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Associate Degree Program

Follow the step-by-step checklist below to apply to the College and request an I-20 form.

Apply for Admission and I-20 Form

Students who are eligible for the associate’s degree programs begin in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Make a note of the Student Information System ID (SIS ID) that is created at the end of the application. Please write this ID number on all your other forms.

Apply Online

Please be aware of some specific questions on the application:

  • In Section 2: Communicating with you
    • Provide your overseas mailing address
    • Financial Aid Assistance question- does not apply to international students as you are not eligible to apply for financial aid. Select 3rd option.
  • In Section 3: Your Education
    • When choosing your Program of Study 
      • F1 students can only apply for AA/AS/AFA or AAA/AAS and not certificates (C/CSC).
        • AA/AS/AFA- are designed to transfer to a four-year bachelor’s degree program 
        • AAA/AAS- are designed primarily to prepare for employment 
      • All medical related programs are competitive (nursing, dental hygiene, physical therapy, etc.) and if selected will automatically place you into the general studies degree as you will need to apply for these programs after your first semester.  
    • Upload your high school transcript here 
  • In Section 5: Your Background
  • In Supplemental Information 2
    • Indicate how you will pay your International Application fee. (Your visa document will not be processed until this payment is received). You will not be able to make payment in the application.
    • Upload all the required documents for your application in this section except for high school transcript which you must upload in Section 3. 

A Student Identification number (SIS ID) will be generated once you submit your application. Keep this number in a safe place as you will need it for future interactions with NOVA.

Once we have reviewed your documents and determined you have met the program requirements and your application fee has been paid the visa document will be issued. We will mail it via UPS using the address provided in your application.

If you have a sponsor, please have the sponsor complete and sign the second page of the F-1 form.

Provide recent bank statements from your financial sponsor dated no more than six months before the start of the semester for which you are applying. 

NOTE: If your sponsor is a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, he or she may submit form I-134 as proof of funds. Please see the Affidavit of Support (I-134) site for more information.

Provide evidence that you have completed the equivalent of a U.S. high school education by submitting one of the following: Please do not send original diplomas or certificates as we cannot return them to you. (NOTE: If the documentation is not in English, you need to submit an official English translation.)

  • Certified copy of your secondary school diploma or certificate equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma OR
  • Evidence of your attendance in college or university level studies.
  • Participants in a J-1 Au Pair or Summer Work Travel program may provide a copy of their DS-2019 to demonstrate that they have met this requirement.
  • If you are currently still in high school but will graduate soon, please ask your school to provide an official letter stating the date by which you will complete your studies. You must complete your secondary education before you begin classes at NOVA.

Students will be eligible to enroll into ENG 111 or co-enrolled with EDE 11 and will not be required to take NOVA’s English placement test if they meet one of the below standardized test scores. Test scores will be considered valid if taken within the past five years. TOEFL, MyBest Score, and IELTS Indicator Scores will be accepted.


NOVA Placement

Eligible Test Score


ENG 111


ENG 111+EDE 11

Student must have a minimum of 19 in each category.


ENG 111


ENG 111+EDE 11

Student must have a minimum of 6.5 in each category.

  • Students who are from one of the English speaking countries on this list are eligible for the Degree program and placement into English 111. Additional assessments may be requested upon arrival.
  • International students who have graduated from a US high school or have taken the SAT or ACT can check here for English placement guidance.

In order to complete your application, you will need to pay the $75 application fee via wire transfer or money order. 
Money Order: You can purchase a money order from any post office, grocery store or 7-11. The Pay to section should be written out to: Northern Virginia Community College. Also, write your name and student ID # on the front side of the money order either in the From section or under the signature line.

Mail or Drop off in person: Office of International Student Services, NOVA, 7630 Little River Turnpike, Suite 405, Annandale, Virginia 22003

*Please be aware that if you send by express mail DO NOT request a release signature as there is no one to sign for it at the office. It will be slipped inside the door and will be safe when delivered. If you are dropping off the payment please slide it through the glass doors and someone from our team will pick it up


Bank or ACH Transfer: Email oiss@nvcc.edu for specific payment details.

If you have any questions about the application process, please reach out to us.

Email: oiss@nvcc.edu for the fastest response.
Office Phone: +1 703.323.3423 (leave a message, and someone will return your call within 24 hours)
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Our office will continue to work remotely through the Fall semester, so no one will be available in the office to meet with you. Please call and leave us a message or email us.

Important Information

F-1 Transfer Students:
Please include a copy of your current I-20.

Change of Status Students:
Please include a copy of your current visa, current I-94 and any immigration documentation you have for your current status (ex. DS-2019 if in J-1 status, I-797 if the previous change of status).