ESL: Conquer the Language Barrier

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Not a Native English Speaker? Not a Problem.

At NOVA, diversity is a strength. We welcome diversity in all its forms, and that includes language as well. Many students enroll at NOVA while still learning the intricacies of English.

We offer two programs – ACLI ESL and College ESL – to ease the transition for non-native speakers. Your level of English, the length of time you intend to study, and your visa and residency status will determine the program that is best for you.

NOTE: 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.

American Culture & Language Institute (ACLI)

ACLI helps Virginians, visitors to the State, and international students improve their English language skills. English-language training can be customized for the work environment and in the areas of cross-cultural communication, multiculturalism and diversity awareness. Classes are offered at most NOVA campuses, as well as some workplaces in Northern Virginia.

Students are placed in ACLI classes after taking the ACLI Placement test. Two options are available: an Intensive English Program and a Part-Time Program.

For more information, visit the ACLI page on

College ESL

NOVA’s College ESL program is ideal for international students on visas, or immigrants to the U.S. living in Northern Virginia. The primary goal of College ESL is to develop English-language skills that will help students succeed in college-level classes, in post-college careers and in everyday life.

Instruction varies from Level 2 (low-intermediate) to Level 5 (advanced). Students begin with reading and writing, and transition to oral communication before enrolling in credit courses.

Admission to College ESL is based on a placement test called the ACCUPLACER. Applicants must score 225 or higher to be admitted to College ESL.

For more information, visit the College ESL page on

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Translate Your Goals Into Reality

At NOVA, effective and clear communication is a priority. Whether you are a native English speaker or not, we want to discuss your goals. Contact us.

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