International student attending Nova Southeastern University

International Applicants

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 Application for Admission

International applicants have two ways to apply.

1)      The Common Applications www.CommonApp.org, or

2)      The Nova Southeastern University (NSU) application.

A non-refundable $50 application is required either for the Common Application or the NSU application. 

Common Application Instructions

Complete and submit the Common Application at www.CommonApp.org. Nova Southeastern University has an optional essay option. Applicants who choose to submit an essay will choose one of the five prompts provided on the Common Application. Detailed instructions are found in the Common Application.

Students who complete and submit the Common Application should also have their college or guidance counselor complete The School Report.  It is available on the Common Application website.  Please have your counselor submit this report with your official transcripts and your school profile.

NSU Application Instructions

Students may choose to complete and submit the NSU undergraduate application for admission.  The first step is to create an NSU account and apply through your personalized account page.  Once you complete and submit the NSU application your personalized checklist will appear within your account page and is updated as documents are received.

Students can choose to submit an optional essay and will find information on their account page once they submit the 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.

  • For students with Post-Secondary Credentials (Transfer Students)

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:

  • Proof of graduation from a U.S. regionally-accredited high school.
  • College transcript with one "English Composition One" course at a U.S. regionally-accredited college with a grade of C or better.
  • Proof of English language proficiency with a passing score on one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 213 on the computer-based test; 550 on the paper-based test; or 79 on the Internet-based test
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS*): 6.0 on the test module
    • Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE Academic): Overall score of 54 or higher
    • Passing Academia II Levels from TALK International
    • SAT verbal score of 480, Re-designed SAT verbal scores of 520 or above, or ACT verbal score of 20

Step 4 – Letter(s) of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation from a teacher is required and you may submit up to a total of 3 letters.  The letter can be found and completed online through the Common Application Teacher Evaluation form or within your personalized NSU account page.  ** Letters of recommendation are only required for freshman applicants only. We do not require letters of recommendation for transfer applicants.

Fall Application Options

 

EARLY DECISION - deadline: 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.

  • To apply Early Decision, students must submit the Common Application or the Nova Southeastern University Application and all additional required materials by November 1; admission decisions will be released starting October 15 and will continue on a rolling basis as applications are completed and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Admitted students must pay their enrollment deposit by January 15.
  • EARLY ACTION - deadline: 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.
  • To apply Early Action, students must submit the Common Application or the Nova Southeastern University Application and all additional required materials by November 1; admission decisions will be released starting October 15 and will continue on a rolling basis as applications are completed and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Admitted students must make a final decision about attending and pay their enrollment deposit by May 1.

REGULAR DECISION - deadline: February 1 Regular Decision is a non-binding decision plan and is the final deadline to apply for admission.

  • To apply Regular Decision, students must submit the Common Application or the Nova Southeastern University Application and all additional required materials byFebruary 1; admission decisions will be released starting October 15 and will continue on a rolling basis as applications are completed and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Admitted students must make a final decision about attending and pay their enrollment deposit by May 1.

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:

  • Students must be officially accepted for admission to Nova Southeastern University, having met both academic and English requirements.
  • Students must indicate their acceptance for admission by submitting a $200 (USD) seat deposit.
  • Full-time day students must demonstrate availability of funds for a total of $46,000(USD). An original bank statement or original letter on bank letterhead is required.

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 Application as indicated above) AND submit the following information:

  1. Complete and submit a Shark Preview Premier Programs Application
  2. Review information about the Shark Preview Interview Weekends and the selection process at: www.nova.edu/SharkPreview

Deadline:

Fall 2017 Dual Admission applicants must apply by March 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.

Contact Us:

Alexandra Hartmann
Associate Director of International Admissions
Direct: (954) 262-8005, Cell: 954-661-5101
ahartmann@nova.edu

Juliene Alvarado
Assistant Director of International Admissions
Direct: (954) 262-8126, Cell: (954) 398-4118
Juliene@nova.edu