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Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY


About This Campus

Western Kentucky University is a comprehensive research-based university. WKU's mission is to prepare students to be productive, engaged leaders in a global society. WKU aspires to be the university of choice for students who are dedicated to academic excellence. The university offers an inviting, nurturing, and challenging environment, responsive to the intellectual, social, and cultural needs of a diverse learning community. The Spirit on WKU's campus is dynamic and upbeat, with Bowling Green being a quintessential college town and campus at its center. WKU offers countless ways for students to be involved on campus, from over 350 student organizations and leadership/volunteerism opportunities to a robust intramural sports program and outdoor recreation activities center. WKU also presents a series of cultural advancement programs each year, including musical performances and presentations by artists, activists, and authors. We are always excited to welcome NSE students to campus

Location Information

The Hill commands an impressive view of Bowling Green, an attractive city of 60,000, approximately 75 miles from Nashville. The region features great outdoor recreation and cultural attractions usually only found in larger cities. From the many city parks to the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center and the Bowling Green Ballpark, home to the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the community offers your choice of activities. We are also within 30 minutes of Mammoth Cave National Park.

Helpful Information

The cost of off-campus housing, food and other life necessities is lower than many larger U.S. cities. While we recommend that students live on campus, there are several off-campus options within walking distance to campus. WKU offers an excellent bus system travelling to the historical downtown square and main shopping centers. Once you experience being a Hilltopper, you will remain one for life. Go Tops!

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Bowling Green
Population | 114,000
Enrollment | 20,277
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/23-12/10
Spring | 01/18-5/6

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 2%
Black | 9%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 3%
Two or more | 3%
White | 77%
Other | 5%
International | 0%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Chinese Flagship, Nursing

Courses in the following majors may be difficult to access because of prerequisites, auditions, priorities for majors and other conditions. Engineering, Honors College, Health and Human Services (Public Health, Speech and Communication Disorders, Dental Hygiene, Environmental Health Science, Health Care Administration, Exercise Science), College of Business (all departments), Journalism and Broadcasting, Teacher Education, Computer Information Systems, Systems Management, Music, Dance.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Public Relations
  • Recreation Administration
  • Journalism and Broadcasting
  • Biology
  • Engineering

Unique Academic Programs

  • Folk Studies and Anthropology
  • Horticulture
  • Criminology
  • English (Professional Writing)
  • Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Advertising
  • African American Studies
  • African Studies
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • American Studies
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel/Fashion Design
  • Applied Biology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Arabic
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Broadcasting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Management
  • Cell Biology
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Chinese
  • Civil Engineering
  • Coaching
  • Communication
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Construction Management
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dance
  • Data Processing
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dietetics
  • Drawing
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Health Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Equine Science
  • Exercise Science
  • Family Consumer Science
  • Family Studies
  • Fashion/Retail Merchandising
  • Film
  • Finance/Banking
  • Fine Art
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Government
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Administration
  • Historic Preservation
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality Management
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Kinesiology
  • Literature
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Technology
  • Meteorology
  • Military Sciences
  • Molecular Biology
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Nutrition
  • Organizational Communications
  • Painting
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Philosophy
  • Photo Journalism
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Planetary and Space Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Recreation Management
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Rural Sociology
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science
  • Special Education
  • Sports and Leisure Studies
  • Sports Management/Administration
  • Studio Art
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Teacher Education
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Technical Writing
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Tourism Management
  • Urban Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Water Management
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Women and Gender Studies


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 N/A 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 accept on either

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/11/21

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $6480.
  • 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 Host Payment students.
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
  • Host Payment: 18 ($540 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 18 ($540 per additional hour)

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment 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 Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002002

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $150 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $125 Year Host & Home Optional

Important Notes: The housing damage deposit is refundable based on check out status.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/11/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 23% living on campus
  • Double: $2400
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
Local transportation includes a campus shuttle system, limited public transportation, and shuttles offered by some apartment complexes near campus.

Meal Plans

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $100 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
WKU offers a variety of meal plans. The prices above reflect the cost of the # of meals per week plus meal plan dollars. See WKU website for more information. There are also pay-as-you-go options.


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/11/21

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,000 per semester.


    Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
    Nashville, Tenesssee, is the closest airport.

    Other Health Related Comments
    International students are required to have health insurance. WKU will review your current policy to determine if a waiver is appropriate.

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