Airline Pilot Program for International Students

International Students Airline Pilot Program

What are the requirements to begin flight training?

Students enrolling in this airline pilot program (international students) must meet basic requirements:

  • First, you must be at least 17 years old.
  • Also, you must have a high school diploma or equivalency.
  • Students must be able to obtain an FAA medical certificate.
  • Most importantly, you must be proficient in English.
  • Additionally, you must hold a valid passport with at least 6 months before expiration.
  • Furthermore, you will need to apply for and receive an M1 visa.
  • Finally, you must be available to be a full-time student 5 days per week.

What is the cost for flight training?

Airline Pilot Program – International Students

Zero Experience to Airline Pilot
Total Course Tuition $69,917.00 USD

Starting with Instrument Course
Total Course Tuition $41,095.00 USD

Starting with Commercial Course
Total Course Tuition $24,042.50 USD

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How many international students has Epic trained?

International Graduates

Epic is proud to have helped thousands of international students from more than 80 countries! Our flight training helped prepare flight students for careers in aviation with more than 300 airlines. Visit our Student Profiles to see the success of Epic flight students from around the world. For instance, you can search for students from your country to view their flight achievements. Epic’s airline pilot program (international students) is here to serve you.

What is the course sequence for the Airline Pilot Program for International Students?

Private Pilot License Sequence

Virtual Flight Academy

Virtual Online Flight Academy: First of all, the Virtual Flight Academy course provides online interactive pilot training. This is designed for students to be able to prepare for flight training from home prior to arriving at our flight school. The course provides training videos with information on Cessna 172s and aircraft systems. Also, you’ll cover aircraft performance, FAA regulations, and the New Smyrna Beach Airport, our home base. Also, virtual training provides you access to Epic’s FAA Flight Instructors. They will provide support. Additionally, the course provides collaboration. Therefore, students can connect with each other before arriving at Epic. Try our free Online Demo Course.

ASD and Private Pilot Ground School

Aviation Skill Development (ASD) and Private Pilot Ground School: The ASD is a unique course offered only by Epic. During this phase of flight training, Ground School students will build on the Virtual Flight Academy classes. Also, you can start flight simulator training. The purpose of ASD is to familiarize students with the Cessna 172 and the New Smyrna Beach Airport. Most importantly, ASD increases students’ safety and awareness.

Private Pilot License (PPL)

Private Pilot: This course covers flight training under Visual Flight Rules (VFR). We teach this in conjunction with the ASD and Ground School. As a result, you will learn basic aerodynamics and FAA regulations. Similarly, you will learn aircraft weight & balance and aircraft performance. After successful completion, you will be able to fly a single-aircraft solo in VFR conditions. Learn more about our Private Pilot Course.

Instrument Rating (IR)

Instrument Pilot: This course covers flight training Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). For example, you’ll learn procedures specific to instrument flying. Also, you’ll receive additional instruction in meteorology. Furthermore, you can expect more intensive training in flight solely by reference to instruments. After successful completion, you will be able to fly a single-aircraft solo in IFR conditions. Learn more about our Instrument Pilot Course.

Commercial Pilot License Sequence

Commercial Single-Engine Land (CSEL)

Single-Engine Commercial (Option A): This course covers flight training IFR in a single-engine complex aircraft. Furthermore, you will meet commercial pilot standards. After successful completion, you will be able to fly a single-engine complex aircraft in IFR conditions.

Commercial Multi-Engine Land (MSEL)

Multi-Engine Commercial (Option B): This course covers flight training IFR in a multi-engine aircraft. Similarly, you will meet commercial pilot standards After successful completion, you will be able to command a multi-engine aircraft in IFR conditions.

Time Building

PIC Time Building

Pilot-In-Command Time Building: If you do not reach the minimum time required by your CAA, you may want to train a little longer. The total of flight time during the time building phase is based on respective aviation authorities. Also, the hiring airline will have specific requirements. Each country and airline may vary. Please reference your country’s minimum requirements.

How long does it take to become an airline pilot?

Depending on each country’s civil aviation authority, total flight time requirements will vary. Training at Epic can be completed in less than one year. Most countries require either 200 to 250 hours of total flight time.

What countries are represented at Epic?

Epic has trained thousands of students from more than 80 countries. While we accept students from every country, we have additional information about the following countries:

This is just a short list of the many countries whose students we serve. Regardless of your country of origin, we can provide the training you need for your aviation career. In other words, we are ready to help you become a professional pilot!

How does Epic help me become an airline pilot?

Structured Flight Training

Epic provides international students with step-by-step structured flight training. We have trained pilots to fly for more than 300 airlines all around the world. Whether you have had no exposure to pilot training or are transferring from another training facility, we offer quality flight training in a new-generation aircraft fleet. You can go from zero flight experience to a commercial pilot career in as little as one year. Our programs meet the requirements of all Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA). If you have already had some flight training, you can convert your training through Foreign Pilot License Verification. Most importantly, if needed, financing options may be available.


Epic Flight Academy provides important resources for its international flight students, including housing options. Also, our new generation fleet of aircraft and excellent flight instructors ensure optimal training. Our online Virtual Flight Academy lets you connect with your instructor and classmates before you arrive in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The online course helps you develop aviation skills and build a knowledge base of aviation terms and concepts. Therefore, you will have an advantage when you begin attending Epic’s Ground School. We have compiled the most frequently asked questions by our international students to provide specific information.

English Support

While attending Ground School, you can also receive English tutoring. This can support your Aviation English skills, if needed. Once you successfully complete your pilot training at Epic, you are certified by the FAA to ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) Level IV English. We welcome students of all nationalities. Most importantly, we are ready to welcome YOU to begin flight training for a career in aviation.

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FAQ International Students

What are the most frequently asked questions about flight training at Epic?

We receive many questions from international students and responded to the most frequently asked questions to help you make the best decision for you. Below are the three most common questions:

Q: What does English Proficiency Endorsement mean for International Students?

A: Be sure your English is proficient! As of March 5, 2008, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) stated specific requirements. Pilots who operate internationally must have a certificate stating that the pilot is proficient in the English language. This includes all private, commercial, and airline transport pilots with powered aircraft ratings. For instance, you must be able to speak, understand, and write in English. Therefore, before applying to flight school, be sure your English is proficient for all communications!

Q: What is Epic’s campus like?

A: We have a large campus and would love to have you visit. Or, you can take a virtual tour of our campus. Also, you can get a look at our top-notch facilities and resources here at the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport. We also encourage prospective students to schedule a Discovery Flight Introductory Lesson with us. This will give you a feel for flight training with one of our Certified Flight Instructors.

Q: What if I need help with transportation and housing?

A: We understand that selecting and applying to a flight school and arranging travel and housing can be very stressful. Our pilot training facility assists students in arranging each detail. Therefore, the transition is simple and easy. Finally, visit our Student Life section for more information on our student amenities, transportation, events, and activities.

Are pilot salaries still on the rise around the world?

Yes! For example, in 2022, the average airline pilot salary was $225,740. Salaries vary by country, airline, and type of aircraft. However, pilots remain well paid around the globe with continued employment security. Furthermore, upon completion of your flight training at Epic, you may transfer your flight training hours toward an associate’s degree. Our college degree programs with Daytona State College and Purdue Global are open to all students. This is not required, but we are happy to make this available to our flight students. A college degree can positively impact a pilot’s earning potential.

What if I have other questions?

You can view the most Frequently Asked Questions for international students. Also, you can also post questions and comments in our Pilot Forum. Most importantly, we are here to help and look forward to answering your questions. You are welcome to contact us anytime!

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