Study Abroad

What is the NSE?

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National Student Exchange Official Website

The National Student Exchange (NSE) is a program for undergraduate exchange within the United States and Canada. Instead of crossing oceans, NSE students cross state, regional, provincial, and cultural borders.

NSE was established in 1968 with three universities in Alabama, Illinois, and Montana exchanging seven students among their institutions. Administrators on those campuses wanted to help students who would not or could not take advantage of studying abroad by providing them with living and learning opportunities within their own country. Since then NSE has grown beyond their greatest imaginations and has provided life-changing opportunities to more than 90,000 students. The program expanded in the mid-1990s to include Canadian colleges and universities.

Through the National Student Exchange, you can study for up to one calendar year at another location. With nearly 200 colleges and universities from which to choose, you should be able to find a university with just the right combination of courses, facilities, and environment to meet your academic and personal needs and interests.

While the majority of members are still state-supported, NSE now includes several private campuses as well as Canadian institutions. The basic concept, however, remains the same. Students either pay their normal tuition and fees at the home campus or pay the in-state tuition and fees at their host campus. Private campuses usually prefer the plan where students pay tuition and fees at the home campus as they do normally. Each campus determines the fee payment plan under which it can operate. Room and meals are always paid to the host campus.

Students apply for participation in the NSE office on their home campus. If they are approved for participation, they are accepted on exchange by the host campus on a space available basis. Financial aid is applied for, awarded, and disbursed from the campus at which students pay their tuition and fees.

Before students leave home for exchange they are instructed to have written approval for courses to be taken along with a determination of how those courses will be accepted into their home campus academic program.

**For easy guidance check out the handout: Step by Step Instructions for National Student Exchange.

Text for "What Is The National Student Exchange" courtesy of the Official NSE Website (