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Pathway Program for Reasons of English Proficiency (PPREP) Program

Academic Year 2021/2022

NOVA will not be admitting any new overseas students for Summer 2021, Fall 2021 or Spring 2022. F1 applications will only be accepted for 2021/22 from applicants currently inside the U.S. applying as transfer, change of level or change of status.

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.

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
    • When choosing your Program of Study 
      • F1 students can only apply for AA/AS/AFA or AAA/AAS and not certificates (C/CSC). 
        • AA/AS/AFA- are designed to transfer to a four-year bachelor’s degree program 
        • AAA/AAS- are designed primarily to prepare for employment 
      • All medical related programs are competitive (nursing, dental hygiene, physical therapy, etc.) and if selected will automatically place you into the general studies degree as you will need to apply for these programs after your first semester.  
    • 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.

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

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.

NOTE: If your sponsor is a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, he or she may submit form I-134 as proof of funds. Please see the Affidavit of Support (I-134) site for more information.

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.

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.


PPREP Level

Test

Eligible Test Score

Level 5
(.5-1 semester)

TOEFL

59-75
Students must have a minimum of 13 in reading and writing sections.

IELTS

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

Level 4
(1.5-2 semesters)

TOEFL

44-58
Students must have a minimum of 10 in reading and writing sections.

IELTS

5.5
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.

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In order to complete your application, you will need to pay the $75 application fee via wire transfer or money order. 

Money Order: You can purchase a money order from any post office, grocery store or 7-11. The Pay to section should be written out to: Northern Virginia Community College. Also, write your name and student ID # on the front side of the money order either in the From section or under the signature line.

Mail or Drop off in person: Office of International Student Services, NOVA, 7630 Little River Turnpike, Suite 405, Annandale, Virginia 22003

*Please be aware that if you send by express mail DO NOT request a release signature as there is no one to sign for it at the office. It will be slipped inside the door and will be safe when delivered. If you are dropping off the payment please slide it through the glass doors and someone from our team will pick it up

OR

Bank or ACH Transfer: Email oiss@nvcc.edu for specific payment details.

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.

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