International Studies

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Expand Your Worldview in NOVA's International Studies Program

Increase your awareness and understanding of other cultures and countries and prepare to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program with the international studies specialization at NOVA.


Liberal Arts: International Studies Degree

Develop the knowledge, skills and expertise you need for success at a four-year institution with NOVA’s Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with an international studies specialization. This specialization emphasizes other cultures and countries, preparing you to work and live in a world that is more connected than ever.

Two Years
Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Woodbridge, Online
Curriculum Details

Why International Studies at NOVA?

Engaged International Studies Faculty

You’ll learn from NOVA international studies faculty who have a deep understanding and knowledge of global cultures and regions. They’ll prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution.

In-Depth International Studies Courses

You’ll take a wide range of courses from International Communication to World Language so you have the knowledge and expertise you need for success at the next level of your education.

Affordable International Studies Programs

You’ll receive an affordable liberal arts education with an international studies specialization. You may even be eligible for NOVA scholarships so that you can offset the cost of tuition.


Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degree in liberal arts with an international studies specialization.

International Studies Program Career Outcomes

With your international studies degree at NOVA, you’ll be well prepared to continue your studies at a four-year college or university. You’ll also gain skills, knowledge and an expanded worldview so that you can thrive in the global arena.

Credits and
Transfer Info

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways, including but not limited to: certifications, AP or IB exams, military training, or life experience.


Learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

Your Next Steps to NOVA