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International Applicants

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.

  • 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  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): 79 on the Internet-based test
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS*): 6.0 or higher on the test module
    • Duolingo Test of English: 105 or higher
    • Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE Academic): Overall score of 54 or higher
    • iTep Academic (International Test of English Proficiency): Overall score of 3.9 or higher
    • Passing Level 9 from TALK International
    • Completion and passing of ELS Level 112 Intensive Program English for Academic Purposes
    • SAT verbal scores of 520 or above, or ACT English score of 20

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 University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
3301 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314

Fall Application Options

EARLY DECISION - priority date: November 1, 2020
Early 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.

  • All required materials must be received by November 1, and if admitted, you must submit your enrollment deposit by January 15, 2021.

EARLY ACTION - priority date: November 1, 2020
Early 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.

  • If admitted, you have until May 1, 2021 to submit your enrollment deposit, which serves as your commitment to attend NSU.

REGULAR DECISION - priority date: Extended to March 1, 2020
Regular Decision is a non-binding decision plan and is the final deadline to apply for admission.

  • If admitted, you have until May 1, 2021 to submit your enrollment deposit, which serves as your commitment to attend NSU.

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) enrollment 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.

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-$19,000 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 $23,000 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 Admission programs must submit SAT and/or ACT scores and complete an interview during a Shark Preview weekend. To be considered for Dual Admission, please submit your application for admission as described above AND submit the following:

  1. Supplemental Premier Program application

Priority Date: February 1, 2021

Razor’s Edge Scholars is a premier academic and co-curricular program named after NSU's mascot, Razor the Shark. With five tracks to choose from in Global, Leadership, ResearchShark 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 Scholars program must complete an interview on campus during a Shark Preview weekend. To be considered for a Razor’s Edge Scholars program please submit your application for admission as described above AND submit the following:

  1. Supplemental Premier Program application 

Priority Date: February 1, 2021

Contact Us:

Alexandra Hartmann
Senior Associate Director of International Admissions
Direct: (954) 262-8005, Cell: 954-661-5101

Mirela Batista
International Admissions Counselor
Direct: (954) 262-8036, Cell: (954) 398-4118

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