Join the Global Norse Family

China, India, Nepal, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Vietnam, France...

These are just a few of the more than 55 countries represented in Northern Kentucky University's student body. Students come to NKU from around the world for many reasons. Our reputation for educational excellence is global. Our location in Cincinnati and our proximity to other major US cities is superb. And the opportunities and experiences we offer are transformational.

Explore the pages in this section to learn more about the international admissions process.

Important Dates & Deadlines

January 2020 Intake

Priority Application Deadline: October 1

Overseas Application Deadline: November 15

Overseas I-20 Mailing Deadline: December 1


International Student Orientation: January 6-8

First Day of Classes: January 13



Because some programs may have earlier deadlines, we advise applicants to review the program-specific deadlines to ensure you are submitting your required documentation on time. 

August 2020 Intake

Honors College Priority Application & Scholarship Deadline: January 15

University Housing Priority Application Deadline: March 15

International Merit Scholarship Deadline: April 1

Honors College Final Application Deadline: April 15

Enrollment Confirmation Deadline: May 1

University Housing Application Deadline: May 1

Final Overseas Application Deadline: June 1

Overseas I-20 Mailing Deadline: June 15


International Student Orientation: August 10-12

First Day of Classes: August 17