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ESL Student Information

Directions to Class Locations

Books and Materials

You can buy your books at the Loudoun Campus bookstore LR135. Please call the bookstore for their business hours at 703.450.2589.

You will be given a booklist at the time of registration. Please do not buy your books before you know your class.

Book Lists

  • Spring 2015
    Important: Please keep your receipt! Books are subject to change. If you buy your books before
    the first day of classes, do not open any CDs, book bundles, or write into your books.
    Otherwise, you will not be able to return or exchange your books!

Selling Back Your Books

ESL students may be able to sell their books back to the campus bookstore. Students must consult the bookstore about their policies. If you are planning on selling your books back, please remember:

· Your books must be “like new”. No writing or damage.
· Workbooks cannot be resold.

If your course has audiotapes or CDs, you may not be able to sell them back to the bookstore. Be sure to ask when you buy them.

Weather and School Closings

If the College is closed for credit courses, all non-credit (ESL) courses at the college are cancelled and a make-up date will be announced. If a non-credit course is held off campus (Potomac Falls High School), listen for the announcement on local radio and TV stations for Loudoun County Public School closings. College closings for classes meeting after 5:00 p.m. will be made by 3:30 p.m.
If you are not sure, please call the office at 703.450.2551.

ESL Refund Policy

You will receive a full refund if you cancel your class within 7 days after the start date of the first scheduled class session. No tuition refunds will be made after these dates. All refunds are issued as checks from the state of Virginia and will be mailed to the student’s current mailing address. Refunds take approximately 2–4 weeks to be processed. Refund checks will be made payable to the student, regardless of who paid for a course. All refund requests must be made in person or in writing (email to loesl@nvcc.edu).

If your class is cancelled by the college, a full refund will be issued.  A decision on class cancellation is made the day before the class is scheduled to begin.  It is very important that we have an accurate daytime phone number where we can reach students to ensure prompt notification concerning class cancellations.

Au Pairs and CEUs

Most Continuing Education classes fulfill the academic requirement of J-1 visa holders (Au Pairs).
6.0 credits = 8.0 CEUs or a total of 80 instructional hours
1.0 CEU (Continuing Education Unit) is rewarded for every 10 instructional hours.

Maintaining your F-1 visa status

It is your responsibility to keep in status! Click here for more information on how to be a successful F-1 student.

Health Insurance

F-1 students at NOVA are expected to purchase and maintain health insurance while they are in the United States.  Accidents and illness happen very suddenly and medical bills can threaten your educational plans if you don’t have insurance.  If you don’t have medical insurance or don’t know what plan to select, we suggest that you look at :

Even if you don’t select one of these plans, they will give you some ideas about what to look for in a health insurance plan.

If you are considering a plan from your home country, make sure that it is designed to cover you in the United States.  Medical costs in the U.S. are more expensive and plans often do not provide enough coverage.  The plan should also cover the cost of flying you home if that is required.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

NVCC is committed to providing an accessible education and a supportive learning environment for all students, including persons with documented disabilities.  If you require any special services or accommodations, you must contact the NVCC Counselor for Students with Disabilities at the campus at least four weeks prior to the start of the class. 

To qualify for these services, you must provide clear and specific evidence that a qualified professional has established a formal diagnosis of a disability.  Except in certain cases, the documentation can be no older than three (3) years.  All information obtained in the diagnostic and medical reports will be maintained and used in accordance with applicable confidentiality requirements.

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