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Congratulations on your admission to Northern Kentucky University! ISSS looks forward to welcoming you to the United States, and to our home in the heart of Highland Heights, Kentucky. After you’ve confirmed your attendance, there are still several things you need to do to get ready for your first day at NKU. But don’t worry – we’ve included detailed instructions for you in our “Next Steps” page. And if you don’t find the answer to your question here, we’re happy to help point you in the right direction.
Important Dates & Deadlines
COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the many challenges presented by COVID-19, some of our deadlines have been pushed to allow for those who now need the additional time

January 2021 Intake

Priority Application Deadline: October 1

Overseas Application Deadline: November 15

Overseas I-20 Mailing Deadline: December 1 


International Student Orientation: virtual

First Day of Classes: January 11

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August 2021 Intake

Honors College Priority Application & Scholarship Deadline: January 15

University Housing Priority Application DeadlineMarch 15

International Merit Scholarship DeadlineApril 1

Honors College Final Application DeadlineApril 15

Enrollment Confirmation DeadlineMay 1 

University Housing Application DeadlineMay 31

Final Overseas Application Deadline: June 1

Overseas I-20 Mailing DeadlineJune 15


International Student Orientation: August 16-18

First Day of Classes: August 23