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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

Admissions Options for International Students at NOVA

Associate Degree Program

Admitted directly into an Associate’s degree program for full time academic coursework.

English Requirement TOEFL 95, IELTS 7.5, SAT 480 or ACT 18 in Reading/Writing
Placement Tests upon Arrival Math VPT
(if first time college student ages 17-24 and/or if need to take math as part of degree)
Available Campuses Annandale, Alexandria, Loudoun, Manassas, Woodbridge

English Language Programs

Bridge Program

Take ESL + some academic coursework at an accelerated pace to reach a full time Associate’s degree program faster.

English Requirement Level 3:  1.5 Semesters TOEFL 53-64/IELTS 4.5-5.0
Level 4:  1 Semester TOEFL 65-78/IELTS 5.5-6.0
Level 5:  1/2 Semester 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 VPT
(if first time college student ages 17-24 and/or if need to take math as part of degree)
Available Campuses Annandale only

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 3:  3 semesters  TOEFL 53-64/IELTS 4.5-5.0
Level 4:  2 semesters TOEFL 65-78/IELTS 5.5-6.0
Level 5:  1 semester 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 VPT
(if first time college student ages 17-24 and/or if need to take math as part of degree)
Available Campuses Alexandria and Loudoun: Levels 3-4-5
Manassas and Woodbridge: Levels 4-5

Intensive English Program

Full time, non-academic ESL program

English Requirement No English test score required. Placement determined upon arrival
Placement Tests upon Arrival English Accuplacer
-if score Level 3+ eligible for PPREP or Bridge (must submit adjusted financial statement)
-if score Level 2 or lower must stay in IEP and take ACLI test
Available Campuses Annandale, Alexandria or Loudoun 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.

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