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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

We welcome International Students to start their education by applying for admission to Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA).

Please select the appropriate admissions process based on your current situation.

Three Options of Study for International Students

Associate Degree Program

Student is admitted directly into an associate degree program for full time academic study.

English Requirement TOEFL 95 or IELTS 7.5 (see application for other ways to demonstrate English proficiency)
Placement Tests upon Arrival Math
(if first time college student ages 17-24 or if need to take math as part of degree)
Campus Locations All campuses
Start Dates Fall (August) or Spring (January)

Bridge Program

An accelerated English language program that focuses on raising a student’s English proficiency to an academic level while allowing the student to take some general education coursework at the same time. Once student completes their assigned Bridge Path they will move directly into a full time Associate degree program and into English 111.

English Requirement 24-week Path TOEFL 53-64/IELTS 4.5-5.0
16-week Path TOEFL 65-78/IELTS 5.5-6.0
8-week Path TOEFL 79-94/IELTS 6.5-7.0
see application for other ways to demonstrate English proficiency
Placement Tests upon Arrival English Accuplacer and Math
(if first time college student ages 17-24 or if need to take math as part of degree)
Campus Locations Annandale only
Start Dates Fall (August) or Spring (January)

Intensive English Program

Student who wants to enroll in a full time English language program or who does not have a standardized English test score will be admitted as an English language student.

English Requirement No English test score is required
Placement Tests upon Arrival English Accuplacer test
Campus Locations Annandale, Alexandria or Loudoun campuses
Start Dates Fall (August), Spring (January) or Summer (May)

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.

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