Why Exchange Within the U.S. and Canada

Most campuses have a mission for globalization, cultural diversity, and off-campus learning initiatives. The National Student Exchange is a program which responds to each of these objectives. When the concept of exchange is mentioned, most of us think international. The truth is that relatively few students take that step.

Thinking globally begins a bit closer to home for NSE students who cross state, regional, provincial, and cultural borders to experience a change of people, place, and opportunity. The concept of study abroad or study away in practice is any experience that allows students to experience life from a different point of view.

In many areas of study, remaining in the U.S. or Canada makes more sense due to academic compatibility as well as for affordability and personal safety. Most students will move elsewhere after they graduate to find employment or attend graduate school. NSE provides an opportunity for students to explore the feasibility of living in an area of interest for future study or work.

The changing diversity in culture and ethnicity across the United States, its territories, and Canada presents numerous challenges and opportunities for tomorrow's citizens and leaders. Through their exchange, NSE students gain insight into the historical and cultural makeup of different regions, improve their communications skills with individuals from different backgrounds, and prepare themselves to live and work in a culturally diverse society.

"To live and study in another place....is a great opportunity to reinvent yourself, evaluate your life, and gain more confidence in your abilities to adapt to a different environment and culture."

Corina Robles
Florida International University
to the University of New Orleans