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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 Career to the Next Level

NOVA has extensive offerings in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, and an Intensive English program. Our goal is make you comfortable speaking English in class, in your future career and in your everyday life.

See All ESL Programs

How to Get Started

  1. Speak to an international student advisor.

  2. Get in touch with NOVA’s Off-campus Housing Service.

  3. Take placement tests in English and Math.

  4. Enroll for classes.

  5. Commit to a pathway: transfer, career & technical, or continuing ed. Of course, you can remain undecided until you are ready to decide.

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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