Impact of the Exchange Experience

For participating NSE students, the single term or year on exchange is frequently the most significant and enjoyable time in their education. Students return home with a fresh outlook on their education and better able to define academic and career objectives. For many, NSE is a period of dramatic personal growth and maturity, particularly for students who are not well-traveled or have lived most of their lives in the region where they are attending college.

The changes seen in student attitudes, understanding of other people in other settings, flexibility, maturity, self-confidence, and decision-making are similar to the experiences of students who study internationally. Like study abroad, volunteerism, internships, service learning and research, the National Student Exchange is an enhancement of the student's undergraduate program, demonstrating to graduate schools and future employers that they have gone beyond the expected.

"The NSE opportunities offered to our students have been profoundly valuable. Several of our most talented students have had extraordinary experiences. One received the NSE student achievement award. We also have had more typical students similarly enriched. With most of our students coming from the rural Midwest, these experiences have been truly priceless. In many cases, they have been life changing."

Blair M. Lord
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Eastern Illinois University