University of North America Opens its Doors to International Students

University of North America Opens its Doors to International Students

University of North America (UoNA), located in Fairfax, Virginia, extends an open hand to international students in the Washington DC area. The university is authorized to enroll non-immigrant F1 Visa students to pursue graduate and undergraduate programs in areas that are in high demand by students and employers. UoNA offers the latest academic innovations, advanced campus technologies, and student and career services.

The UoNA programs are focused on exceptional training in business and technology that are student-centered, career-oriented, and globally focused. Dr. Peter C. West, Vice President of Academic Affairs, stated  to the Afrikan Post:

“The University of North America, which just celebrated  its 10th year of offering high-quality education, has carved a niche for itself as a transformational university by offering applied learning methods that are tailored to the needs of its students.”

According to Dr. West, a distinction of UoNA is its tuition, which is one of the most affordable among other accredited higher education institutions in the Washington DC metropolitan area.  In addition, UoNA offers flexible class schedules that include evening, weekend, and online options for working professionals who are concurrently balancing personal, work, and educational pursuits. The university faculty has both industry experience and exceptional academic credentials. Many of the faculty are employed in the disciplines they are teaching, which enables them to relate relevant theories to real-world practices. Student are able to get individualized attention in classes that mirror typical workplace environments.

Mr. Kirit Udeshi, Director of Regional Development –South Asia, said: “We are committed to helping everyone in the local and international communities to get them ready for the workforce through UoNA’s collaborative learning experience.” UoNA’s applied learning approach emphasizes professional experiences that are directly related to a student’s major area of study.
Mr. Culver Fortna, International Student Office (ISO) Manager, in addition to assisting international students with obtaining a visa to study at UoNA, he supports all students with health, housing, insurance, guidance for English as a second language learners, and cultural integration with campus life at UoNA. International students have many opportunities through UoNA’s applied learning curriculum that includes Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT), which are concurrent employment experiences for eligible students and program graduates. In addition, UoNA offers scholarships for H1-B Visa holders and US military personnel.

Majority of UoNA programs are recognized as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) degrees, which are in high demand by international students. Of its 300+ currently enrolled students, a majority are pursuing a master’s degree. Based on full-time, continuous enrollment, a student can complete their master’s degree within a year and a half, although many students take an approved quarter-off to explore opportunities while in the US and graduate within two years.

Each master’s program list below requires completion of a minimum of 54 quarter-hour credits or 12 courses, which consist of 2 common core courses (9 credits), 5 program core courses (22.5 credits), four elective courses (18 credits), and a capstone course (4.5 credits).

UoNA Master’s Programs

Master of Science in Cyber Security (MSCYS)

Master of Science in System and Application Engineering (MSSAE)

Master of Science in Management and Data Analytics (MSMDA)

Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS)

Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT)

Master of Science in Accounting and Finance (MSAF)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)


UoNA two bachelor’s degree programs require a minimum of 180 quarter-hour credits to graduate; full-time continuous enrollment enables students to complete the program in approximately 4 years.

UoNA Bachelor’s Programs
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT)
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)

Admission to UoNA begins with a simple process. Once an applicant completes an application form on the UoNA website (, they will be contacted by an admission representative who, in coordination with academic and student services personnel, will assist them with the rest of the process.

Originally established by Jill and Claude Martin 10 years ago in Vienna, Virginia, the University of North America is accredited by ACICS, certified by the state of Virginia, and recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

University of North America is located at 4375 Fair Lakes Court Fairfax, Virginia 22033

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