Overview

The National Student Exchange was established in 1968 to provide exchange opportunities for the multitude of undergraduate students for whom an overseas experience is not appropriate, comfortable or affordable. Instead of crossing oceans NSE students cross state or provincial borders to exchange for a single term or an academic year.

NSE is a consortium of nearly 200 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that provides tuition-reciprocal exchange opportunities. With its diverse group of member institutions, your student should be able to find a university with just the right combination of courses, facilities, and environment to meet their academic and personal needs and interests. Participating in NSE can be academically rewarding, culturally enriching, exhilarating, and one of the most significant experiences of a student's undergraduate education.

Most of your general questions can be answered by the information below and through the resources provided on the Student section. While this is a national network for exchange, it is administered locally through an NSE coordinator at each of our member universities. Policies and procedures for each campus may vary within the framework of general NSE policies and procedures. Therefore, questions should be directed to the NSE coordinator on the campus at which your student is currently enrolled.

The home campus NSE coordinator is the primary source for program information, the liaison with campus implementation offices and academic units, and the individual who works with, and on behalf of, the student through the application, placement, and pre-departure process that is specific to the home campus. Following placement, there will be an NSE coordinator at the host university who will help your student with entrance information, acclimation to the campus, and serve as a resource while on exchange.

Thank you for your interest and the support for your student. On behalf of the coordinators at our member universities we acknowledge that family and friends play an important role in a student's decision to participate in NSE and in their preparation for the exchange experience.

"For me, going abroad seemed too far away; staying home seemed too close. NSE was the perfect choice!"


Lauren Flaherty
Sonoma State University
to the University of Northern Colorado