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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

Welcome to the Alamo Colleges!

We are pleased you are considering one of the Alamo Colleges 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. The Alamo Colleges host students from many regions of the world. These students represent countries such as Mexico, South Korea, Vietnam, India, Colombia, Indonesia, El Salvador, United Kingdom and Venezuela.



We do NOT accept mid-term transfers.

How to Apply:

About the Alamo Colleges

The five colleges that comprise the Alamo Colleges, 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 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.


Hours of Operation

Advising Services are offered year round. Be proactive and plan your advising session to avoid the peak periods and extended wait times.

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

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

FALL 2015 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:

October 28

November 26-29

Dec 21-January 1

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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.  Please visit the Advising Services Check In Window for assistance.