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Pathway Program for Reasons of English Proficiency (PPREP) Program

Apply for Admission and I-20 Form

Once the student has passed their assigned PPREP Program they will be eligible to enroll into English 111 and can begin their Associate degree program on a full time basis.

Application Windows for PPREP Program

Overseas or 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 to August 1
  • Spring Semester: July 15 to December 15
1. Submit your Application Online

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
    • 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.

2. F-1 Financial Statement Form

If you have a sponsor, please have the sponsor complete and sign the second page of the F-1 form.

3. Bank Statement

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.

4. Proof of Completion of Secondary Education

Provide evidence that you have completed the equivalent of a U.S. high school education. If the documentation is not in English, you need to submit an official English translation. 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 demonstrate that they have met this requirement by providing a copy of your DS-2019.
  • 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.
5. Provide English Proficiency

This program is meant to prepare students for an academic level of English proficiency while taking some academic coursework at the same time. Academic coursework will be limited to courses that do not require English 111 as a prerequisite.
New students to NOVA applying to PPREP must submit either a TOEFL IBT or IELTS test score in order to be placed in the program.
TOEFL MyBest Score and IELTS Indicator Scores will be accepted. Test scores must be taken within past five years.
If you are a current NOVA student and you are applying for a Change of Level, you will be placed into a PPREP level based on your ACLI level assignment.



Eligible Test Score

Level 5
(.5-1 semester)


Students must have a minimum of 13 in reading and writing sections.


Students must have a minimum of 6.0 in all subject areas.

Level 4
(1.5-2 semesters)


Students must have a minimum of 10 in reading and writing sections.


Students must have a minimum of 5.5 in all subject areas.




*Students with TOEFL speaking and listening scores between 8 and 11 who would otherwise qualify for Level 4 or 5 may enroll in the that level but will be advised to also co-enroll in the ESL 33-Speaking and Listening.

6. Pay Application Fee

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 to: Office of International Student Services, NOVA, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia 22003.


Bank or ACH Transfer: You may remit your payment to the following bank account:

Please include your full name and student SIS number. Transfers that do not include your name and SIS number will have to be returned because we cannot identify the student account.

Bank Name: Branch Banking and Trust Co. – BB&T
Bank Address: 4401 Backlick Road, Annandale, VA 22003
Account Name: NVCC General Fund – Local
Bank Routing #: 051404260
Bank Account #: 0000151037216

Do not send funds in excess of $75. If excess funds are sent then the entire amount of the transfer will be returned.

NOVA cannot take credit cards, personal checks or cash deposits. If a cash or check deposit is made directly to BB&T it cannot be honored.

7. Contact Us

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.