‘Stronger Together Worldwide’ Virtual Exchange Program
NAU’s Virtual Exchange program aims to help students develop intercultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills. Through a mix of synchronous and asynchronous activities, students will have the opportunity to engage with international and domestic NAU students to enhance their understanding of how cultures vary and shape the human experience.
This includes a required one-credit course that will give students the opportunity to:
- Participate in a wellness forum to learn and share tips related to maintaining health and wellness.
- Learn about NAU and the southwest region while engaging in major-specific courses.
- Experience the world through the eyes of their classmates via virtual field trips.
In addition to this course, Virtual Exchange at NAU will provide students with:
- Assistance in enrollment in NAU online courses
- Access to virtual events held by NAU online
- Opportunities to engage with other virtual exchange participants and NAU students in live & informal settings
Do I need a student visa in order to take online classes at NAU? Accordion Closed
No. You can enroll in online classes at NAU without having a U.S. student visa.
Does enrolling in online classes at NAU guarantee that I will receive a student visa in the future? Accordion Closed
No. The student visa interview process is overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through U.S. embassies and consulates in your home country. Having previously demonstrated academic achievement at a U.S. institution could benefit your application, but it does not guarantee that you will receive a student visa for travel to the United States.
What if I enroll in the virtual exchange program and then am able to get a student visa prior to the start of classes in August? Accordion Closed
If you are able to obtain a student visa from the U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country and travel to Flagstaff prior to the start of classes on August 23, we will work with you to make any necessary adjustments to your class schedule to reflect in-person enrollment.
If I receive a student visa in the middle of the semester, can I then travel to NAU for in-person classes? Accordion Closed
International exchange students who obtain a student visa after the start of classes are unable to arrive mid-semester. However, we will be happy to welcome you to NAU for the the Spring 2022 semester starting in January.
When do NAU classes start and end? Accordion Closed
The first day of classes for the Fall 2021 semester (both in-person and online) will be Monday, August 23. All classes will conclude by December 10, 2021.
What time will the classes take place? Will I have to wake up in the middle of the night for class? Accordion Closed
Exchange students should work with the NAU Exchange Student Coordinator to identify and enroll in online classes. This means that you would have the flexibility to view recorded lectures and engage in course content at a time convenient for you in your home country. However, you will need to keep track of due dates for assignments as those will be based on the date & time at our Flagstaff mountain campus.
What online classes are available to me? Accordion Closed
We will work with you individually to develop a schedule of classes. Whatever classes you take, you will be able to focus on these from the comfort of your home.
How many online classes can I take? Accordion Closed
Exchange students can enroll in 6-19 credits, depending on their personal preferences and academic requirements from their home university.
Are there any mandatory classes that virtual exchange participants must take? Accordion Closed
Yes. All virtual exchange participants must enroll in a cultural understanding course (1 credit).
Tuition & Fees
How much does participating in the virtual exchange program cost? Accordion Closed
We aim to keep the costs for the virtual exchange program as low as possible. Approximate total cost is $210 – $500 depending on course selection.
Are there any additional costs for books? Accordion Closed
Every course is different. However, many faculty will upload electronic resources to BBLearn, NAU’s virtual learning software that you will use with all of your classes. You may also need to purchase electronic copies of some books to complete course readings and assignments.
Academic Support & Resources
What online support is available for me while I am enrolled in online NAU classes? Accordion Closed
Are there any fees associated with receiving academic support from NAU? Accordion Closed
The NAU academic support resources are covered by your NAU tuition and fees. No additional cost is required to receive individualized academic support with your online classes.
Enrollment in the Virtual Exchange Program
Can I enroll in the virtual exchange program for the Fall 2021 semester and come to the Flagstaff mountain campus for the Spring 2022 semester? Accordion Closed
Yes! If you are a year-long exchange student, you can participate in the online exchange program for the Fall 2021 semester and then travel to Flagstaff for the Spring 2022 semester.
If you are a semester-long exchange student, you will need to choose between enrolling in the virtual exchange program or delaying until you can travel to NAU for the Spring 2022 semester for an in-person exchange program.
I am ready to enroll in the virtual exchange program for the Fall 2021 semester. What do I need to do next? Accordion Closed
Exchange students should first reach out to their home university in order to receive a nomination and approval. After that has occurred, please email us at email@example.com for enrollment in the ‘Stronger Together Worldwide’ Virtual Exchange Program.
The deadline for enrollment is August 1, 2021. However, class capacities are limited and sometimes classes fill up. You should make plans for enrollment in the virtual exchange program as soon as possible. If you wait too long, your class options could be more limited.
What is the COVID-19 situation in Flagstaff? Accordion Closed
Deferment & Cancellation
I don’t think online virtual exchange program is the best option for me. Can I delay my exchange program at NAU? Accordion Closed
Yes. You can delay your academic enrollment at NAU. Please contact your home university for initial deferment approval. Then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
I’m no longer planning to enroll at NAU. Who should I contact to cancel my exchange application? Accordion Closed
We would love to have you join us at NAU, but we understand that every student has their own academic path. If you have decided to cancel your admission to NAU, please email us at email@example.com to let us know.