What you need to know
Academics play a central role in the exchange student experience. Finding classes that will be a good fit during your exchange experience is important and can open the doors to new information and new opportunities.
Enrolling in courses
Undergraduate Exchange Students must enroll in a minimum of 12 in-person credits per semester. Graduate Exchange Students must enroll in a minimum of 9 in-person credits per semester.
Prerequisites: A prerequisite is a course you have to take before you can take another course. NAU Academic Advisors will evaluate your transcript and prior coursework to determine your eligibility for the course and enroll you if you have met the prerequisites, and there are seats available.
Waitlist: If a course is full a student can be added to the waitlist, when seats become available the student will be enrolled into the course. You can be on the waitlist for up to 2 courses per semester, but wait-listing does not guarantee enrollment. You should enroll in the required amount of credits, and can make adjustments later if you are enrolled into a waitlisted course.
NAU academic catalog
In NAU’s academic catalog you will find all of the specific detailed information relating to your programs or courses.
Course numbering system
The university course numbering system indicates courses generally available to students at different levels.
Courses that do not require prerequisites are available to students with the necessary level of experience.
- 100 – 299: Lower-division courses primarily for 1st and 2nd year students
- 100 – 199: Introductory and beginning courses
- 200 – 299: Intermediate level courses
- 300 – 499: Upper-division courses primarily for 3rd and 4th year students
- 300 – 399: Advanced-intermediate level courses
- 400 – 499: Advanced level courses
- 500 – 699: Graduate courses are open to graduate students
- 700 – 799: Advanced graduate courses, usually reserved for doctoral students
Blackboard Learn is NAU’s learning management system for online classes and online resources for in-person classes. If you need help understanding how to access or use BBLearn, NAU has put together some helpful tutorials to assist you.
Academic success centers
The NAU Academic Success Centers are great resources for students. They offer free tutoring, academic coaching, and academic workshops.
Transcripts do not need to be requested. Your official NAU transcript will automatically be sent to your home university at the end of your exchange program once your Louie balance is paid in full.