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F A S T   F A C T S
Location | Lexington
Population | 341,000
Enrollment | 32,710
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment

Term Dates
Fall | 08/21-12/15
Spring | 01/08-05/03

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

A residential campus in the heart of the Bluegrass. Walking distance to downtown
UK offers a broad range of academic resources centred on a single campus
UK Men's basketball is a religion in Lexington.

About This Campus

The University of Kentucky (UK) is a public research university located in Lexington, Kentucky. Founded in 1865, it is one of the state's largest and most prominent institutions of higher learning. UK offers a wide range of undergraduate programs across various disciplines, including arts and sciences, engineering, business, agriculture, communication, health sciences, and more. Known for its strong emphasis on academic excellence and innovation, UK is home to renowned faculty members and offers cutting-edge research opportunities. The university is also recognized for its vibrant campus life, including athletics, cultural events, and a strong sense of community. UK enrolls 31,000 students, around 1,400 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 universitie

Location Information

Located in the heart of the Bluegrass Region, Lexington offers a beautiful and picturesque setting for the campus. The area is known for its rolling hills, horse farms, and scenic landscapes. The university is set on a 784-acre campus with a mix of historic and modern buildings, providing a blend of tradition and innovation. The campus is conveniently located directly south of downtown providing easy access to various amenities, shopping centers, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

Helpful Information

UK offers a vibrant residential campus life with a large number of students choosing to live on campus in one of the many modern dorms. Off-campus accommodation is also available although it can be challenging to find a place for just one semester. Some coursework in the College of Business & Economics is in high demand, and we can't guarantee access to all classes in advance. Outside of class choose from hundreds of student organizations and clubs to enhance your academic life.
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Home Payment |Closed
Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
Home Payment |Limited
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RegistrationClosed Programs
Health Sciences, Public Health, Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Architecture, and Nursing. Courses in College of Education with EDC, EDL or EDS prefix. UK Distance Learning and online courses are not available to NSE participants.

Some upper-level courses have prerequisites that limit enrollment to majors only. Registration is limited in fields such as Engineering.

Notable Academic Programs

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

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Aerospace Engineering, African American Studies... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • General Eligibility Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • Most upper level courses (300 and 400 level) have pre-requisites. Students must demonstrate they have fulfilled their home institution equivalent of these pre-requisites to be considered for the 300 or 400 level course at UK. Students admitted at undergraduate level are not eligible to enroll in courses offered at 500, 600, 700 and 800 level.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
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
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 11/07/23

Finances Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 18 ($541 per additional hour)

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $50.00 Year Home Mandatory
Housing Deposit $150.00 Year Home Mandatory
Health Service Fee $150 Semester Home Mandatory
ID Card $20.00 Year Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $300 Year Home Optional
Orientation Fee $50 Year Home Mandatory
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

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: $272 for periphery parking. $504 for residential parking.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 11/07/23

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing
  • 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. You will housed with the general UK population. NSE students must submit their own application for on-campus accommodation. Early application is strongly recommended as demand can exceed supply. All on-campus housing requires enrollment in minimum 10 meals per week plan.

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
Students living on-campus are automatically enrolled in minimum 10 meals per week plan ($1920) and can upgrade their meal plan after on campus housing is confirmed. The All Access Blue unlimited meal plan costs $2440. View all meal plan details - https://uky.campusdish.com/MealPlans


Figures per Semester are current as of 11/07/23

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


Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
A Disability Accommodation request must be noted on your NSE documentation. Contact the NSE coordinator at the University of Kentucky for more information.

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