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University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

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  1. A green campus in the heart of the Bluegrass. In walking distance of downtown
  2. UK offers a broad range of resources centred on a single campus
  3. UK Men's basketball is a religion in Lexington.

About This Campus

The University of Kentucky is located in the heart of the Bluegrass region in Lexington, KY, which is known as the Horse Capital of the World. UK is the flagship university of the state of Kentucky, a leading research institution, and one of only seven universities in the country to offer the full range of academic programs on one, centrally located campus – Agriculture, Architecture, Business, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy. UK enrolls 30,000 students, around 1,600 of them international students from almost 120 different countries. UK's William T. Young Library is among the world's leading research libraries. Its book endowment is the largest among public universities and ranks second only to Harvard University among all the nations universities. UK is an active research institution committed to becoming a world-class research-intensive institution, and as such is the ideal location for exchange students looking for research opportunities

Location Information

The University of Kentucky is located in Lexington, KY, which is in the central region of the state. The UK campus is within easy walking distance of the city center. Lexington's Blue Grass Airport is a 20 minute drive from campus. There's a free, frequent shuttle bus service within campus, and UK students can use their Wildcat ID card to ride the city's buses for free.

Helpful Information

UK offers a vibrant campus life with many students living on campus. There are also a great number of off campus residences within walking distance. UK students have the opportunity to get involved in many different student organizations and clubs to enhance their academic life. UK has a great tradition in athletics that is almost unmatched by other universities.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Lexington
Population | 310,000
Enrollment | 30,277
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/17-12/04
Spring | 01/13-05/07

Campus Diversity

White | 73%
Black | 7%
Hispanic/Latino | 5%
Asian | 3%
Native/1st Nation | 0%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 3%
Other | 9%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • Before seniors
Closed Programs
Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Architecture, and Nursing.Courses in College of Education with EDC, EDL or EDS prefix.

Some upper-level courses have prerequisites that limit enrollment to majors only. Registration is limited in fields such as Engineering. Upper division Economics and Accounting courses are difficult to obtain.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Geography
  • Equine Science
  • Cytotechnology
  • International Studies
  • Astrophysics

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • African American Studies
  • African Studies
  • Agricultural Biology
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • American Studies
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Asian American Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Astrophysics
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Caribbean Studies
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Communication
  • Communication Disorders
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Network Security
  • Dance
  • Dietetics
  • Digital Arts
  • Digital Communications and Media/Multimedia
  • Drawing
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Equine Science
  • Ethnic Studies
  • European Studies
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Family Consumer Science
  • Family Studies
  • Fashion/Retail Merchandising
  • Fiber, Textiles, and Weaving Arts
  • Finance/Banking
  • Food Science
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Hispanic-American/Puerto Rican/Chicano/Latino Studies
  • Historic Preservation
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Interior Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Jewish Studies
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Land Use Planning and Management
  • Landscape Architecture/Design
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Logistics
  • Marketing
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Merchandising and Buying Operations
  • Microbiology
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Military Sciences
  • Mineral/Mining Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition
  • Organizational Behavior Studies
  • Painting
  • Performance and Directing
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Science
  • Political Science
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Russian
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Sculpture
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Technical Writing
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Tourism Management
  • Toxicology
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Zoology


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
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 527.00 paper, 197.00 computer or 71.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (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 Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 19 ($503 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/10/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $50.00 Year Plan B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $150.00 Year Plan B Mandatory
ID Card $17.00 Year Plan B Mandatory
Parking Fee $272.00 Year Plan B Optional

Important Notes: The housing deposit is only required for those students applying to live in on-campus housing. There is also a $50 application fee for on-campus housing. Parking fee: $296 for commuter. $272 for periphery parking. $448 for residential parking.

Financial Aid

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

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/10/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 37% living on campus
  • Suite: $6304 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $600.00
  • Proximity to campus: 1
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
UK offers a wide range of on-campus housing options at a range of prices - http://www.uky.edu/housing/ Almost all on-campus accommodation is 2 or 4 person suites with individual bedrooms. UK does not reserve on campus housing specifically for NSE students. They are housed with the general UK population. NSE students must submit their own application for on-campus accommodation. All on-campus housing requires enrollment in minimum 10 meals per week plan.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1620 per semester for 10 meals per week.
  • $2095 per semester for 21 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
Students living on-campus are automatically enrolled in minimum 10 meals per week plan and can upgrade their meal plan after on campus housing is confirmed. $2095 is the cost for the All Access Blue unlimited meal plan. This includes $250 flex. View all meal plan details - https://uky.campusdish.com/MealPlans/Category?cat=2019_Fall_Resident_Plans_6975&lid=6975

Health Ins.

Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/10/20.

Important Notes about Health Insurance
NSE students from within the USA are responsible for their own health insurance.
UK does not review or require proof of a valid health insurance policy.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,003 per semester.

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