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Admitted International Graduate and Professional Students

If you follow these steps you will be ready to join us at Nova Southeastern University!  Do you have any questions?  Please contact the Office of International Affairs at

  • Your I-20 is the document you will need to be able to apply for an F-1 student visa. As soon as you receive your NSU acceptance you should submit the I-20 Process Form and all required documents. Required documents:
    • I-20 Process Form
    • Proof of Financial Support
      • Bank statements showing the total cost of attendance for one year, less any scholarships you are receiving from NSU. 
      • Financial Sponsorship Form (Required any time a proof of financial support is not in the student’s name, including parental bank statements)
    • Copy of the information page of your passport
    • NSU Transfer Authorization Form (Required only for students already studying in the U.S. on a valid I-20)
  • I-20s will be shipped within seven business days once all required documentation is received.  For additional information see Requirements for Obtaining an I-20.
  • Once you receive your I-20 you must apply for your F-1 visa. Obtaining an F-1 student visa can take several weeks or even longer, depending on your home country.
  • NSU requires that all students communicate via their NSU email address. Your NSU email address is your NSU username + (example username[at] 
  • Contact your admissions advisor or program advisor for information on registering for classes.  Utilize the full list of NSU's Academic Programs to identify contact information for your program.  
    • Many courses fill very quickly so students should contact their advisor very soon after they receive their NSU acceptance.
  • All students must complete the Student Enrollment Agreement (SEA) in order to register for classes. The SEA requires students to agree with NSU standards and policies. 
    • All NSU students are automatically enrolled in the NSU Student Health Insurance Plan and your student account will be charged accordingly.  If you are insured under another insurance plan, you must opt out of the NSU Student Health Insurance plan each academic year by the given waiver deadline.  Waiver deadlines are program specific. Please review the following pages for additional information.  Questions about the NSU Student Health Insurance should be directed to


    • All students living on campus must submit their immunization records to housing@nova.eduStudents will not be permitted to move in to their on-campus housing unless immunization records are received. 


    • Payment for NSU student account charges is due in full at the time of registration.  Students will not be able to check-in to the Residence Life and Housing halls until all requirements to satisfy outstanding student account balances have been fulfilled.  Students may view their student account status including account balance, charges, payments, and financial aid awards in SharkLink.

International Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming international students attending classes on the main/Fort Lauderdale campus. Students attending one of the regional campuses are also invited to attend. 

Winter 2020 International Student Orientation & F-1 Check-In
Saturday, January 4, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Horvitz Administration Building - Welcome Center - Room 114

Please visit the International Student Orientation page for additional information.

All F-1 students on initial NSU I-20s must complete the F-1 Check-In process in order to have their SEVIS records registered and activated.  Students who fail to complete the F-1 Check-In process will have their SEVIS record and immigration status terminated.  This is a U.S. immigration requirement and no exceptions can be made.

Please visit the F-1 International Student Check-In page for additional information.

Additional Resources for International Students:

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