International Students Steps to Apply

Welcome International Students!

Below are the steps to enroll at Naugatuck Valley Community College.

Application deadlines for overseas applicants are:
Fall Semester: June 15 
Spring Semester: November 1

Transfer students in the U.S.: 
One month before classes begin

Need more help?  
Contact the International Student Advisor,  Jennifer Wissink
Jennifer Wissink
International Student Advisor
203-575-8010 (p)
203-596-8766 (f)
Room: Kinney Hall, K500
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
Apply to NVCC

Apply to NVCC

Apply and submit your supporting documents.

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Along with your application, you'll need to provide the following documents.
All documents should be emailed to Jennifer Wissink at for processing.

Request for Social Security Number

Submit a Request for Social Security Number form, signed to indicate that you “decline to provide a Social Security Number”

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Proof of High School Completion or GED

Please provide proof of high school completion (including national exam results if applicable) by sending a photocopy of your high school diploma, GED, or an official high school transcript with date of graduation along with with an English translation,

Immunization Records

Students must submit immunization documentation for two doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and two doses of Varicella (Chicken Pox).

You may use the form below or send in one from your country with an English translation.

Immunization Form

Proof of English Proficiency

Please provide proof of English proficiency: F-1 visa students applying from overseas must achieve a score of 61 on the internet-based TOEFL exam or a band score of 6 on the IELTS exam.

Those students already in Connecticut may choose to take the Accuplacer instead.

Students who do not achieve acceptable scores on the TOEFL, IELTS, or Accuplacer test may not be eligible for a Form I-20.

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Previous College Transcripts (Optional)

If you have taken college level classes, you will need to request an official transcript from the respective college to see if your courses are eligible for credit at NVCC. Transcripts may also be used to waive placement testing and prerequisite requirements. If your college credits were earned overseas, you must get the transcripts professionally evaluated in order for transfer credit to be considered.

Learn more about transcripts and how to have them evaluated.

Request a Form I-20

Request a Form I-20

To be eligible for a Form I-20, students must be admitted to NVCC, must demonstrate adequate English proficiency, and must document enough funding to pay for the first year of tuition and living expenses. 

The following forms are required:

  • Certification of Finance form   This form outlines expected costs and contains a summary of the financial resources that you will use to pay for your education.  International students with families need to prove an additional $1500 per dependent accompanying them.
  • Sworn Promise of Cash Support. or other proof of financial support, signed and notarized by the sponsor.
  • Sworn Promise of Room and Board.  This form is only required if a local sponsor will provide you with free room and board.  It should be signed and notarized.
  • Two months of bank statements from each financial sponsor
  • International Student Information Sheet
  • Copy of your passport identity pages
  • Copies of your F-1 student visa and I-94, if available
  • If you are an international student transferring to NVCC from another U.S. school, follow these additional steps.

Please note: Due to limited access to legal work opportunities, international students at NVCC SHOULD NOT plan on using money earned in the U.S. to pay for their education.

    Acquire F-1 Student Visa Status

    Acquire F-1 Student Visa Status

    In order to apply for a student visa OR a change of status to F-1, you will first be required to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee. The SEVIS fee must be paid at least three days in advance of your visa interview.  To submit your fee visit

    See the accordions below for more information. 

    If you are currently overseas, you will need to apply for an F-1 student visa at the closest US consulate to your home.  For this process, you will need your original Form I-20, your original financial documentation, and any other documentation that is required by the consular branch in your country.  To find the location and expectations of the US consulate(s) in your country, go to and click on the link to the consulate nearest you. 

    For more information about US study in general, and the visa application process in particular, go to
    If you are currently in the US in another visa status, it may or may not be possible to change your status to F-1.  Your chances of success will depend on many factors, and the processing time for change of status applications can vary widely.  Anyone interested in the change of status process should contact Jennifer Wissink, the International Student Advisor.
    Make Your Travel Arrangements

    Make Your Travel Arrangements

    The immigration regulations allow you to enter the U.S. no more than 30 days before the start of the semester. As soon as you know your travel dates, please contact the college to arrange placement testing, new student advising and course registration. Learn more about these steps below.


    Virtual Advising & Registration

    Once you have been accepted to NVCC, you will receive an email from Noel Rosamilio, Associate Dean of Enrollment, with instructions on how to register for your virtual advising and registration session. 

    At this personal advising session you will work with your advisor to build your class schedule and register for classes.


    Pay Your Tuition

    Your final step is to make a payment.

    Payment options include cash, check and credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express). An Installment Payment Plan is also available.

    If you've received a financial aid award, you may not have to make a payment; please discuss payment responsibilities with financial aid staff.

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