The National Student Exchange was established in 1968 to provide exchange opportunities for the multitude of undergraduate students for whom an overseas experience is not appropriate, comfortable or affordable. Instead of crossing oceans NSE students cross state or provincial borders to exchange for a single term or an academic year.

With nearly 170 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from which to choose, students should be able to find a university with just the right combination of courses, facilities, and environment to meet their academic and personal needs and interests. The experience of being on another campus enriches the educational experience and contributes to the overall development of the student.

As a faculty member and/or advisor to a student who is exploring NSE participation, you play an important role assisting in the decision to exchange, the appropriateness of the proposed exchange, the potential exchange site(s) that would provide a good academic fit, and the integration of host campus coursework into the student's home campus degree program.

This site provides resources for you to help your students get the most from their exchange experience.

Most of your general questions can be answered by the information below and through the resources provided on the Student section. While this is a national network for exchange, it is administered locally through an NSE coordinator at each of our member universities. Therefore, questions should be directed to the NSE coordinator on your own campus. The NSE coordinator is the primary source for program information, the liaison with campus implementation offices and academic units, and the individual who works with and on behalf of the student through the application, placement, and pre-departure process. To identify the office on your campus that administers NSE, see NSE Campus Offices.

As a faculty member you may have some interest in forging inter-institutional program relationships with colleagues at other colleges and universities in the United States or Canada. If exchanging students is a desirable outcome of such relationships, the National Student Exchange can assist with delivering a flexible, cost-effective process that lets you concentrate on the academic goals and objectives while NSE staff (Central Office and campus) deliver the mechanism to make it work. See Expanding Resources for additional information.

"Most students arrive at college knowing - or thinking they know, or being told that they know - what they want to do. Almost none of them really know what they can do. Our job at a university is to help students become who they want to be. The support and range of opportunities that NSE provides for a broad spectrum of students on that journey of self-discovery are, to me, the most amazing aspects of the program."

Andrew Grubb
NSE and Academic Coordinator
University of Louisville