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Information for Incoming Students

Are you interested in spending a semester or an academic year at the University of Utah? Would you like to access unique courses or programs of study that our campus has to offer? Are you interested in graduate schools or future employment in Salt Lake City? Do you want to study in our diverse natural environment, a historic city, and the capital of the state of Utah?

On this site, you'll find information to help you determine if an exchange opportunity through NSE to the University of Utah would be a good fit for your academic and personal goals. If you have any questions as you review the information on this page, please contact the NSE Office at the U!

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Wondering if the University of Utah is the right choice for you? Here are just a few of the reasons to consider the U for your National Student Exchange experience...

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Academics

With over ninety academic programs open to exchange students, it's easy to find the right area of study to meet your educational goals. Over 180 classrooms and 1,200 laboratories provide learning areas for traditional and innovative programs.

Colleges, Departments, & ProgramsList of MajorsLisT of MinorsGENERAL CATALOG

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Adventure

There are over fifty national & state parks and seven ski resorts within just a few hours' drive from campus and Campus Rec provides rental equipment for students. Explore Utah's unique landscape, take advantage of the greatest snow on earth, or both.

National ParksSTATE PARKSSki UtahCampus Recreation Services

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Athletics

With twenty NCAA team champions, Utah Athletics accepted an invitation to join the Pac-12 in 2011. With a valid student ID, you'll be able to get into almost any athletic event for free. If you'd rather play than watch, sign up for intramural sports or a for-credit fitness class.

Utah AthleticsStudent TicketsIntramural SportsFitness Classes for Credit

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Arts

Home to the state of Utah's flagship fine arts museum, an arboretum that doubles as a concert venue, multiple theatres, and a natural history museum, the U is at the heart of Salt Lake's arts & culture scene. The best part? Admission to many is free with your student ID.

MuseumS & GalleriesTheatre ProductionsKingsbury HallMore Arts Options

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Activities

The U hosts over 500 academic, social, and athletic student groups and safe-space centers. The Bennion Center is our gateway into service opportunities around campus, the community, and even beyond. And that's just the beginning of ways to get involved on campus.

Student GroupsStudent CentersBennion Community Service CenterFind Your Experience

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Attractions

Salt Lake City is home to historic Temple Square, multiple professional sports teams, world-class shopping & entertainment, and a diverse assortment of dining experiences. And all of it is just a free (with student ID) bus or Trax ride away.

Visit Salt LakeHistoric Temple SquareUtah Sports TeamsStudent Pass for Public Transit

playlist_add_checkVerify Eligibility

Set yourself up for success by checking to see if you meet the following minimum requirements.

  • You are a non-Utah resident
  • You are a full-time student at your home institution
  • You have and will maintain at least a 2.6 cumulative GPA
  • You are in good academic standing at your school
  • You will have no incomplete grades from previous semesters prior to your exchange
  • You will have no current or pending probationary status due to academic dishonesty, misconduct, or a violation of codes of student conduct prior to your exchange
  • You will have no outstanding financial obligations to the U prior to your exchange
  • You will not be on probation, parole, or have any pending legal judgments against you prior to your exchange
NOTE: Your institution may set additional requirements (such as a higher minimum GPA) for exchange partipation. Be sure to contact the NSE Coordinator at your home campus for specific eligibility requirements.

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An exchange through NSE allows you to earn course credit towards your degree from the classes you take at the U. It is up to your home campus to decide how grades and credits are applied.

Talk to you home campus NSE coordinator for details of credit and grade policy for your campus. Prior to exchange, you will develop a written advising agreement with the assistance of your academic advisor and your home NSE coordinator in order to identify how courses satisfactorily completed at the U will be applied to your home campus degree program.

NOTE: Failure to secure a signed approval for how courses taken on exchange at the U will fit into your degree requirements may delay your graduation or may not fit into your program as expected. A written advising agreement, in whatever form it takes at your home campus, is essential to ensuring you will recieve credit and/or grades for the courses you take on exchange.

attach_moneyConsider the Cost

The University of Utah offers two payment plans to pay for your exchange: pay the University's in-state tuition rate or pay normal tuition to your home campus.

Plan A: Pay the University of Utah

You will pay the resident tuition and mandatory fees to the University of Utah. You will pay the in-state/in-province tuition rate regardless of your residency status at your home campus.

If you plan on requesting federal financial aid during your exchange, you will seek that aid from the University of Utah.

Our Plan A option is OPEN, which means we will accept all eligible applicants who pay with Plan A. If you meet our eligibility requirements and choose Plan A, you will be accepted at the U.

Minimum Credit Hours: 12
Maximum Credit Hours: 18°

Plan B: Pay Your Home Campus

You will pay the normal tuition and mandatory fees to your home campus. If you currently pay non-resident tuition, you should expect to continue to do so while on exchange.

If you plan on requesting federal financial aid during your exchange, you will seek that aid from your home campus.

Our Plan B option is EVEN, which means we accept no more eligible applicants on Plan B than we are able to send out. We have very limited Plan B spots and they are very competitive.

Minimum Credit Hours: 12
Maximum Credit Hours: 15°
° $208.00 will be charged for each additional credit hour that exceeds the maximum credit hour limit.

Course Fees

Whether using Plan A or Plan B, you are expected to pay fees which are assessed as a condition of enrollment in courses (such as differential tuition, laboratory fees, art and photography supplies, course surcharges, field studies, student teaching, internship, service learning) to the University of Utah.

Room & Meals

Whether you exchange on Plan A or Plan B, if you live in on-campus housing, you will pay room and meals directly to the University of Utah. If you live off-campus, you may incur additional costs for housing, transportation, and food.

Transportation

Whether using Plan A or Plan B, you are expected to pay for transportation to and from the U, personal expenses, and travel opportunities while on exchange. Transportation cost depends on your current access to major transit and distance from Salt Lake City.

As you can see above, the cost of attendance is more than just tuition. Please consider course fees, room & meals, transportation, and personal expenses when calculating the cost of your exchange to the University of Utah. The figures below are our best estimates and are subject to change.

Plan A Semester
Tuition for 15 Credit Hours1 3,703.85
Fees1 554.99
On-Campus Housing2 2,447.00
Meal Plan3 2,173.00
Semester Parking Permit4 (Optional) 135.00
NSE Activity Fee 75.00
Total Cost for ONE Semester $8,970.09
Plan B Semester
Tuition for 15 Credit Hours  
Fees  
On-Campus Housing2 2,447.00
Meal Plan3 2,173.00
Semester Parking Permit4 (Optional) 135.00
NSE Activity Fee 75.00
Total Cost for ONE Semester $4,711.25
Plan A Full-Year (Two Semesters)
Tuition for 30 Credit Hours1 7,407.70
Fees1 1,109.98
On-Campus Housing2 4,874.00
Meal Plan3 4,173.00
Academic Year Parking Permit4 (Optional) 240.00
NSE Activity Fee 75.00
Total Cost for TWO Semesters $17,879.70
Plan B Full-Year (Two Semesters)
Tuition for 30 Credit Hours  
Fees  
On-Campus Housing2 4,874.00
Meal Plan3 4,173.00
Academic Year Parking Permit4 (Optional) 240.00
NSE Activity Fee 75.00
Total Cost for TWO Semesters $9,362.00
1 Financial & Business Services Undergraduate Lower Division Freshman/Sophomore Undergraduate Tuition Per Semester, Resident (Fall 2016-Spring 2017)
2 Housing & Residential Education Residence Halls & Apartments Rates & Dates (2016-2017)
3 Housing & Residential Education Residential Meal Plans (Academic Year 2016-2017)
4 Commuter Services Student Permits (Academic Year 2016-2017)
Plan B totals DO NOT include Tuition & Fees. Factor in the anticipated the cost of normal Tuition & Fees charged at your home campus (based on your residency status) for an accurate cost estimate. For more information, contact the Financial Aid office at your home institution.
All students taking Upper-Division Business Courses (3000-5999 courses in the School of Business) will be charged an additional $190.27 per credit hour. All students taking Upper-Division Nursing Courses (3000-5999 courses in the College of Nursing) will be charged an additional $73.03 per credit hour. All students taking Upper-Division Engineering Courses (3000-5999 courses in the College of Engineering) will be charged an additional $52.32 per credit hour.

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After exploring what the U can offer you, making sure you meet all the requirements, and developing a plan to finance your exchange, you are ready to apply! Get in touch with the NSE Coordinator at your home campus as see how you can apply for an exchange to the U next year.

You can exchange to the U for a single semester (Fall or Spring) or a full academic year (Fall and Spring). Many schools stop accepting students for the upcoming year in March, but the University of Utah will accept students after the March deadline. These placements are called post-conference placements and will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Plan A students have a much higher chance of post-conference acceptance after the March deadline as most (if not all) of our Plan B spots are likely to be full.

Deadline for Fall 2017 Exchanges: Friday, April 28th, 2017
Deadline for Spring 2018 Exchanges: Friday, September 1st, 2017

If you have questions about the U as an exchange option or how to calculate the cost of a Plan A exchange to our campus, please contact us! For questions about verifying your eligibility, paying with Plan B, or completing an application, contact the NSE Coordinator at your home campus.

Last Updated: 10/25/16