NKU students come from more than 60 countries around the world

Northern Kentucky University students turn their passions into success stories. With more than 72 majors and over 14,000 students, NKU offers something for everyone – rigorous courses, innovative research opportunities, outlets for creative expression and much more. International Student & Scholar Services will support you each step of the way, from admissions to graduation and beyond.


Congratulations! You're admitted. Now what? Head over to our New & Current Student section to find more information on applying for your student visa, tips on the interview process, and preparing for your arrival to the U.S. 
A Northern Kentucky University education will equip you with the skills you need to become successful in your discipline. And with over 70 undergraduate majors and 20 graduate majors to choose from, you're sure to find a program to fuel your ambition.
In addition to being one of the most affordable colleges in the US, Northern Kentucky University offers scholarships that signify our commitment to international students and expresses our strong desire to diversify the university population. 

Your Future Starts Here

Our international graduates work for major companies around the world. It's just another day on the job for NKU International alumnus Emmanuel Garcia at Google in Silicon Valley, California.

Research Opportunities

Experiential learning is at the heart of our academic programs. NKU international students have many opportunities to extend learning in the classroom to real-world situations both on and off campus.

The Great American City

NKU is just ten minutes from the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati is home to eight Fortune 500 companies and was named one of Time Magazine's top 10 cities to start a new career.

Academic Excellence

At NKU, we know academic excellence - we have been ranked on Forbes "America's Top Colleges" 7 years in a row! 


A Safe Place to Call Home

NKU's campus is located in the friendly suburban neighborhood of Highland Heights, Kentucky. Our campus community has been ranked as one of the safest college towns in the country year after year.

Student Life

Your NKU experience doesn't end inside the classroom, and with over 200+ student organizations, a brand new state-of-the-art recreation center, and 16 dining locations, we have everything you need to feel right at home.

Now is the Time.

NKU is the place.

Contact Us

Northern Kentucky University
International Student and Scholar Services
University Center 305
Highland Heights, KY 41099
Email: isss@nku.edu Phone: +1 859 572 6517