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.

Students participate in NSE in order to:

  • experience personal growth
  • live in a different geographic area
  • become more independent and resourceful
  • broaden personal and educational perspectives
  • explore and appreciate new cultures
  • widen university boundaries
  • take courses not offered on their home campus
  • learn from different professors
  • access courses with different perspectives
  • explore new areas of study
  • investigate graduate or professional schools
  • look for future employment opportunities
  • break out of their comfort zones
  • acquire life skills
Participating in NSE can be exhilarating, culturally enriching, and one of the most significant experiences of your undergraduate education. The changes seen in student attitudes, understanding of other people in other settings, maturity, self-confidence, and decision-making are similar to the experiences of students who study internationally.

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The National Student Exchange Vision Statement

The National Student Exchange will be recognized as the premier network of U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities which provides service to both institutions and their students.

Institutions will seek membership in order to access both the services of NSE for their students and the resources of the entire network.

NSE will be identified as the model for higher education networking and resource sharing world-wide.

Through NSE, member campuses will build cooperative programs that will make access and quality the hallmarks of their memberships.

The position of NSE coordinator will be respected and recognized nationally as a trained professional who abides by the Principles of Professional Practice for NSE Coordinators and provides quality service to students, peer coordinators, and member universities.