OVERVIEW OF NSU
As an international student at NSU, you'll have access to a wealth of academic resources. You'll also discover something far more powerful: the sense that you fit in perfectly.
Step 1 – Submit an Application for Admission
Freshman applicants have two ways to apply:
1) NSU Shark Select International Application, or
2) The Common Application
A nonrefundable $50 application is required for either application.
Note: NSU has an optional essay. You can choose one of the five prompts provided on the Common Application or an original writing sample of your choice if using the NSU Shark Select Application.
* Students interested in Applied Professional Studies, Cardiovascular Sonography, Medical Sonography, Entry Nursing, Recreational Therapy, or Respiratory Therapy must submit an application for admission using the specific Nova Southeastern University application found by clicking here.
Step 2 – Submit 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 - Submit Letter(s) 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 completed online through the Common Application Teacher Evaluation form, or you can submit the letter(s) in the supplemental items area of the NSU Shark Select Application. Paper letters of recommendation may be emailed to your admissions counselor or mailed to:
Nova Southeastern UniversityOffice of Undergraduate Admissions3301 College AvenueFt. Lauderdale, FL 33314
Fall Application Options
EARLY DECISION - priority date: Extended to November 15, 2019Early Decision is a binding decision plan and may be appropriate if you are committed to attending Nova Southeastern University. If admitted to NSU, you must immediately withdraw applications to all other colleges and universities.
EARLY ACTION - priority date: Extended to November 15, 2019Early Action is a non-binding decision plan, which provides priority admission consideration to Nova Southeastern University, and is appropriate if you are seriously considering NSU but are not ready to commit to attendance.
REGULAR DECISION - priority date: February 1, 2020Regular 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.
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 $5,000-$18,000 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 Scholars » A $22,000 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.
Presidential Scholars » 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.
For additional scholarship opportunities access click here
For information on private loans for international students click here.
Dual Admission is a premier academic program offering students the opportunity to reserve a future seat in one of NSU’s graduate or professional programs while earning their bachelor’s degree.
Applicants for all Dual Admissions programs must complete an interview on campus during a Shark Preview weekend. To be considered for Dual Admission please submit your application for admission as described above AND submit the following:
Priority Date: February 1, 2020
Razor’s Edge Scholars is a premier academic and co-curricular program named after NSU's mascot, Razor the Shark. With six tracks to choose from in Global, Leadership, Research, Shark Cage (Business), Shark Talent (Performing/Visual Arts), or Shark Teach (Education), this unique program combines curricular and co-curricular experiences intended to build upon the talents and interests of each student.
Applicants for any Razor’s Edge program must complete an interview on campus during a Shark Preview weekend. To be considered for a Razor’s Edge program please submit your application for admission as described above AND submit the following:
Alexandra Hartmann Senior Associate Director of International Admissions Direct: (954) 262-8005, Cell: 954-661-5101 Alexandra.Hartmann@nova.edu
Mirela BatistaInternational Admissions CounselorDirect: (954) 262-8036, Cell: (954) 398-4118Mirela.Batista@nova.edu
At Nova Southeastern University, we recognize the challenges students, families and educators have experienced and continue to face due to earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes, and flooding. As families and schools are working toward recovery, we want to support students and educators during the admissions application process who have been affected by these disasters.First, NSU will be flexible on application priority dates should you need additional time to complete and submit your application for admission and all supporting documents, such as transcripts and test scores. You may receive priority date reminders from us, but please know that we will work with you on an individual basis to accommodate your situation.Second, NSU will not require the guidance counselor recommendation 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 Admissions Committee will proceed with application review and the student will receive equitable consideration.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.