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International Student Admissions Process

  • NOVA's diverse student population is always on full display around campus
F1 APPLICATION TIMELINE
SEMESTER FALL SPRING SUMMER
PROGRAM START August January May (IEP only)
APPLICANT STATUS Accepting Applications Accepting Applications Accepting Applications
OUTSIDE THE U.S. Feb 15 - May 1 Jul 15 - Oct 1 Feb 1 - Mar 1
TRANSFERRING FROM ANOTHER U.S. INSTITUTION Feb 15 - Jul 15 Jul 15 - Dec 10 Feb 1 - May 1
CHANGING VISA STATUS Feb 15 - May 1 Jul 15 - Oct 1 COS not accepted

Admissions Options for International Students at NOVA

Associate Degree Program: Admitted directly into a degree program for full time academic coursework.

English Requirement TOEFL 76, IELTS 6.5, Duolingo 110, SAT-ERW 400, IB English 4
Available Campuses Annandale, Alexandria, Loudoun, Manassas, Woodbridge

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: 2 semesters TOEFL 43-58/IELTS 5.0/Duolingo 80-90
Level 5: 1 semesters TOEFL 59-75/IELTS 5.5/ Duolingo 95-105
Available Campuses Annandale, Alexandria, Loudoun, Manassas or Woodbridge

Intensive English Program: Full time, non-academic ESL program

English Requirement No English test score required. IEP placement is determined by NOVA’s online placement test before final admission approval. Program may take 1-5 semesters to complete depending on placement.
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 3 or lower you can enroll in the Intensive English program.
You will be required to take a second English assessment through NOVA’s American Culture and Language Institute (ACLI) upon arrival.
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.

How to Pay $75 Application Fee

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