Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university located in Flagstaff, Arizona, United States. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and has 36 satellite campuses in the state of Arizona. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Flagstaff campus hosts approximately 20,000 students.

As a student, you are at the center of the NAU experience, which is guided by a dedicated and distinguished faculty committed to teaching, individual engagement, and research excellence.

To find out more about NAU please visit


Campus facilities

Approximately 7,400 undergraduate students live on campus in 21 residence halls.

Clubs and societies

Meet like-minded peers and enhance your college experience by joining one of our university clubs and organizations. NAU has over 200 to choose from—so many clubs, so little time!

Variety of categories to be involved with:

  • Academic
  • Advocacy
  • Club Sport
  • Cultural
  • Recreation/Game
  • Religious
  • Representative
  • Service/Honorary
  • Learning  Community

Greek life 

Greek life is about friendships, leadership, service, and fun. But more importantly, it’s about having an instant support system away from home. Check out NAU fraternities and sororities for one that might fit you.

Campus Recreation Services offers a variety of programs to help you stay active and healthy such as intramurals and club sports to group fitness classes and personal training.

Student Learning Centers offer free tutoring and peer mentoring services, access to computer labs, and other resources for academic success.

Medical Services is an on-campus clinic that provides students, faculty, and staff with convenient and quality healthcare. Medical Services offers both primary and urgent care.

Counseling Services provides trained counselors who will help you cope with the adjustment to college life, relationships, anxiety and stress, and other issues.

Inclusion and Multicultural Services promotes academic success and personal growth with culturally-relevant services for students from historically underrepresented groups.


Academic calendar

Autumn semester: August - December

Spring semester: January - May

To view the academic calendar online click HERE

  • You will enroll for your classes after you arrive on campus and meet with your academic adviser. Students must have proof of immunizations before registering for class.
  • International Student Orientation is mandatory. During orientation you will meet with your academic adviser and enroll in classes; you may NOT enroll before you come to campus.  You will also learn about working on campus, academic skills, Northern Arizona University laboratories and research facilities, applying for a Social Security Card, immigration requirements, and international student services.

Academic life

The average class size at NAU is 38 students. Student-to-faculty ratio is 21 to 1

American universities use the Carnegie Classification definition of a credit hour. A credit hour is defined as at least twelve and a half hours of direct faculty instruction (in class or remote sites) with at least twenty-five hours of student work outside of that direct instruction, usually spread over fifteen weeks, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.

Typically, courses are 3 credits each, meaning that students meet in class and/or online for 2 ½ hours a week and do academic work outside class at least five hours a week over a fifteen-week semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. Courses that carry 4 or 5 credit hours require approximately one or two more hours of work each week in classes and require at least 1.67 or 3.33 additional hours of academic work outside class each week over a fifteen-week semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.


You must enrol in 15 US credits (approx. 4-5 courses).

The courses you choose must be approved by your Programme Director.

  • If you intend to take any other courses which have not been approved you must email your Programme Director

  • All courses must be taught and examined in English

  • No credit will be given to any courses taken without the approval of your Programme Director

  • All questions regarding your courses should always be directed first to your Programme Director.



Passing requirements

In order to pass your SPA semester you must obtain a pass in 12 US credits.

Students who fail to pass all their courses will be required to make up the missing credits.

Please contact the Outbound Unit ( for more details.

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at NAU.


The university is in the heart of Flagstaff- the cultural hub of northern Arizona. It is a 10 minute walk to downtown from campus, where you can enjoy art galleries, restuarants and events in Heritage Suare, eclectic shops, music venues, and coffee houeses, Flagstaff is a small, safe city with a poulation of 65,000.

There are more than 288 days of clear sunshine per year and students do not need a car; you can walk or ride a bicycle on campus and throughout the town. There is also a free campus and city shuttle  for all students.

The average summer temperature is 25 degrees Celsius and the average winter temperature is 5 degrees Celsius.

Flagstaff is located adjacent to Mount Elden, just south of the San Francisco Peaks, the highest mountain range in the state of Arizona. Humphreys Peak, the highest point in Arizona at 12,633 feet (3,851 m), is located about 10 miles (16 km) north of Flagstaff in Kachina Peaks Wilderness.


Students must complete a housing application and pay the required application fee to live on-campus.

Have a look at this link to find out more about accommodation option at NAU:

Cost of living

You will receive a $500 scholarship when you arrive on campus to help pay for some initial expenses.

Estimated costs provided by NAU:


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Mandatory Health Insurance



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Students who have been nominated to study at NAU will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.


Visa requirements

On receipt of your application, NAU will issue an Acceptance Letter and DS-2019 form. These should be taken to the US Embassy in order to apply for a J-1 visa (for Exchange Visitors).

Students are required to pay a $100 SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fee.The fee must be processed at least three business days prior to the date of the visa interview. This fee is paid to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the US. It cannot be paid at the Embassy.

For more information visit this website. You will need to provide a receipt of payment for the SEVIS fee and additional documentation for the visa application. Check with the embassy that you will be applying from for their specific requirements.

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.


Northern Arizona University
PO Box 5598
Flagstaff, AZ

Contact: Zach Tobin
Department: Center for International Education
Phone: 001 928-523-8336
Fax: 001 928-523-9489

Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: USA
Language of tuition: English
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Bilateral Exchange partner

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