COVID-19 and National Student Exchange
SEPTEMBER 2021National Student Exchange (NSE) provides accessible, affordable study away through collegiate student exchange. Most NSE campuses are resuming some normal instruction for the Fall 2021 term and are accepting exchange applications for Spring 2022. Some campuses may offer limited course offerings or online instruction. The COVID-19 vaccine and masking may be required for exchange enrollment at some campuses. See exchange availability.
NSE continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on study away programs and students. Please practice safety protocols and see links at the bottom of this page for useful information. NSE cares about your health and encourages you to get a COVID-19 vaccine as an important step to prevent yourself and others from getting sick with COVID-19 disease.
NSE Exchange is designed for connection and community. Individual NSE member U.S. and Canadian institutions are currently making their own administrative decisions on students and study away. Due to the complexity of this situation, decisions are made on a campus by campus basis. Contact your home campus NSE Coordinator about any academic or financial implications.
What should students do?Students participating in NSE are governed by the policies of both campuses, home and host, and should maintain active communication with their coordinators at each campus.
Travel Restrictions & Suspension of ProgramsNSE is not suspending programs but supports the activities of our member campuses who may make changes in academic instruction. As a bridge between campuses, NSE does not express a policy on students and travel during program disruption. Any travel is the purview of the home and/or host campus and should be in line with CDC travel recommendations.
NSE Coordinators should work with students and their partner institutions to provide advice and guidance to students currently in programs. Should conditions change such that the CDC or the U.S. State Department recommend against travel to a destination, NSE will provide additional updates.
We recommend everyone know COVID-19 symptoms and identify local healthcare resources in case services are needed. All persons are encouraged to be vigilant with infection control practices. Students who have healthcare questions should contact their home or host campus health service directly.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- U.S. Department of State
- World Health Organization (WHO)