So, you have been admitted to NKU... Now what?!
Follow the steps below to prepare for your attendance and arrival to Northern Kentucky University, and email us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
In order for us to be better prepared to welcome you to our campus, you will first need to notify us about your plan to attend NKU. This is done by completing our International Intent to Enroll Form. You should only complete this form if you intend to use the I-20 for NKU when applying for your student visa.
You will need to submit this form by May 1 at the latest, and then continue on with the next steps listed on this page. You do not need to pay a confirmation fee until after you have received your student visa, so please only submit the international confirmation form to reserve your spot at NKU.
You will not be able to apply for your student visa until you have received your I-20. If you do not yet have your I-20, please review the Steps for Getting Your I-20 and complete the process as soon as possible. If you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you receive your I-20, you can apply for your student visa. For step-by-step information the process, we recommend that you review NKU's comprehensive guide to Applying for your Student Visa. Websites such as Study in the States can also be helpful in understanding the visa application process. Finally, to review helpful tips on the interview process, we highly recommend reading NAFSA's 10 Points to Remember When Applying For a Student Visa.
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 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 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 $1,500 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.
All students arriving from tuberculosis-endemic countries will be required to take a tuberculosis test after arrival. Your NKU-sponsored insurance will cover the associated costs of this test.
If you wish to take this test in your home country, you must submit appropriate documentation of this test upon arrival. The test must be a Quantiferon-Gold TB test with the full written report in English and signed by a physician in order to waive testing at NKU.
To find out if you are required to take the test, please complete the TB Test Screening Form for Fall 2021. This form is only to be completed AFTER you have registered for orientation.