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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

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 95, IELTS 7.5, SAT 480 or ACT 18 in Reading/Writing
Placement Tests upon Arrival English Accuplacer test is required for those with IELTS scores only and Math VPT for all students. 
(if first time college student ages 17-24 and/or if need to take math as part of degree)
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 3:  3 semesters  TOEFL 53-64/IELTS 4.5-5.0/Accuplacer Level 3
Level 4:  2 semesters TOEFL 65-78/IELTS 5.5-6.0/Accuplacer Level 4
Level 5:  1 semester TOEFL 79-94/IELTS 6.5-7.0/Accuplacer Level 5
Placement Tests upon Arrival English Accuplacer and Math VPT

(final placement will be determined by Accuplacer test score and in some cases may be different than TOEFL or IELTS initial placement)
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 Tests upon Arrival English Accuplacer

-if score Level 3+ eligible for PPREP (must submit adjusted financial statement and arrive in time to enroll in academic classes)
-if score Level 2 or lower must stay in IEP and take ACLI English test
Available Campuses Annandale, Alexandria or Loudoun 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.