Northern Arizona University

Area of Study Arts and Humanities, Biology, Business, Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Environmental Practice, Environment and Geoscience, Indigenous Studies, Information Technology, Languages, Politics, Psychology, Science, Social Work, Sports and Exercise Science
Course Language(s) English
Average Credit Load 12 - 19 Credits
Semester dates Fall August - December
Spring January -May

About the University

Founded in 1899, Northern Arizona University is a public university centred on students. Their academic programs, research, public service, and creative endeavours enrich lives and create opportunities in Arizona and beyond. They develop solutions to challenges and drive innovation in a supportive, inclusive, and diverse environment. Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, NAU is built on a student-first foundation – this was true when they opened their doors more than 100 years ago, and it is true now.


Flagstaff, Arizona, United States of America

Flagstaff is a city in the US State of Arizona, surrounded by mountains, desert and ponderosa pine forests. It’s a gateway to the San Francisco Peaks, home to Arizona’s tallest mountain (Humphreys Peak) and the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort. Nearby, Wupatki National Monument has Native American pueblo sites, and Walnut Canyon National Monument is dotted with their cliff dwellings.

Exchange information

Courses available

For more information on courses available, visit the NAU website.


There are several housing options for international students with 21 residence halls on campus, and over 30 restaurants.

Cost of living

Cost of living varies depending on personal needs. The estimated cost of living for one semester is USD 8,500-9,000 and includes:

  • On-campus accommodation USD 3,800
  • Food USD 3,000
  • Health insurance USD 800-1200
  • Textbooks and supplies USD 550

See current exchange rates.

Visa requirements

Exchange Students will enter the United States on a J-1 visa status. To obtain their J-1 visa, they will be issued an acceptance letter and a DS20-19 Certificate of Eligibility once they have successfully applied and been accepted to the Exchange Program.

United States visa requirements vary depending upon the country of origin. Consult with your local US Embassy or Consulate.

Please see the US Department of State Information on J-1 visas for more detailed information.

Other information

Norther Arizona University offers JCU exchange students a $3800 scholarship. Contact the Global Experience Office for availability and eligibility.

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