International Students

STEP 1: Apply for Admission

Step 1: Apply for Admission Submit your application for admission at Apply Texas for any one of our colleges: Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, St. Philip's College, and San Antonio College.

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Please allow 5 days for processing.

STEP 2: Apply for form I-20 (International Student Supplemental Application)

International Admissions (click here to apply)

  • New International Student (Need initial form I-20)
  • Transfer International Student (Already in U.S. and wish to transfer form I-20 )
  • Concurrent/Transient (Already hold form I-20 from another university/college but do not wish to transfer form I-20)
  • Other Visa- (hold a non-immigrant visa that is eligible to study in the U.S.)
STEP 3: Log into ACES

ACES is the online center for all your student information. You will be able to register for classes, review your financial aid, and pay your tuition. Visit to log in.

Find your information on logging in on the ACES page. If you have issues, please contact the helpdesk using the numbers listed on ACES.

STEP 4: Activate AlamoNAVIGATE

AlamoNAVIGATE: Enrollment Simplified

AlamoNAVIGATE is your personalized event path, displaying specific "To Do's" for your registration. After logging into ACES click the "Start Here" tab to access "AlamoNAVIGATE" and begin following your path to enrollment.

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AlamoNAVIGATE is not available to Dual Credit, Early College High School, or Alamo Academies students.

STEP 5: Submit transcript or foreign credential (with evaluation)

Foreign Credential Evaluations

All foreign credentials must be evaluated. Admission requires a general evaluation stating credential is equivalent to that of a U.S. high school or U.S. college or university.

All evaluations must be completed by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Please note: Some evaluation services require translation from a translation service.

In order to have foreign college credit count towards the completion of a program at a college of the Alamo Colleges District, students must submit a course by course evaluation.

Foreign Credential Evaluation and official transcripts should be sent to:

Evaluations and official transcript must be in original sealed envelope.  Original transcript must be noted with a request to be returned to student.


Mail to


Northwest Vista College

Attn: International Student Services

3535 N. Ellison Drive

San Antonio, TX 78251


Palo Alto College

Attn: International Student- Service Palomino Center, Room 103
1400 W. Villaret Blvd.
San Antonio, Texas 78224


San Antonio College 

Attn: international Student Services- Box 709
1819 N. Main Ave. 
San Antonio, Texas 78212


St. Philip’s College

International Student Services - Box 333
1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
San Antonio, Texas 78203

STEP 6: Submit Proof of Bacterial Meningitis

All students age 22 and younger must submit proof of the Bacterial Meningitis vaccination.

To submit documentation visit AlamoNAVIGATE and select “Turn in Shot Record”.

STEP 7: Complete GO FAARR & Test Prep Modules

Learn more about your rights and responsibilities with Go FAARR.

In AlamoNAVIGATE select “Complete Go FAARR Module”.



Get ready for your TSI Placement test with Test Prep.

In AlamoNAVIGATE select “Complete Test Prep”.

STEP 8: Take Your Placement Test & Refresher (if required)

Take your TSI Placement Test to determine your placement into College-Level Math and Writing.

To schedule your TSI, visit AlamoNAVIGATE and select the event path “Take your Placement Test”

Refresher courses may be required, depending on your test scores.

STEP 9: Sign up for Orientation

Celebrate your transition to college! Meet other students and learn more about your college programs and services at New Student Orientation (NSO).

Log in to AlamoNAVIGATE and select “Sign up for Orientation” for more information about NSO at your college.


STEP 10: Meet with Certified Advisor before Registering

Log in to AlamoNAVIGATE and select “Meet with an advisor before registering” for advising information at your college.


STEP 11: Pay Your Bill

Pay your tuition to reserve your classes.  Make full payment, apply for Financial Aid or set up an installment plan before the deadlines to avoid being dropped.

Visit AlamoNAVIGATE and select “Pay your bill” for information on available payment options.

STEP 12: Smart Start

Start Smart! Attend Class!

Attending and become an active learner in class will benefit your grades and advance your goals. Your first day and first week of classes provides you with the tools to succeed for the rest of the semester.

Not attending the first day of class may result in you being dropped from the course.