Education Abroad Office

Study Away - National Student Exchange Program

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What is the National Student Exchange?

The National Student Exchange (NSE) provides a unique and affordable opportunity to study and live at one of nearly 200 member universities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for a semester or a year. You have the experience of crossing state, regional, provincial, and cultural borders to take courses not available on your home campus, and to expand your academic program options. 

Are your ready to explore your world and experience life from another point of view!
would you like to study?

National Student Exchange Student Forms
National Student Exchange program flyer
NSE Next Steps Guidelines

NSE Coordinator 

Choose your destination from 49 states, Canada, Guam,
Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands. 

National Student Exchange Benefits:

  • Broaden educational and personal perspectives
  • Access new courses
  • Explore new areas of study
  • Experience new cultures
  • Learn from different professors
  • Experience personal growth
  • Become more independent and resourceful
  • Meet new people
  • Acquire life skills
  • Live in a different area
  • Investigate graduate schools
  • Seek future employment


  • Must be a full-time student in good standing; (academic, personal and financial)
  • 2.5 GPA or better
  • Additional requirements may exist based on the university and program students wish to attend
  • No incomplete grades from previous terms
  • No current or pending probationary status due to academic dishonesty or misconduct or violation of student conduct
  • No outstanding financial obligations to the home institution
  • Must not be on probation, parole, or have any pending legal judgments (civil or criminal)

Getting Started and How to Apply: 

  • Attend CISP Information Session
  • Visit the NSE directory for descriptions of each campus (
  • Select three of four campuses that meet your academic and personal goals
  • Consult Center for International Studies and Program NSE coordinator who will discuss your campus choices, goals for exchange, budgeting and review the application process
  • Meet with your academic advisor on how NSE study away will fit into your program of study
  • Complete the application by the April deadline. Check with the Education Abroad Office for the specific date

Resident Assistant Exchange

The Resident Assistant Exchange encourages a student who has served as a Resident Assistant on their home campus to serve in a similar capacity for one year while on exchange to a participating host campus. This NSE option is a program sponsored but he National Student Exchange and supported by the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUGO-I)

Program Goals

  • Provide diverse experiences for RAs
  • Help RAs develop personal and professional skills for future leadership positions
  • Benefit university residence hall operations around the country by bringing in RAs who have different experiences in university housing situations


  • 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application and at the completion of the term prior to exchange
  • Be a full-time student at the time of application and in the term prior to exchange
  • Be in good standing (academic, financial, and social/behavioral) as defined by the home campus
  • Meet any additional requirements of the home or host institution
  • Be currently serving as an RA at the time of application and in the term immediately preceding exchange
  • Have a positive letter of reference from the supervising residence life hall director on the home campus
  • Have written permission from the home campus residence life program to participate
  • Identify one to three institutions for exchange (All campus choices are considered to be equally acceptable, NSE gives no priority to the order in which students list their campus choices)
  • Complete the NSE application procedure of the home campus and be approved by the NSE coordinator for participation in the exchange program b November 29
  • Complete the RA Exchange Application Form and submit it to the home campus NSE coordinator by December 2

National Student Exchange program flyer

Visit the National Student Exchange web site to learn more about NSE exchange opportunities.

To receive more information complete the Inquiry Card.

Last Updated: 12/18/20