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University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

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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.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Lexington
Population | 310,000
Enrollment | 30,473
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/20
Spring | 01/15-05/08

Campus Diversity

White | 74%
Black | 7%
Hispanic/Latino | 4%
Asian | 3%
Native/1st Nation | 0%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 3%
Other | 9%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • Before seniors
Closed Programs
Health Sciences, 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. Upper division Economics and Accounting courses are very difficult to obtain.

Notable Academic Programs

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

Special Programs

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Agriculture: Agricultural Biology, Agricultural Business, Agricultural Communications, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Sciences, Agriculture Biology, Agronomy, Animal Sciences, Crop Science/Management, Equine Science, Equine Technology, Horse Management, Horticulture, Land Resources, Plant and Soil Systems, Plant Science, Soil Science

Anthropology: Anthropology, Ethnic Studies

Architecture: Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Design

Area Studies: African American Studies, African Studies, Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, Canadian Studies, Caribbean Studies, Chinese Studies, European Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, Hispanic Studies, International Studies, Japanese Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Russian Studies, Scandinavian Studies, Slavic Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Arts Administration, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Digital Arts, Drawing, Fiber-Fabric, Interior Design, Media Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art

Athletics: Exercise Science, Health and Fitness Teaching, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Bioinformatics, Biology/Life Science, Biotechnology, Botany/Plant Sciences, Entomology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Physiology, Zoology

Business: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Equine Administration, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, International Business, Labor Studies, Logistics, Management, Marketing, Marketing, Retailing and Merchandising, Organizational Studies, Wine Business

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Journalism

Computer Science: Computer Network Security

Consumer and Family Studies: Family Economics and Resource Management, Family Science/Services, Family Studies

Earth Sciences: Atmospheric Sciences, Earth Science, Geology

Economics: Economics

Engineering: Agricultural Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mineral/Mining Engineering, Survey Engineering, Transportation Engineering

English: English, Linguistics, Literature, Professional Writing, Rhetoric, Technical Writing

Environmental Studies: Conservation, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, Natural Resources/Science/Management, Sustainability Studies

Fashion: Apparel/Fashion Merchandising, Textiles and Clothing

Food Science: Food Science, Nutrition

Forestry: Forestry

General Studies: Arts and Science, Classical Studies, Gender Studies, Humanities, Leadership Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Rural Community Development

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Health Promotion, Kinesiology

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Ecogastronomy, Hospitality Management, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Tourism and Travel, Tourism Management

Information Studies: Computer Science

Interdisciplinary Studies: New Media

International Studies: International Studies

Languages: Arabic, Chinese, Classical Languages, French, German, Hebrew, Interpretation/Translation, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish

Mathematics: Actuarial Mathematics, Mathematical Economics, Mathematics, Statistics

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

Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Astrophysics, Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Pre-Professional : Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional, Pharmacy Pre-Professional, Veterinary Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Psychology

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

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
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

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (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 Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 19 ($503 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 05/07/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $50.00 Year Plan B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $150.00 Year Plan B Mandatory
ID Card $17.00 Year Plan B Mandatory
Parking Fee $272.00 Year Plan B 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: $296 for commuter. $272 for periphery parking. $448 for residential parking.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,003 per semester.

Financial Aid

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

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/07/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 35% living on campus
  • Suite: $6123 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living encouraged
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. All on-campus housing requires enrollment in minimum 10 meals per week plan.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1575 per semester for 10 meals per week.
  • $2035 per semester for 21 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
Students living on-campus are automatically enrolled in minimum 10 meals per week plan and can upgrade their meal plan after on campus housing is confirmed. $2035 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/Category?cat=2019_Fall_Resident_Plans_6975&lid=6975

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