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International Student Admissions Process

  • Admissions for Intensive English Program
  • Degree Program Admissions for Degree Program
  • F-1 Transfer Students
  • Changing Status to F-1
  • Transient Students
FALL Feb 15 - Jun 30 Feb 15 - Jul 15 Feb 15 - May 30
SPRING Jul 15 - Nov 15 Jul 15 - Dec 10 Jul 15 - Oct 15
Dec 15 - Apr 1 Dec 15 - May 1 Dec 15 - Mar 15

Admissions Options for International Students at NOVA

Associate Degree Program

Admitted directly into an Associate’s degree program for full time academic coursework.

English Requirement TOEFL 76, IELTS 6.5, SAT 460 or ACT 15
Available Campuses Annandale, Alexandria, Loudoun, Manassas, Woodbridge

English Language Programs

Pathway Program for Reasons of English Proficiency (PPREP)

Take ESL + some academic coursework with the goal of starting a full time Associate’s degree program.

English Requirement Level 4:  1.5 - 2 semesters TOEFL 44-58/IELTS 5.5
Level 5:  .5 - 1 semester TOEFL 59-75/IELTS 6.0
Available Campuses Annandale, Alexandria, Loudoun, Manassas or Woodbridge

Intensive English Program

Full time, non-academic ESL program

English Requirement No English test score required. Placement determined upon arrival
Placement ESL Assessment
- Once full application is submitted, you will receive an email with testing details.
- Test will be given in an online format and can be done from your home.
- Test can only be taken once.
- If you score Level 4 or higher you can qualify for the ESL Pathway (PPREP) if you choose.

ACLI Assessment
-If you score Level 3 or lower you will remain placed in the Intensive English program.
- You will be required to take a second English assessment through NOVA’s American Culture and Language Institute (ACLI). - Test details will be emailed to you.
Available Campuses Annandale and Alexandria only

F-1 Transfer Students
For students already in the U.S. studying at another educational institution in F-1 status who would like to transfer to NOVA.

Changing Status to F-1
For students already in the U.S. on another immigration status who wish to apply to change to F-1 status.