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International Profile

A whole new world at Nova Southeastern University

At Nova Southeastern University (NSU), we value our diverse student body, which includes people from many different countries, cultures, and age groups. We’ve earned international acclaim for the quality of our academic programs, drawing students here from all over the world to pursue their degrees. Our reputation for excellence continues to grow—and you can be a part of it.

As an international student at NSU, you’ll gain access to a wealth of academic resources. With more than 50 undergraduate degree programs, small classes, and distinguished faculty, NSU helps you focus on your future by preparing you for a lifetime of success.

To ease your transition, there are numerous clubs and organizations that welcome international students. One of the largest clubs on campus is Nova International Student Association (NISA), which provides a family atmosphere for international students and hosts a variety of special events to enrich your NSU experience—personally and professionally.

shark bite: The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides complete support and advisory services. OISS can answer your questions and help with any immigration-related issues you may have.

Academically speaking
With the personal attention and intimate class sizes of a small, private college, and the powerful academic resources of a well-rounded research university, NSU is the ideal place to get a solid foundation in your major.

Professors, not assistants, do all the teaching, with an average class size of just 22 students. Because almost all of NSU’s renowned graduate and professional schools are right here on campus, you can earn your master’s or doctoral degree here too.

Dual Admission Program
If you have a laser-like focus on your career goals, consider our Dual Admission Program. You’ll automatically have a reserved spot in one of NSU’s graduate or professional programs while you earn your bachelor’s degree.

Farquhar Honors College
For high-achieving students who want to be challenged, check out our Farquhar Honors College. Engaging and thought-provoking course work provides life-changing learning opportunities through research, social activities, career-defining internships, and study across the world.

shark bite: Our students come from 116 countries and five continents. All of them are here to get the most from their education, their college experience, and their community.

Life beyond the classroom
So many things distinguish NSU: academic reputation, community involvement, the South Florida lifestyle, and spacious, comfortable residence halls, featuring free Wi-Fi and utilities, private bathrooms, plus easy access to recreation, on-campus dining, and of course, your classes.

NSU’s ultramodern main campus in Fort Lauderdale features one of the largest libraries in Florida, the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center. The library’s five floors are packed with academic resources, have total wireless access, and a café.

The student recreation complex, the RecPlex, is next door inside the Don Taft University Center. So as soon as you’re done working, you don’t have to go far to play. Inside, you’ll find the Flight Deck lounge, a performing arts theater, one of the best workout facilities in Florida, and The Shark Tank, a thundering 4,500-seat arena, home to the NSU Sharks NCAA Division II athletics. We also have more than 120 clubs and organizations on campus, along with a powerful student government, socially active fraternities and sororities, and intramural sports.

The South Florida lifestyle
Beyond our beautiful campus, fantastic shopping, world-class sporting events, festivals, and concerts await. You’ll also enjoy lots of sunshine and an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. The beach is a 15-minute drive to the east and the Everglades are 15 minutes to the west. South Beach is about a half hour away. Orlando’s famous theme parks are three hours away. So is Key West. Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? At NSU you can add the excitement of exploring a whole new culture to your college experience.

Finding answers and improving lives
Research is an integral part of NSU’s mission and one of the ways we give back to the community. Advanced research is focused on discovering new ways to improve health care, protect the environment, and enhance human interactions.

Restoring coral reefs, developing anti-cancer therapies, regenerating teeth with stem cells, protecting wildlife through DNA forensics, and treating chronic fatigue syndrome are just a few ways NSU is making a difference.

shark bite: NSU’s new Center for Collaborative Research (CCR) will house an IBM supercomputer, one of Florida’s largest wet labs, the NSU Technology Incubator, and some of the world’s most accomplished researchers.

Are you ready to be a Shark?
We bet you will be once you come see us. With our clean and comfortable campus, and abundance of on-campus student activities and sports, life at NSU is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. We’ll take you on a tour of our 127-hectare campus in one of our chauffeur-driven golf carts so you can experience the whole South Florida vibe.

You’ll learn about our challenging and rewarding curriculum, as well as our supportive faculty, who want to help you succeed. But there’s one more thing you’ll discover that’s even more powerful: the sense that you fit in perfectly. And you can leave knowing that your ideal college experience, one that prepares you to be a force in your chosen field, is waiting for you.



Fort Lauderdale, Florida South Florida is a global destination with something for everyone. Our South Florida campuses are close to beaches, museums, and theaters, with easy access to Orlando and the Keys.


Type of university: Private, independent, not-for-profit university

Size of campus: 127-hectare main campus

Number of students: Ninth-largest not-for-profit university in the United States, with over 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 1,231 international students on the main campus as of 2013

Number of faculty: 600 full-time faculty members

Colleges, programs, and degrees: Sixteen colleges and schools, with undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business fields, education, allied health, and nursing; more than 50 undergraduate degree programs

Geographic diversity: Students from 50 states and 116 countries from five continents

International student services: Student services from point of admission until graduation

International student budget: Budget and services for the 2014–2015 academic year in U.S. dollars:
Tuition     $25,950
Room (Based on double occupancy)    $7,280
Meal Plan (Based on declining balance meal plan)    $2,600
Total     $35,830

Financial aid: International undergraduate students may be eligible to receive merit-based scholarships ranging from $2,000 to full tuition.

Test score requirements: A TOEFL computer-based score of 213, paper-based score of 550, or Internet-based score of 79 or an IELTS score of 6; SAT Verbal score of 480 or above, or ACT Verbal score of 20

Application deadlines and fees: International students may begin undergraduate course work in mid-August or early January and should apply at least two to three months ahead of time to allow for processing and evaluation.
A nonrefundable $50 (USD) application fee must accompany the application.