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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
(210) 486-4513
Mon - Thu: 7:30am - 8:30pm
Fri: 7:30am - 4 pm
Sat: 8:30am - 2:30pm

How to Apply as a New International Student Seeking an F1 Visa

Step 1: International Student Application

  • Download and print application. Your application must be completed, signed and returned along with all required/requested information.
  • Mail all original documents to: Northwest Vista College, International Student Services,Cypress Campus Center, 3535 N. Ellison Dr, San Antonio, TX 78251

Step 2: Apply to Northwest Vista College

Step 3: Financial Documentation

  • Complete the financial information in the International Student Application.
  • Provide a letter from your bank stating you have the equivalent of $22,500.00 U.S. dollars.
    • The letter must be dated within 60 days and must be in English.
    • Make sure to complete on the International Student Application, the Financial Resource Requirements.
  • If you are bringing your spouse or children, you will be required to prove an additional $5,000.00 per dependent.
    • Make sure to complete on the International Student Application, Dependent Form.
    • A copy of dependent’s Passport will also be required.
  • If your Financial Sponsor is a U.S. Citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident, you must also complete the USCIS form, I-134 at

Step 4: Official Academic Records (high school and/or college)

  • All students will need to submit a transcript of the last school attended.
  • If the high school or college is not a U.S. school, then transcript must be translated and evaluated.
  • Translation and Evaluation companies may be found at
  • Northwest Vista College will only accept translated and evaluated copies from the above mentioned web site.
  • All transcripts received must be in their original envelope and sealed, no open documents will be accepted.

Step 5: English Proficiency – TOEFL or IELTS Score

  • TOEFL exam score.
    • 500 Paper-Based Test
    • 173 Computer-Based Test
    • 61 Internet-Based Testing
  • IELTS exam score.
    • 5.5 on the exam.
  • Make sure to request the test company send an official copy of the exam results. An official copy is a copy sealed in an envelope.

Step 6: Photo

  • Send a Passport size photo with your International Student Application

Step 7: Statement of Understanding

  • Sign and date the Statement of Understanding on your International Student Application

Step 8: Processing Fee

  • $100.00 U.S. Dollars (Non-Refundable)
  • Send a Cashier Check or Money Order with your application


All documents must be received before the posted deadline.  Incomplete and late applications will not be considered. Application deadline for new students with no current F1 visa is: Fall semester deadline is May 15 and Spring semester deadline is October 15. NVC does not admit international students for the summer semester.


Hours of Operation

Advising Services are offered all year. Please plan your advising session to avoid the peak periods and extended wait times.

Students are seen by Advisors on appointment basis. Mondays and Thursdays are Walk In Advising days.

NOTE: Sign-in will close when Advising Services have met maximum capacity (sessions are full for the day).

SPRING 2016 Hours of Operation

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 1pm - 5pm


International Student Services will be closed on the following days:

  • Friday, Jan. 22 - 1:00-5:00pm for Staff Development
  • Friday, Feb. 12 - Advising Summit
  • Friday, Feb. 26 - NVC Development Day
  • March 14-20 - Spring Break (College is closed)
  • March 25-27 - Easter Holiday (College is closed)
  • Friday, April 22 - Fiesta Holiday (Weekend classes will still meet)
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Contact Information

NVC International Student Advising

Diana Garcia - Advising Team Leader
(210) 486-4157
Elisa Ornelas - Certified Advisor

(210) 486-4143

Orlando Castaneda - Certified Advisor
(210) 486-4158
Luz Hernandez - Certified Advisor  
(210) 486-4159


The Academic Advising Services are located in  Cypress Campus Center (CCC) first floor hallway, directly past Student Financial Services.  Please visit the Advising Services Check In Window for assistance.