FAQ

Last Updated Apr 2013


What is a community college, and why should I attend a community college instead of a university?

What is the TOEFL, and is it required for admission to Naugatuck Valley Community College?

Can I work as an International Student?

When does school start and when do I register for classes?

Where can I live?

What is a community college, and why should I attend a community college instead of a university?

A community college is a public school that offers a variety of academic and vocational programs, two-year technical vocational degrees, two-year associate degrees and university transfer programs. A student can complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree program at a community college and then transfer to the four-year college of their choosing.

Compared to most four-year institutions, a community college offers smaller classes, more attention from instructors, personalized instruction AND less expensive tuition. Learn more about NVCC.

What is the TOEFL, and is it required for admission to Naugatuck Valley Community College?

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is a standardized test that is designed to measure English proficiency for school admission. Our College requires all international applicants to take the TOEFL test. We are looking for a score of 500 on the paper-based test or 61 on the internet-based test. Waivers of the TOEFL requirement may be available for students who have previously studied in the United States, or whose prior education has been primarily in English. IELTS score reports are also acceptable. 

The TOEFL and IELTS are offered worldwide in both paper-based and internet-based formats. For more information about when and where the tests are offered in your country, please visit www.toefl.org or www.ielts.org

Can I work as an International Student ?

Students on F-1 visas who maintain their status and good academic standing may apply for on-campus employment in their second semester of study. With the permission of the International Student Advisor, eligible students may work on-campus up to 20 hours/week. Please be aware that on campus job opportunities are very limited. Off-campus employment is NEVER LEGAL without specific authorization from USCIS. After you have maintained legal status and studied full-time for one academic year, you may apply to USCIS for off-campus work permission. Since F-1 visa students are only offered a limited period of off-campus employment authorization, students should carefully consider any requests for work permission. 

PLEASE NOTE: Because of 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.

When does school start and when do I register for classes?

You can begin your studies during the:

  • fall semester, which begins in late August
  • spring semester, which starts in late January. 

The immigration regulations allow you to enter the U.S. no more than 30 days before the start of the semester. As soon as possible after your arrival in the U.S., please contact the college to arrange placement testing, new student advising and course registration.

Where can I live?

Naugatuck Valley Community College does not have on-campus housing. You will need to secure your own living arrangements.