International Students

Welcome to Northwest Vista College!

We are pleased you are considering Northwest Vista College as your choice for higher education. We are an educational institution in San Antonio, Texas that offers an excellent learning environment that helps students acquire the knowledge and skills needed in today's world. Northwest Vista College hosts students from many regions of the world. These students represent countries such as  Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, India, Mexico, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zambia.

Spring 2022:  We are no longer accepting Spring 2022 First Time in College/ESL Transfer applications.  Interested applicants are encouraged to apply for Fall 2022. 

Spring 2022:  We are currently accepting Spring 2022 F-1 Visa Transfer applications through deadline December 1, 2021.

* We do NOT accept mid-term transfers or summer transfers.

How to Apply*

About the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District

The five colleges that comprise the Alamo Colleges District, Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, St. Philip's College, and San Antonio College collectively offer over 325 programs of study. The Colleges offer associate degrees, certificates and licensures in occupational programs that prepare students for jobs. They also offer freshman- and sophomore-level courses that transfer to four-year colleges and universities and lead to Associate of Arts and Associate of Science.

We invite you to explore each of our five colleges' websites to learn more about what the Alamo Colleges District can offer you. The information we provide on this International Student section is for any student who is not a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or refugee.

Other General Information

All persons seeking admission holding non-permanent visas will be processed as International Students. Applicants for F-1 student visas, or F-1 visa students transferring from a high school, college, or university in the United States, must submit in person or by mail a completed International Student Application Form (I-20 Application) available online.

All International Students must follow the guidelines for Texas Success Initiative (TSI) as determined by Texas State law. International Student applicants not completing college-level courses at a United States college or university are required to take the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment. The TSI Assessment is designed to help determine if you are ready for college-level courses in English, Reading, and Math. This assessment will also help determine what type of courses or intervention will best meet your needs to help you become better prepared for college-level courses. If you have not been determined to be "exempt," you are required to take the TSI Assessment before the start of the first semester of enrollment.

Maintaining your F-1 Status during the COVID-19 Pandemic

NVC is monitoring updated regulations for F-1 Students closely as we navigate the COVID-19 World Pandemic.  If you have questions regarding your status please reach out to your DSO for assistance.  You can also read the Frequently Asked Questions from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):  If you are not a current NVC student and you have questions regarding your status/application please contact for assistance.