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Location:La Crosse
On Campus:40%
  • Fall 09/06-12/21
  • Spring 01/30-05/20

Tuition & Payments
You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
UNEVEN - Host campus accepts a few more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:

Additional Information
Receive From Canada

Campus Diversity
1%Native/First Nation
0%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
0%Two or more races

Campus Links
Home Page
Outgoing Students

NSE Links
Policies & Procedures
Campus Detail Info
Member Campus Links

How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
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UW-L has been consistently ranked as one of the top institutions in the U.S. News World Reports - Midwest rankings.

As a community of 10,000 students, UW-L offers 88 programs of study across three different colleges. Programs of study include traditional liberal arts majors, an accredited College of Business Administration, one of only 12 undergraduate archaeological studies programs and one of the top four Therapeutic Recreation programs in the U.S. The student to faculty ratio is 20:1.

UW-L's residence life program helps create an active, engaged student body. With over 170 student organizations, UW-L is able to offer students learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom.

UW-L is also home to a lively arts community and one of the finest NCAA Division III programs in the country. We offer a wide variety of study abroad programs, and over 400 international students call UW-L home, contributing to our diverse community of learners.

Campus Location - UW-L is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty. Most local hot spots are within walking distance from campus, or can be reachable by city bus, which students can "ride for free" with their student I.D. card. Most students are able to walk/bike to their campus destinations (classes, dining, res halls) within 5-10 minutes.

Helpful Information - Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten "Best Places to Live" in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide for year-round outdoor recreation. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, a Symphony Orchestra, a restored 19th century business district, and a number of galleries/art centers have made La Crosse a center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.

Closed Programs
Athletic Training, Clinical Laboratory Science, Education, Fitness, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Physical Education, Radiation Therapy, Sport Management

College of Business Administration: •Upper division business courses are in high demand, and enrollment may be limited. College of Liberal Studies: •Access to many courses is competitive and cannot be guaranteed. Some music and theatre arts courses require an audition. College of Science & Allied Health: •Must be a declared major in Recreation Management or Therapeutic Recreation to take most of the 200, 300, and 400 level RMTR courses. •Therapeutic Recreation may consider additional admission requirements. •Community Health Education may consider additional admission requirements/course enrollment restrictions.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Archaeology - The Archaeological Studies Major at UW-L is one of the few comprehensive undergraduate degree programs in archaeology in the United States and the only one in the Midwest. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary major that integrates the sub-disciplines of Anthropology with an emphasis on the most advanced archaeological methodologies and a wide array of area studies (e.g., North America, Mexico and Central America, Caribbean, South America, Egypt, Sub-Saharan Africa, etc.), and exposure to the rich cultural diversity of contemporary societies around the world.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnic Studies

Area Studies: Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, Gerontology, International Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Theater Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Coaching, Exercise Science, Fitness and Sports Science, Fitness Management, Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Aquatic Biology, Biology/Life Science, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Radiation Biology

Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance and Operation Management, Human Resource Management, Insurance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Public Administration

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry

Communications: Broadcasting, Communication, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Organizational Communication, Telecommunications

Computer Science: System Administration

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Physical Sciences

Economics: Economics

Education: Adapted Physical Education, Child Care, Early Childhood, Educational Studies, Elementary Education, Health Education, Instructional Media, Junior High/Middle School, Music, Preschool Education, Reading, Science, Special Education

Engineering: Engineering Physics

English: English, Literature, Rhetoric, Writing

Environmental Studies: Environmental Biology, Environmental Studies

Foreign Language: Arabic (some courses), Chinese (some courses), English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Hmong, Japanese (some courses), Russian, Spanish

General Studies: Gender Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Applied Geography, Environmental Planning, Geography

Health and Safety Sciences: Community Health, Exercise Science, Gerontology, Health Education, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nuclear Medical Technology, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Radiologic Science, School Health, Therapeutic Recreation

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Science, Information Systems

International Studies: International Studies

Mathematics: Mathematics

Performing Arts: Choral Music, Music, Music Education, Music History, Music Performance, Music Theater, Music Theory and Composition, Music/Jazz Studies, Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Design Technology

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs

Pre-Professional : Engineering Pre-Professional, Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional, Optometry Pre-Professional, Pharmacy Pre-Professional, Veterinary Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Child Psychology, Psychology

Recreation: Commercial Recreation Management, Recreation, Recreation Therapy, Sports Management

Sociology/Social Work: Sociology, Womens Studies

Theater: Performance and Directing

Quick Links Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Students must meet minimum GPA requirement and be in "good" academic standing.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
  • Require students who will live on campus
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of N/A paper, 550 computer or 73 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students
  • No graduate students
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan B students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Plan B: 18 ($400 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 9/16/2016.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee: $125 Year Plan B Mandatory
ID Card: $20 Year Plan B Mandatory
Parking Fee: $250 Year Plan B Optional
Textbook Fee: $174 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Orientation Fee: $150 Year Plan B Mandatory
Segregateds Fee: $666 Semester Plan B Mandatory

Important Notes: Segregated Fees are fees that ALL students are assessed and cover fees for services and facilities relating to some of the following areas: recreational sports, intercollegiate athletics, the union center, sports complex, the field house, child care center, counseling center, environmental sustainability, and municipal services. ID Card is free. Replacement charge is $20. Parking Permit fee will vary based on availability. Students are encouraged to purchase a parking permit if they will be bringing a car to campus for their exchange term. As parking is limited, we do not encourage students to bring a car to campus since students are able to ride the local MTU bus system for free with their UWL Student ID. Meal Plans total will vary based on the meal plans that students choose.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $0 per semester.

Financial Aid
Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
  • Figures are current as of 9/16/2016.
  • Expect 5% or more increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on the average room and meal plan selected by NSE students. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your selected room type and meals.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • Double: $2,756
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
  • Maximum unrestricted housing reserved: 5
Notes About Housing
Students have the choice of living in Reuter Hall or Eagle Hall. When applying for your accommodations, please indicate that you are an incoming student on the National Student Exchange Program.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1370 per semester for 19 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
All students required to purchase meal plan if staying on-campus. Meal plans will vary based on student preference and/or accommodation placement.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.