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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.

Application Window for the Associate Degree Program

Overseas and Change of Status Applications

  • Fall Semester: February 15 to June 30
  • Spring Semester: July 15 to November 15

F-1 Transfer Applications

  • Fall Semester: February 15 August 1
  • Spring Semester: July 15 to December 15

NOTE: Incoming transfer students must take an English placement test at NOVA before registering for classes. You will not be required to take the test if you have already completed a three-credit college English Composition course at an accredited U.S. college or university with a grade of C or better. If this is the case, please bring an official (unopened) transcript with you when you check in at the campus.

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 ENF 3 and will not be required to take NOVA’s English placement test if they meet one of the below standardized test scores.
TOEFL MyBest Score and IELTS Indicator Scores will be accepted.
Test scores will be considered valid if taken within the past five years.


    NOVA Placement

    Eligible Test Score


    ENG 111


    ENG 111+ENF 3

    Student must have min 19 in each category.


    ENG 111


    ENG 111+ENF 3

    Student must have min 6.5 in each category.





    ENG 111

    500 (before 2016)
    480 (after 2016)

    ENG 111+ENF 3



    ENG 111


    ENG 111+ENF 3


    Students who are from one of the countries on this list, NOVA considers eligible for the Degree program. Additional assessments will be recommended upon arrival for placement into ENG 111.

    Under certain circumstances, students who have graduated from a US high school within the last 5 years may be considered eligible for ENG 111 or ENG 111 co-enrolled with ENF 3:

    1. With a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, these students may be eligible for ENG 111.
    2. With a high school GPA of 2.7-2.9, these students are eligible for ENG 111 co-enrolled with ENF 3.

    Students may be eligible to receive credit for ENG 111 and may not need to take English 111 at NOVA if;

    1. Students with a satisfactory score on AP, IB, Cambridge Advanced Level, or CLEP exams: https://www.nvcc.edu/prior-learning/.
    2. Students who completed the equivalent of ENG 111 and earned a C or higher at another regionally-accredited U.S. college or university as part of a full course of study.

In order to complete your application, you will need to pay the $75 application fee via wire transfer or money order. 
Money Order: You may pay the fee using a money order made out to Northern Virginia Community College.

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).