Northern Kentucky University – Highland Heights, Kentucky

Northern Kentucky University (NKU) is a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus of Highland Heights in Kentucky. It is just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati, Ohio and close to Newport, both vibrant cities where you can explore miles of nature trails and attend music, food and cultural festivals all year long.

The Northern Kentucky Norse are the athletic teams of Northern Kentucky University. They participate in the NCAA I which is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States.

Programmes of study

Northern Kentucky University academic programs are organized into seven colleges including the Haile/US Bank College of Business, Chase College of Law and School of the Arts. They offer over 80 undergraduate majors including Business, Law, Humanities, Media, Theatre, Education and lots more. NKU has a 19:1 student to faculty ratio which means there is a close relationship between staff and students.  The Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project integrates academics with experiential philanthropic work and there are many other Civic Engagement opportunities available to students.       

Exchange students will be required to follow a full programme of study for the academic year based at Northern Kentucky University.

DMU student stories

Emily’s year abroad studying in the USA

Emily Haisman is a third-year student at DMU currently studying Psychology. She shared her experience of studying at Northern Kentucky University in the USA. I knew travelling and spending a year on exchange was something I wanted to do and when I was applying to DMU I wanted to make sure that was an option….

Travel & accommodation

  • Travel – the nearest major airport to Northern Kentucky University is CVG – Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Please consult the ‘Getting to NKU’ page for more information about the airport pickup service offered and alternative transport links.
  • Accommodation – exchange students are required to live on campus and are guaranteed a space in on-campus housing. There are various options available, including single, double and quad rooms. Housing rates can be found here along with information about meal plans. 

Visas & insurance

  • Visas – To take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that you meet US immigration requirements .
  • Insurance – DMU insurance is not sufficient for studying on exchange in the US, and students are required to purchase health insurance while attending Northern Kentucky University.


Living costs in the US tend to be higher than those in the UK. We recommend that you do further independent research to gain a better understanding of the cost of your year abroad. To help you, we have a created a simple cost comparison between the UK and USA: