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  • Fall 08/31-12/18
  • Spring 01/19-05/15

Tuition & Payments
You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
UNEVEN - Host campus accepts a few more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:

Additional Information
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How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
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UTRGV offers students 46 programs of study across seven academic colleges.

The Rio Grande Valley, with close proximity to the Gulf Coast, provides unparalleled opportunities to study in areas ranging from international business and cultural border issues to marine biology and environmental science. With the SpaceX launch site planned in Brownsville, the region is also an emerging global hub for the aerospace industry.

We are the second largest Hispanic-serving institution in the nation, with an emphasis on educating 21st-century leaders and professionals who are culturally fluent and have a deep understanding of the perspectives, languages, and values of different cultures.

Our students find daily opportunities to innovate and collaborate with faculty and global leaders in industry, business, medicine, science, education, and technology. Our facilities, such as the Coastal Studies Lab, Center for Biomedical Studies, Center for Excellence in STEM Education, among others.

Campus Location - UTPA is located in Edinburg, Texas, approximately 15 miles north of the US/Mexico border and 70 miles west of South Padre Island.

Helpful Information - UTRGV is one university spread across two main campuses in Edinburg and Brownsville. The majority of students (about 21,000) attend classes at the Edinburg campus and a smaller group (about 8,000) attend at the Brownsville campus. NSE students would be located, most likely, on one campus or the other and would not be expected or required to travel between them.

Special Options
Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: Anthropology, Ethnic Studies

Area Studies: Chicano/Mexican American Studies, Cinema and Cultural Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, Hispanic Studies, Latin American Studies, Mexican American Studies, U.S. - Mexico Border Health Issues

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography, Theater Art

Athletics: Exercise Science, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science

Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Business Information Systems, Finance/Banking, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Public Administration

Chemistry: Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Journalism, Mass Communication, Organizational Communication, Print Media, Radio and Television Studies

Computer Science: System Administration

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice

Earth Sciences: Geology, Physical Sciences

Economics: Economics

Education: Bilingual, Child Care, Curriculum/ Instruction Supervision, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Health Education, Junior High/Middle School, Junior High/Middle School Mathematics, Kindergarten Education, Language and Literacy, Learning Disabilities, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Preschool Education, Reading, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Spanish, Special Education, Teaching and Learning, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Technical Education, Theatre Education

Engineering: Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering

English: Business Writing, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, Language and Literacy, Linguistics, Literature, Poetry, Professional Writing, Rhetoric, Technical Writing, Writing

Environmental Studies: Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies

Foreign Language: Arabic (some courses), Chinese (some courses), French, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish

General Studies: Arts and Science, Gender Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership Studies, Liberal Studies, Spanish Literature

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Disorders, Dietetics, Disaster Studies, Health Education, Health Science, Kinesiology, Nursing, Occupational Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Public Health, Rehabilitation Sciences, Substance Abuse/Addictions

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science

International Studies: International Relations, International Studies

Marine Sciences: Marine Biology, Marine Sciences

Mathematics: Mathematics

Performing Arts: Dance, Design/Technical, Music Education, Music Performance, Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Design Technology, Theater Production

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: International Affairs/Relations, Political Science, Public Policy Studies

Pre-Professional : Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Child Psychology, Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Social Work, Sociology

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Speech Therapy

Theater: Performance and Directing

Registration Priority
  • N/A
GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
  • None.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500 paper, 173 computer or N/A Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students
  • No graduate students
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students
  • Figures are current as of 9/3/2015.
  • Estimated cost: $3,605.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan A students.
Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan B students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Plan A: None.
  • Plan B: 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 9/3/2015.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit: $150 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003599

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

  • Figures are current as of 9/3/2015.
  • Expect 5% or more increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on the average room and meal plan selected by NSE students. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your selected room type and meals.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • Suite: $3,600 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $500
  • Proximity to campus: 1
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1083 per semester for 10 meals per week.
  • $1150 per semester for 14 meals per week.
  • $1186 per semester for 17 meals per week.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.