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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 Transfer International Student with an Active 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  USA

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  

  • Official transcripts from previous college will be required to determine if any further testing is needed.
  • Minimum acceptable scores:
    •  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

Step 9: Current Immigration Documents

  • A copy of Passport
  • A copy of F-1 Visa
  • Current copy of I-20
  • A copy of I-94


All documents must be received before the posted deadline.  Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered.  Application deadline for a transfer student with a current F1 visa is: Fall semester deadline is July 1 and Spring semester deadline is December 1.  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 8am-11am and Thursdays 4pm-7pm are Walk In Advising days.

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

SUMMER 2016 Hours of Operation

Monday 8am - 7pm
Tuesday 8am - 7pm
Wednesday 8am - 7pm
Thursday 8am - 7pm
Fri-Sunday CLOSED


International Student Services will be closed on the following days:

Monday, July 4, 2016     Independence Day Holiday-College Closed

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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.