Register for housing at the University Housing Webpage.
All first-time freshmen are required to live on campus during their first academic year. (More information about the First-Year Residency Requirement and a list of exemptions can be found on the University Housing website).
In order to submit the on-campus housing application, you will first need to set up your NKU email address at password.nku.edu. Please refer to the second email you received after your NKU Letter of Admission for a 4-letter code that you were given. You will need this code in place of an SSN in order to fully register your new NKU email address. Once you have done this, you will be able to log into the NKU Housing Portal with your NKU username (the part of your NKU email before the @nku.edu).
The deadline to submit your housing form is May 1. However, keep in mind that the sooner you apply for on-campus housing, the more likely it is that you will receive your first preference. International students do NOT have to pay a deposit in order to apply for housing, but once you submit your housing application, you are locked in a contract. Learn more about housing here.
These off campus housing options are NOT part of Northern Kentucky University. However, if you are a graduate, transfer, or non-traditional student (21 years of age or older) interested in living off campus, please visit these resources below:
All international students are required to purchase health insurance through NKU that meets USCIS regulation requirements, and students are automatically enrolled and billed at the beginning of each semester. Do NOT purchase insurance in your home country prior to arriving at NKU. No foreign-based health insurance coverage will be considered for a waiver. Health insurance through NKU costs an average of $1,533 per year and is included in the annual cost of attendance on an NKU I-20.
For more information on our comprehensive international student health insurance plan, you can read through our Health Insurance Requirements.
Buying your ticket to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport (CVG) is only the first step. Read through our Getting to NKU guide to read about important things to bring, as well as how to get to campus when you land.
Fall 2024 students should plan to arrive between August 10 and August 14 in order to participate in International Student Orientation on August 15, as well as mandatory Immigration Check-in on August 13 and 14. The first day of Fall classes is August 19.
You will be required to show documents to the Customs and Border Patrol officer when first entering the United States. Be sure to keep the following documents on hand:
Plan your arrival date in Cincinnati/Highland Heights so that you will have time to:
Once you arrive on campus, try to familiarize yourself with the local area. ISSS has information about many resources that can help you when you first get here. Check out our Life at NKU page to learn more about housing, transportation, finances, health & insurance, American culture - and more!
While we know you do you best to prepare, things happen, and sometimes unforeseen circumstances can arise. If you miss your connecting flight, your itinerary has changed, or any other event causes you to arrive later than expected, read the information below to find out what to do.
If you miss a connecting flight or your flight itinerary changes...
If you know you will be arriving after orientation...
In order to register for classes, an international undergraduate student must first complete the mandatory Online Orientation Modules. These modules will walk you through important information to best prepare you for your advising appointment as well as your overall journey at NKU.
Once a student has completed the modules, they will be put in touch with an academic advisor who will work with them to schedule an appointment for class registration.
Graduate students will need to work with their program director to register for their first semester's classes.
Exchange students who will not be participating in AELP will need to complete the Exchange Student Course Selection Form that was emailed to you by Anne Perry. If you did not receive this form, please email Anne Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friendship Family Sign-up
The International Friendship Family Program is available for any international student studying at NKU as a part of a 1-semester or 1-year exchange program.Although your time in the U.S. may be limited, we are hopefully this program will help you learn and participate in U.S. cultural events; as well as, promote cultural understanding about your home country.If you are a current or incoming exchange student, please apply for the Friendship Family Program using this