfer to a four-year university after completing their studies at NOVA.

Some of our students are college and university students or graduates. They ...

  • are generally in their twenties or thirties;
  • often have extensive work experience in their home countries;
  • may plan to transfer to a four-year college or university after completing their studies at NOVA;
  • may plan to enter graduate programs at a U.S. university after improving their English and their TOEFL scores; or
  • may plan to return to their home countries and jobs after achieving their desired level of English proficiency.