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Location | Kingston
Population | 30,639
Enrollment | 17,609
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host

Term Dates
Fall | 09/04-12/20
Spring | 01/22-05/08

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI

48 U.S. states, 76 nations; 25% of first years identify as students of color
$902M investment in capital projects and improvements across four campuses
18.6% Tenured faculty identify as people of color

About This Campus

Welcome to the URI community! The University of Rhode Island offers you a welcoming community, a beautiful campus near the ocean, and countless options for creating the future of your dreams.This is the place where you will forge lifelong friendships, learn more about yourself and the world, and build the foundation for the rest of your life. As a major research university defined by innovation and big thinking, URI offers its undergraduate, graduate, and professional students distinctive educational opportunities designed to meet the global challenges of today’s world and the rapidly evolving needs of tomorrow. That’s why we’re here. And we hope you will be, too, to spend a semester or academic year learning with us.

Location Information

Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but it’s easy to navigate and there’s plenty to discover no matter what path you follow. URI is located in the historic town of Kingston, minutes from the beach, 30 miles south of Providence, 75 miles from Boston, 160 miles from NYC, with Newport just across the bay. The Kingston Amtrak Station is right down the road from campus, T.F. Green Airport 20 minutes away, and for your RI destinations, RIPTA runs dozens of buses from campus every day.
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Closed
Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Good
Understand Chances of Placement


RegistrationClosed Programs
Nursing, Pharmacy.

Business and Engineering are limited. Clinical and practical lab courses, such as nursing, pharmacy and education are limited to URI students only. Enrollment in Landscape Architecture courses is limited and requires special admission consideration based on an applicant's portfolio of previously completed work.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Oceanography - Our nationally recognized program is a leader in ocean instrumentation and robotics, underwater acoustics, marine hydrodynamics and tsunamis, coastal modeling, marine geomechanics, coastal and offshore structures, and offshore power generation. Our students balance rigorous fundamental courses with practical laboratory and field experience utilizing our coastal location, a 100-foot wave tank, an acoustic tank and a 42-foot research vessel.Physics and Physical Oceanography B.S. Physics The Bachelor of Science in Physics and Physical Oceanography program is unique in the entire United States. It is jointly offered by the Physics Department and the Graduate School of Oceanography. Students in this program are optimally prepared for graduate studies in oceanography. The B.S. in Geology and Geological Oceanography has two options: Geology Track Geological Oceanography Track It is designed for students with an interest in earth, environmental or oceanographic science careers or affiliated fields such as environmental law and earth/environmental science education. Geoscientists are employed by three segments of the economy: private, government and academia. Opportunities exist with private companies in environmental protection and management and the petroleum industry has again begun to hire significant number of geologists.
  • Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design - Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of fashion with a degree in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design (TMD). Classes focusing on textiles and the fashion business are complemented with supporting course work in marketing, consumer behavior, sustainability, technology, innovation, and creative skills. This comprehensive course of study will give you a deep understanding of the development, buying, promotion, and selling of apparel and home furnishings. You’ll also gain a full understanding of the global textile and apparel supply chain—from design to the consumer. So, while you can focus your degree on a specific part of the supply chain, you will know them all, and you’ll be equipped to communicate with experts in the fashion world outside your area of concentration. This degree, which offers three concentrations—in fashion merchandising, apparel design, and textile science—serves as a bridge between theory and practice, providing a tremendous opportunity for hands-on learning. Program highlights include internships, study-abroad opportunities, and dual degrees with a “fashion” language (Italian or French). The Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design is endorsed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association. https://web.uri.edu/business/about/tmd/
  • Marine Sciences - URI will lead the new $94 million NOAA Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute to support ocean exploration, responsible resource management, improved scientific understanding of the deep sea and to strengthen the nation’s Blue Economy. “…The Blue Economy [is] expected to more than double its contribution to the U.S. economy and employ 40 million people by 2030….NOAA’s new cooperative institute will be on the front lines helping NOAA explore and characterize the 3 billion acres of U.S. ocean territory… The Marine Biology Program involves over 200 students in the B.S. Marine Biology degree program, which is administered by the Department of Biological Sciences. Most of our students are from out-of-state – from 15 states (including Florida, Texas, California, and Hawaii) each year, and from around the world (Germany, Phillipines, India, Netherlands, Mexico, China in the past several year. The Marine Affairs B.A. is an interdisciplinary study of the effective marine and coastal management. Subject areas include management of fisheries and marine ecosystems, coastal management, and maritime transportation and ports. The B.S. program puts a heavier emphasis on science and mathematics, with specialty areas that include: fisheries and marine ecosystems, coastal management, maritime transportation and ports, and ocean policy. This degree provides a strong educational background for continued study in law—especially environmental, fishery, coastal zone, admiralty, and ocean law.
  • Aquaculture and Fisheries Science B.S. - The Aquaculture and Fisheries Science program at URI is one of the oldest aquaculture programs in the northeastern United States. The program is designed to prepare you for academic, professional, or technical careers focused on the use and conservation of aquatic animals by humans. The program not only allows students to graduate with a stronger focus on aquaculture or fisheries depending on their career interests, but also to complement this solid foundation with a variety of complementary skills that are directly applicable to the job market (e.g. scientific diving, handling of small boats, business management, entrepreneurship, economics, policy, oceanography, environmental sciences, etc.) through targeted offerings from our program and many other programs at URI. https://web.uri.edu/favs/academics/aquaculture-and-fisheries-science-b-s/
  • Engineering - With five departments and more than 25 programs, including our world-renowned International Engineering Program, the College of Engineering challenges and prepares students for problem-solving on a global scale. Built around a hands-on, dynamic environment, classroom experiences combine with internship opportunities, student organizations, and an Engineering Living Learning Community to provide the kind of well-rounded education needed in the real world. Disciplines: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, mechanical engineering, and ocean engineering are all accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. A $150M investment in the Fascitelli Center for Advance Engineering (opened in 2019) and the recent approval of a state bond to build the new Ocean Engineering building at the Bay Campus is giving URI Engineering some of the best engineering facilities in the country. https://web.uri.edu/engineering/

Unique Academic Programs

  • Global Language and Area Studies: Arabic Studies, Classical Studies or Japanese Studies - The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Global Language and Area Studies (GLAS). Students studying in the GLAS major choose one of three tracks: Arabic Studies, Classical Studies, or Japanese Studies. The Global Language and Area Studies B.A. is designed to allow you to emphasize either language learning or area studies knowledge. The major begins with an introductory course, requires a minimum of four semesters of language, at least one area studies course, and concludes with a project-based capstone that gives you a chance to show off what you have learned about the language and the region. All majors are expected to reach Novice High in their focus language on the ACTFL scale–though most will reach much higher than this–and all will gain a working knowledge of the culture, history, or religion.
  • Landscape Architecture B.L.A - URI’s Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.) degree is a four-year, 126-credit program, fully accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The program is designed to prepare you for professional careers in public and private practice. URI offers the only accredited BLA program in the state of Rhode Island, and one of only a handful in New England. Employers seek out our graduates because they know they’ve had high quality training, and in-depth experience. At URI, landscape architecture means building better communities. It encompasses issues like environmental sustainability, coastal resiliency, and the many other complex problems caused by the effects of people and land coming together, including climate change. Here you’ll work with real-world clients to learn how to design for sustainable communities, protect coastal areas, establish culturally and environmentally sensitive landscapes, and much more.
  • NonProfit Administration B.S. - Nonprofit organizations embody all that is right and just, forging a way for people to work together for a common good and transform beliefs into actions. Leaders of nonprofit organizations face important and complex challenges every day to strengthen the social sector. The Nonprofit Administration program will help you to develop the knowledge and professional competencies to address important social needs, mobilize community support, and build satisfying careers in the nonprofit and public sectors. This program will help you gain critical skills that will improve your ability to increase the effectiveness, sustainability, and social influence of organizations in the not-for-profit sector. Courses are held at the Feinstein Providence Campus. https://web.uri.edu/ceps/academics/nonprofit-administration/curriculum/

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

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GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of N/A paper, 213.00 computer or 79.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • N/A
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/10/24

Finances Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Pay resident-rate tuition to your host campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your home campus
  • Estimated cost: $8471.
  • Figures are based on full-time enrollment.
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
  • Host Payment: 19 ($588 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 19 ($588 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
Housing Deposit $200 Semester Host & Home Optional
Parking Fee $180 Semester Host & Home Optional
Transcript Fee $50 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

Important Notes: A course fee may be charged for certain undergraduate courses. Depending on the course, the fee can range between $25 - $250. Please refer to the following web page for further information https://web.uri.edu/tuition-billing/tuition-and-fees/additional-fee-information/course-fees/.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/10/24

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $600-1300
  • Proximity to campus: varies
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
While there are many housing options on-campus among 26 different dormitories, we cannot guarantee that you will have the accommodation of your choice. Our staff will work to secure on-campus housing for all visiting students. We can guarantee on-campus housing for students who follow the application process and meet all deadlines. Most students will be assigned to either a double-room or triple-room occupancy residence hall. Details on assigned housing will not be confirmed until one month prior to the start of the semester. URI offers a variety of inclusive housing options to ensure that students of all gender identities and gender expressions have a comfortable and supportive living space. We respect and honor the privacy of our students, so current procedures do not require you to disclose your reason for seeking gender-inclusive housing or your roommate requests. https://web.uri.edu/housing/gender-inclusive-housing-options/ For students pursuing off-campus housing may view properties at https://commuters.apps.uri.edu/property/. Please note that public transportation is limited for off-campus housing.

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
There are three different meal plan options for students living on-campus. The room/meals amount listed is the average cost for meals at URI. There are several meal plans available to students who are living off-campus. Please view the options at https://web.uri.edu/dining/ for more information.


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/10/24

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $3135 Year Host & Home Waiver Available

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Fall-only rate is anticipated to be $1,058
Spring-only rate is $2,092

The Accident/Sickness Insurance fee is a mandatory fee that is assessed during the fall semester (and spring semester for “spring-only” students) to all matriculated, full-time, Kingston Campus students, and to all international students. This fee may be waived if a student is already insured under a health plan with comparable coverage. Please visit the Health Services website for instructions on how to file a waiver online via e-Campus: https://web.uri.edu/healthservices/insurance/.

You can either use the plan offered by URI, or request a waiver if you already have comparable coverage. To submit a waiver if you have comparable health insurance, please visit https://web.uri.edu/healthservices/insurance/health-insurance-waiver/.

There is also an option to enroll in a dental plan through URI. https://web.uri.edu/healthservices/insurance/

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance


Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
80% clients seen on the same day.
200+ daily appointments

Services provided include ambulatory medical services, office visits, specialty clinics, allergy, immunization and travel services, psychiatric services, and pharmacy, x-ray and laboratory services on site. Our Health Promotion Department provides educational programs along with nutritional services and counseling.

Other Health Related Comments
* Failure to submit required health information by the deadline may result in a hold on your account that could hinder your ability to register (including add/drop) for classes. Please check your URI email frequently, as we will send you an email if you are not compliant with the requirements.

If you have further questions, please call URI Health Services at 401.874.2246.

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