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University of Nevada, Reno

Program Overview 

Location: Reno, Nevada
Culture: Student-centric, all-American
Neighborhood: College town, suburban/rural
Housing: On-campus dormitory
English level: Beginner - advanced 

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) was founded in 1874 and offers SAF Scholars a classically American college experience. From its lively Division 1 sports games to its cozy traditional campus dormitories and its hands-on, participation-driven approach to education, UNR has it all.

UNR is a university solely focused on student success, having invested more than $36 million dollars into the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center, which brings faculty, staff and students together under one roof, where they mingle in gathering spaces, meet in “collaboration rooms” and access resource centers.

The city of Reno, Nevada, where the university is located, is home to parks, including the famous Truckee River Whitewater Park located minutes from campus, museums, and entertainment. Outdoor activities, such as hiking, are extremely popular with students and Lake Tahoe, CA is not far away and presents many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. UNR is consistently ranked as one of the Top Ten Colleges for Skiers.

With UNR being a university of traditions, its students since the 1920s have hiked up Peavine Mountain near campus to paint an “N” on it as a show of university pride.

Student Profile

SAF Scholars who would be a right fit for the university would meet concurrent enrollment requirements and have an interest in any of the following departments:

College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, Business, Education, Engineering , Liberal Arts, Science, Desert Research Institute, Division of Health Sciences, Interdisciplinary, which includes Medieval and Renaissance, Nanotechnology, Cybersecurity, Basque Studies, and the Reynolds School of Journalism.

SAF Scholars who wish to study Language only would also be great fit. They would enroll in Intensive English Courses for 20 hours per week in small classes sizes of 12 - 15 students

Outdoorsy SAF Scholars interested in an all-American college experience would also enjoy this program.

Other Programs at University

Progression, Concurrent

Other Comparable Programs

Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall (Late August - Late December)
Spring (Late January - Early May)
Spring Quarter (March – June)
Spring Quarter + Summer (March – August)
Spring Quarter + Summer + Fall (March – December)

Program Strengths

Progression and Concurrent offered at University of Nevada, Reno

Number of Classroom Hours Per Week


Number of Levels

Students select from six levels of instruction from beginning to graduate-prep and the program can accommodate students wishing to improve their general English abilities for academic, professional or personal reasons.

Elective Courses Offered


Progression or Concurrent Notes

SAF scholars who test into or advance to the IELCs advanced level may enroll in one academic course while studying full-time English. Courses can be taken across UNR colleges as long as pre-requisites have been met: Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, Business, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Science, and Journalism. UNR also offers specialty course through their Desert Research Institute, Nanotechnology and Cybersecurity centers, and the highly unusual Basque Studies department.

Students who wish to transfer from IELC to Academic studies at UNR can do so by receiving a recommendation from IELC or receiving an English proficiency sc ore required by the university 61 iBT, 500 PBT, or IELTS 6.0.

Students who receive a recommendation from IELC or have a TOEFL score of less than 100 are required to take the Bridge English Test, which tests reading, writing, listening, and speaking. From these results it can be recommended or required for students to take additional English classes.


Housing Type

On-campus dormitory


Meal Plan D which covers 10 meals per week

Type of Room

Double, triple
Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

4 things SAF Scholars would love about Reno:
  1. Skiing. More than a dozen world class ski resorts are less than an hour away.
  2. Athletics. Exciting Mountain West Conference action.
  3. Culture. The Performing Arts Series brings world-renowned artists to campus.
  4. Variety. Lake Tahoe's hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and skiing are just 30 minutes away.

Life on Campus

SAF Scholars have access to more than 250 clubs and organizations on campus, from sports to hobbies to politics. The student union offers scholars a place to relax, eat and watch a movie.

Last Updated: 1/9/19