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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 to Thur: 7:30am - 8:30pm
Fri: 7:30am - 4:00pm
Sat: 8:30am - 2:30pm
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 Phone: (210) 486-4000

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 $22,000.00 U.S. dollars. 
    • The letter should be recent, not more than 60 days old. 
    • 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 you will need to have your transcript 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 you have the test company send an official copy of your 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 year round.  Be proactive and plan your advising session to avoid the peak periods and extended wait times.

Students are seen by advisors on a First Come, First Serve basis and you must sign in via the Virtual Sign-in to be seen. 

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

Spring Semester Hours

Monday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday                 1:00pm - 5:00pm






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Contact Information

NVC International Student Advising Email: 


Diana Garcia - Coordinator 
(210) 486-4157
Elisa Ornelas - Senior Advisor 

(210) 486-4143

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


The Academic Advising Welcome Center is located in the lobby of Cypress Campus Center (CCC)