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

Thank you for your interest in the ESL programs at NOVA!

Do you want to gain access to American higher education? Are you looking for better job opportunities? Or do you want to improve your English language skills for personal development? We can help you achieve your goals through courses at home or on campus.

NOVA has two programs to help local and international students improve their English language skills -- College ESL and the American Culture and Language Institute (ACLI).

College ESL

ACLI ESL or 703.503.6300

Educational and
professional goals

You want to:

  • Earn a degree from NOVA.
  • Transfer to a 4-year university.
  • Improve your academic English.

You want to:

  • Earn a career certificate in business, IT, healthcare, or trades.
  • Improve your everyday English skills.
Placement Levels

College ESL Level 2-6

For more information, go to Levels of College ESL.

College ESL Level 1

For more information, go to Levels of ACLI ESL.

Financial Aid

Available if eligibility criteria are met. Go to Financial Aid.

ACLI ESL classes do not qualify for financial aid. Financial assistance may be available for workforce classes. Go to Workforce Assistance.

Special considerations for F1 students

If you have questions about which program to choose, please complete the form at link below, and an ESL advisor will respond within two business days.

Have questions? Please contact us for help from an ESL advisor.