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International Student Admissions Process

  • NOVA's diverse student population is always on full display around campus
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