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On Campus:21%
  • Fall 08/22-12/15
  • Spring 01/11-05/11

Tuition & Payments
You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
UNEVEN - Host campus accepts a few more students than it sends out.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
EVEN - Host campus accepts no more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:

Additional Information
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Campus Diversity
1%Native/First Nation
0%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
4%Two or more races

Campus Links
Home Page
Outgoing Students
Incoming Students

NSE Links
Policies & Procedures
Campus Detail Info
Member Campus Links

How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
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Campus Is Currently Not Accepting Students

The University of Arizona is a student-oriented, research university. Founded in 1885, the University is dedicated to preparing students for an increasingly diversified and technological world and to improving the quality of life for the people of Arizona. The UA is ranked 16th nationally in terms of research funding, and several of the University's academic programs are ranked in the top 20 nationally.

Campus Location - The University of Arizona is located in a unique geographical region, the Sonoran Desert, and situated in a southwestern, urban setting in close proximity to the U.S. border with Mexico. With a Spanish, Mexican, and Native American heritage, Tucson provides a fitting environment for a university dedicated to diversity. The city offers an abundance of cultural activities, while the mountains that surround the city provide phenomenal hiking, biking, and mountain climbing opportunities.

Helpful Information - There is affordable off-campus housing available with an easy commute. The campus is large, but most buildings are centrally located and the campus is easy to navigate by walking or bike. There is also a lot of school spirit, boasting ZonaZoo, the largest student section in the PAC-12.

Closed Programs
We will NOT accept Business majors even if "needs major classes" is "no" on application. Closed Business majors include: Accounting, Business Administration, Business Economics, Business Management, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management. **Other closed programs: Nursing, Physiology, Animal Sciences (Race Track Industry Emphasis), Retailing & Consumer Sciences.

Only Plan A students will be admitted to the following programs: Biology/Chemistry, Communication, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Public Management and Policy, and Sociology. College of Fine Arts programs may require applicants to submit a portfolio, video, attend an audition or submit other documentation prior to course placement. Architecture requires a portfolio review. Engineering requires a review of pre-requisites (after the NSE Placement Conference) and approval from the College of Engineering. Engineering students should have Calculus 1 & 2 and Physics 1 & 2 already completed. Experience and high scores in Math and Science coursework will be required for Engineering admission.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Anthropology - The School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona has a long and proud tradition of scholarly excellence and leadership in the discipline and was ranked as one of the best Anthropology programs in the United States, according to the National Research Council.
  • Philosophy - Housed in our College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, the Philosophy program is a top ranked program in the U.S.
  • Geology - UA ranks #1 among U.S. graduate Geology programs.
  • Public Health - The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at UA is the first and only accredited public health college in Arizona.
  • Architecture - The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the UA is the nation's leader in sustainable design and planning for arid regions.

Special Options
Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Agriculture: Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Technology Management, Agronomy, Animal Sciences, Equine Science, Horticulture, Land Resources, Life Sciences, Ornamental Horticulture, Plant and Soil Systems, Plant Science, Soil Science, Veterinary Science, Water Management

Anthropology: Anthropology, Archaeology

Architecture: Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Design

Area Studies: African Studies, Chicano/Mexican American Studies, Chinese Studies, East Asian Literature/Studies, International Studies, Islamic Studies, Japanese Studies, Judaic Studies, Latin American Studies, Mexican American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Native American Studies, Russian Studies, Slavic Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Computer Graphics, Drawing, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Media Arts, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art

Biological Sciences: Bioinformatics, Biology/Life Science, Cell Biology, Entomology, Evolutionary Biology, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Wildlife Biology

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Electronic Media and Culture, Journalism, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address

Consumer and Family Studies: Consumer Sciences/Services, Family Studies

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Legal Studies

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Atmospheric Sciences, Earth Science, Geology, Geosciences

Economics: Environmental Economics

Education: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Instructional Sciences, Mathematics, Science, Secondary Education, Special Education

Engineering: Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Geological Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mineral/Mining Engineering, Systems Engineering

English: Creative Writing, English, Linguistics

Environmental Studies: Conservation Biology, Ecology, Energy/Environmental Policy, Environmental Biology, Environmental Education, Environmental Education, Environmental Geology, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Fish and Game Management, Fisheries Science, Natural Resources, Range Management/Resources, Wildlife Biology/Science, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Management

Food Science: Nutrition

Foreign Language: Arabic (some courses), Chinese (some courses), French, German, Greek, Interpretation/Translation, Italian, Japanese (some courses), Language and Culture, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

General Studies: Arts and Science, Classical Studies, Gender Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Physical Geography, Regional Analysis/Planning, Spatial Geographic Information Science

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Dietetics, Public Health

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Science, Information Science, Information Systems, Information Technology

International Studies: International Studies

Mathematics: Mathematics

Military Sciences: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, Naval ROTC

Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Music History, Music Performance, Music Theater, Music Theory and Composition, Music/Jazz Studies, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Production

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Asian Religions and Culture, Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Geophysics, Materials Sciences, Physics

Political Science: American Political Science, International Affairs/Relations, International Studies, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs, Public Policy Studies

Psychology: Human Development, Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Gender Studies, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Womens Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Speech Pathology and Audiology

Quick Links Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.75 GPA
  • Note: The 2.75 GPA requirement for admission is absolutely required. Course prerequisites are strictly enforced and for this reason UA is generally not a good choice for most juniors and seniors. Many upper division classes will be subject to additional course fees.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Fall Only
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Not available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of N/A paper, N/A computer or 70 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students
  • No graduate or post-baccalaureate students
Summer Exchange
  • Plan B
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students
  • Figures are current as of 6/30/2016.
  • Estimated cost: $5,894.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • 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 Plan A students.
Tuition and Fees - 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 Plan B students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Plan A: 19
  • Plan B: 19
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 6/30/2016.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee: $200 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit: $200 Year Plan A & B Optional
Health Insurance: $900 Semester Plan A & B Optional
ID Card: $25 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee: $500 Year Plan A & B Optional

Important Notes: *All students should be aware that parking fees range from $200 (off-campus park and ride) to $650 (on-campus garage parking) for the academic year. *International Students should be aware of these additional fees: $100 international student fee per semester, $125 international student orientation fee, health insurance (required) fee is approximately $900 per semester.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $0 per semester.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 001083

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

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
  • Figures are current as of 6/30/2016.
  • Expect 5% or more increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on the average room and meal plan selected by NSE students. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your selected room type and meals.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • Double: $5,650 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 20
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 20
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $500
  • Proximity to campus: .5
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Many off-campus housing options are located close (walking distance) to campus. Resources for assisting students in finding off-campus housing can be viewed at

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
Notes About Meal Plans
With a Wildcat Meal Plan, you never pay state sales tax and you receive a 3%, 5%, or 7% discount off every purchase. There is also a Commuter Plan, where you can add to your account at any time and are exempt from the 6.1% state sales tax. For more information:

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