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.

"NSE has opened countless doors for our students by providing opportunities offered by no other program. I've watched students return with newly inspired levels of confidence, maturity, and the ability to navigate new systems and cultures. They take full advantage of new courses and resources, exploring and broadening their educations in every possible way. It's an experience that serves well beyond their college years."

Cathy Cuthbertson
NSE Coordinator and Director, Career Services and Off-Campus Studies
New College of Florida