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NOVA Students, Global Citizens

We are a community of learners from all over the world. Rest assured that neither language, ethnicity or country of origin will be a barrier to success at NOVA.

If you are new to the United States, or here on a student visa, NOVA wants you to feel at home.  Each of our locations has services, staff and advisors dedicated to helping international students. You’ve come a long way to study here – we’ll make sure you have an easy transition.

We want to ease your transition to your new home. Whether your academic goal is a transfer to a four-year school, a technical career path, or continuing education, we can help. Even if you are still undecided, NOVA is the place to figure it out.

Make the Smart Choice

  • 15% of NOVA students were born outside of the U.S.

  • NOVA’s Office of International Student Services (OISS) can assist with your F-1 status, extending your I-20 or transferring to another school in the U.S.

Programs to Take Your Education to the Next Level

International students interested in applying to study at NOVA have two options for admission to the college, which is based on your English proficiency.

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How to Get Started

  1. Select your admissions track (Associate or Intensive English)

  2. Apply Online

  3. Pay International Student Application Fee

  4. Submit other documents by mail to Office of International Student Services

  5. Wait for 1-20 to arrive by express mail and apply for F1 visa

Learn More About Applying as an International Student


Consider Studying in Northern Virginia

Pursuing higher education in a new place is a big step. That’s why NOVA has international student advisors ready to answer your questions.

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