New International Student Seeking an F1 Visa

How to Apply

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 $24,358.00 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

  • 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


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: 

           Fall semester is May 15

          Spring semester is October 15         

NVC does not admit international students for the summer semester.