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University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

University of Kentucky
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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.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

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Fast Facts

Location | Lexington
Population | 341,000
Enrollment | 31,536
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/22-12/16
Spring | 01/09-05/05

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 0%
Asian | 4%
Black | 7%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 5%
Two or more | 3%
White | 73%
Other | 8%
International | 0%
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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.

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
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • 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.
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
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/10/22

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 18 ($513 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 Year Host Mandatory
ID Card $17.00 Year Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $272 Year Home 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: $272 for periphery parking. $504 for residential parking.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/10/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 38% living on campus
  • Suite: $7000 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
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. 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

Notes About Meal Plans
Students living on-campus are automatically enrolled in minimum 10 meals per week plan ($1747) and can upgrade their meal plan after on campus housing is confirmed. $2249 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


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/10/22

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.


    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.

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