Is the Fischler Academy open to international students requiring F-1 visas?
Yes! The program is designed so that F-1 international students are able to complete all requirements of the programs and maintain their F-1 status.
Will F-1 students who are admitted to the program also receive the scholarship?
Of course! All Fischler Academy students will receive the $18,000 annual non-stackable tuition scholarship.
Are there any special admissions requirements for international students?
Please review the International Undergraduate Admissions page for all of the international undergraduate admissions requirements.
Can F-1 Fischler Academy students work as university tutors and Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders?
Absolutely! F-1 students are permitted to work on campus for up to 20 hours a week during the academic year so they will gain the same experience (and money!) while they provide academic supports to their NSU peers.
Will international students be able to participate in the international travel component?
The trip will be open to all Fischler Academy students but non-U.S. passport holders may be subject to additional visa requirements and fees (at the student’s expense), as determined by the country of travel. In the event a student will not be able to participate in the trip due to visa restrictions, alternate experiential opportunities will be identified to ensure all learning outcomes will be met.
Will F-1 students be able to complete the required internship and work as a ‘full-time pool substitute teacher’ during the program?
Yes! Students will be able to use the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) F-1 employment benefit to participate in both the required internship and the paid substitute teacher experience.
Will F-1 students be able to interview and receive the guaranteed placement in a public school after they graduate?
Absolutely. After completing the master’s portion of the program, students will be able to apply for and use the one year Optional Practical Training (OPT) F-1 employment benefit to gain this critical experience as a professional in one of Florida’s largest county public school systems. However, F-1 students need to be aware that the OPT benefit tied to the bachelor’s degree portion of the program will be forfeited since this program requires an immediate transition between the undergraduate and graduate level studies.