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University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH

Hamilton Smith Hall English & Philosophy Departments
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About This Campus

The University of New Hampshire is the state's flagship public institution--a medium-sized "R1" land-grant university. The Durham NH campus looks and feels like a quintessential small New England town. Student enagement and involvement, undergraduate research, and recreational & intercollegiate athletics all play important roles in campus life. UNH Dining has won numerous national awards, and offers a wide variety of cuisine for every cultural taste or dietary need. Our Residential Life staff prides itself on our wide variety of small residence halls with strong and active communities, dedicated to sustainability and activism. "Every day is a great day to be a Wildcat!"

Location Information

Durham, New Hampshire is a small New England college town, just 20 minutes away from Atlantic coast and the quaint, picturesque seaside city of Portsmouth, NH. We offer free regional bus system to all UNH students. Boston, MA is one hour to the south, and Portland, ME one hour to the north. Both are accessible by public transportation.

Helpful Information

Course flexibility is required as no class can be guaranteed. All exchange students must have a 2.5 GPA and a declared major at their home campus! Students considering applying to UNH through NSE are strongly encouraged to visit our incoming student site, and carefully review the list of course restrictions posted there: https://www.unh.edu/nse/incoming-students.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

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and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Durham
Population | 15,490
Enrollment | 13,676
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 8/27-12/12
Spring | 01/23-05/15

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 0%
Asian | 3%
Black | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 4%
Two or more | 2%
White | 83%
Other | 7%
International | 4%
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RegistrationClosed Programs
Independent studies, internships, study abroad are all closed. Upper-division courses are closed in: chemistry, economics, communication, and studio art. Please see our incoming student website for a more extensive, up-to-date listing. https://www.unh.edu/nse/incoming-students

Business and related courses (accounting, economics, marketing, finance) may be limited, and home school must be AACSB accredited. Biology, chemistry, elementary education, microbiology, music, physics, studio arts, and zoology are very limited. Please see our incoming student website for a more extensive, up-to-date listing. https://www.unh.edu/nse/incoming-students

Unique Academic Programs

  • Ecogastronomy - EcoGastronomy integrates UNH's strengths in sustainable agriculture, hospitality management, and nutrition. EcoGastronomy offers a unique academic program emphasizing the interdisciplinary, international, and experiential knowledge that connects all three fields.
  • Homeland Security - The UNH HLS undergraduate major gives students the tools to defend, protect, act, and react to threats small and large, from bioterrorism to data breaches to natural disasters. Built upon the expertise and advice of homeland security professionals across the nation, this program empowers students to think, plan and respond to today's most relevant security issues

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Animal Sciences, Anthropology, Art History... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Students must have a declared major (no "general studies") and a minimum GPA for 2.5. There are no exceptions.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Home Pay
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/17/22

  • 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

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
Housing Deposit $200 Year Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $125.00 Year Home Optional

Important Notes: ALL incoming NSE students are required to purchase our Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) health insurance unless the student can provide proof of qualifying plan. ALL international students must purchase SHBP health insurance.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/17/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 50% living on campus
  • Double: $3830.00
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $900.
  • Proximity to campus: 0-10 miles
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
UNH offers a wide variety of on-campus living options, but all are well-run and well-supervised by professional staff who help build amazing, engaged communities. We offer traditional dorms, suite-style dorms, and furnished on-campus apartments. There are some apartments or suites that are designated "co-ed," where bedrooms may be designated male or female, but occupants of all genders share kitchen, living room, and bathrooms.

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
UNH Dining is amazing, and has won numerous national awards. Meal plans are required for all traditional residence halls and suites, and provide unlimited visits plus a few guest passes. There are ample options available for all dietary choices, allergies, and restrictions. Meal plans are not required (but are recommended) for on-campus apartments, or off-campus students. https://www.unh.edu/dining/


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/17/22

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $1140.00 Semester Home Waiver Available

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Incoming NSE students must purchased our campus health insurance unless they can provide proof of a qualified plan. All incoming students who are not US citizens are required to purchase our plan as well.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,140 per semester.


    Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
    Campus is hilly, and the winter weather can be icy and snowy. Please visit our website at https://www.unh.edu/studentaccessibility

    Other Health Related Comments
    Incoming students must show proof of qualifying health insurance or they must purchase the UNH student health insurance.

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