Welcome to the Northern Virginia Community College Website

Accessibility Navigation:



NOVA ESL serves students with a variety of English language goals.

Some of our students want access to American higher education, some want entry or advancement in the workforce and some want to improve their English language skills.

NOVA has two programs to help students improve their English language skills -- College ESL and the American Culture and Language Institute (ACLI). Students can enroll in the NOVA ESL program that meets their needs.

If you are an international student and need a student visa (F-1) to study at NOVA, please review the International Students Visa (F-1) Information.

Which NOVA ESL Program Is Right for You?

We consider your level of English, the amount of time you want to study, and your visa and residency status before we recommend the program that is best for you. Have questions? Please contact us for help from an ESL advisor.