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As an international student at NSU, you'll have access to a wealth of academic resources. NSU is proud to be classified as one of only 37 universities, out of more than 4,000, that has the dual designation of both “high research” and “community engaged.” You'll also discover something far more powerful: the sense that you fit in perfectly.
Step 1 – Submit an Application for Admissions
Freshman applicants have two ways to apply.*
1) NSU Shark Select International Application, or
2) The Common Application
A non-refundable $50 application is required either for the NSU Shark Select Application or the Common Application.
* Students interested in Applied Professional Studies, Cardiovascular Sonography, Medical Sonography, Nursing (BSN/MSN), Recreational Therapy, or Respiratory Therapy must submit an application for admission using the specific Nova Southeastern University application found by clicking here.
Complete and submit the NSU Shark Select Application or the Common Application (choose one or the other). NSU has an optional essay. Applicants who choose to submit an essay will choose one of the five prompts provided on the Common Application or an original writing sample of their choice if using the NSU Shark Select Application.
Step 2 – Submit Evaluation of Secondary School/Post-Secondary Credentials
You will need to send original or certified copies of your home country’s credentials as part of your application. You must also submit a copy of any terminating or qualifying examination results or certificates if applicable.
Students who have earned CXC or O-level certificates, HSC, BGCSE and CAPE must provide five passing scores in academic subjects and proof of secondary school completion.
All documents written in a foreign language must be accompanied by a notarized/certified English translation. Please note that both documents are required—the original in your first language and the English translation.
Please see “Examinations” for possible college credit for certain examinations.
If your university course work was completed outside of the United States, you must have your transcript evaluated by a NACES accredited organization. A list of these organizations can be found at http://naces.org/members.html. Please ensure the degree and course equivalencies along with the grade point average (GPA) are included in the evaluation.
Step 3 – Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency
We require proof of English proficiency from ALL student unless they are from these countries – Commonwealth Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand. Exceptions can be made with Skype interviews.
Students for whom their high school education was NOT at an English speaking institution or for whom English is NOT their native language, must be able to demonstrate adequate English skills by submitting one of the following:
Step 4 – Complete the School Report (Common Application only)
The School Report should be completed b your college or guidance counselor and is available on the Common Application website. Please have your counselor submit this report with your official transcripts and your school profile.
Step 5 - Additional Recommendations
One letter of recommendation from a teacher is required, but you may submit up to a total of three letters. The letter can be found and completed online through the Common Application Teacher Evaluation form. In addition, you can submit the letter(s) in the supplemental items area of the NSU Shark Select Application. Paper letters of recommendation may be mailed to:
Nova Southeastern University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
3301 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
Fall Application Options
EARLY DECISION - priority date: November 1
Early Decision is a binding decision plan and may be appropriate for students who are committed to attending Nova Southeastern University if they are admitted. If the student is admitted to NSU, s/he must immediately withdraw applications to all other colleges and universities.
EARLY ACTION - priority date: November 1
Early Action is a non-binding decision plan. It is appropriate for students who are seriously considering Nova Southeastern University but are not ready to commit to attendance.
REGULAR DECISION - priority date: February 1
Regular Decision is a non-binding decision plan and is the final deadline to apply for admission.
All international students must either obtain an F-1 visa to study at Nova Southeastern University or have visa status that permits a nonresident alien to study in the United States.
International students need to obtain an I-20 in order to apply for an F-1 (student visa) at the American Embassy in their home country. The Office of International Students and Scholars at Nova Southeastern University is in charge of issuing the I-20 when the following criteria are met:
The Office of International Students and Scholars is available to further assist students.
Download the International Students Viewbook.
NSU offers many scholarships. Some are based on academic standing and leadership qualities, others on your major, grades, ethnicity, and any number of things that are special about you. Three of our outstanding scholarships are listed below
NSU Dean's Scholarship »
A $3,000-$15,000 scholarship based on past academic achievement. All students are eligible for this scholarship when they apply to a Bachelor’s program at NSU. The award of this scholarship will be provided upon acceptance to a program and is awarded in Fall and Winter. Those selected earn the highest grades and present either the SAT or ACT scores.
Razor's Edge Programs »
A $20,000 scholarship for all first time applicants. Students must start in the Fall and must live on campus for 4 years. The deadline to apply for this application is March 1. Please find details and application on the Shark Preview webpage.
NSU President’s Scholarship »
This is a Full Tuition award program which is awarded by invitation only to top achieving high school students and does require SAT or ACT scores submitted during the admission process.
NSU President’s Premier Scholarships
This is a Full Tuition, including room and meals program which is awarded by invitation only to top achieving high school students and does require SAT or ACT scores submitted during the admission process.
For additional scholarship opportunities access click here
For information on private loans for international students click here.
Dual Admission is a Premier Program and has a competitive selection process. Students interested must complete an application for admissions (Either: Common Application or NSU International Shark Select Application as indicated above) AND submit the following information:
Dual Admission applicants must apply by February 1st. All candidates submitting completed applications by the deadline will be considered. We encourage all students interested in the Dual Admission Program to apply early in the start of their high school senior year to meet all necessary deadlines.
At Nova Southeastern University, we recognize the challenges students, families, and educators have experienced and continue to face due to hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and earthquakes. As families and schools are working towards recovery, we want to support students and educators during the admission application process who have been affected by these disasters.
First, NSU will extend the application priority date to April 1, 2018 for students who have been affected. This priority date extension should allow students to gather and submit supporting documents such as transcripts and test scores.
Second, NSU will not require the guidance counselor or any other letter of recommendation should it be difficult for an affected student to obtain it. Students should feel free to submit recommendations, but if unable to do so, the Admission Committee will proceed with application review and the student will not be at any disadvantage.
Third, if paying the application fee poses a significant financial hardship, an affected student may contact the NSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions to request a fee waiver.
Associate Director of International Admissions
Direct: (954) 262-8005, Cell: 954-661-5101
Assistant Director of International Admissions
Direct: (954) 262-8126, Cell: (954) 398-4118