** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Dormitory, Independent housing
Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States
Coyote Commitment, Global Learning Scholarship, Mickelson Scholarship, Presidential-Alumni Scholarship, South Dakota Opportunity, Ullyot Scholarship
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National Student Exchange (NSE) provides opportunities for U.S. and Canadian students to study away at another college or university in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands or Canada. Almost 200 colleges and universities participate. Many student enjoy the expanded course offerings at other institutions, the chance to try out a new place in the U.S. (like Hawaii!), or to scope out potential graduate schools.
When you begin your search for a school, you have the option to search on the main NSE website by field of study. Many schools will highlight their outstanding programs, i.e. the University of Minnesota features its psychology program. Be sure to check that the courses you're interested in are open to NSE students; many of the more popular majors like nursing or health sciences may be closed to NSE students.
Accommodation & Meals
You have the option of choosing between on-campus housing or finding your own off-campus housing. Please be aware that on-campus housing at many universities is at capacity and you may have to find your own, off-campus housing. Many of the housing options include kitchens so you may or may not want to purchase a meal plan for the university.
Application & Financial Aid
The main application deadline for the next year is February 18 for the next academic year (including both fall and spring). If you miss the deadline there are some schools that will accept late placements but be prepared for a smaller selection. There are some schools which have available summer semesters but most only accept students for the fall, spring, or academic year. You will need to select up to five schools at which you are willing to be placed.
With NSE you have two different payment options. Under Plan A, you would pay the in-state tuition rate for that institution (i.e. if you are going to the California State University in Chico, you would pay California's in-state tuition rate). Under Plan B, you would continue to pay your regular USD tuition and fees. If you plan on attending a Canadian university, you will go under Plan B. When researching schools on the main NSE website, be sure to pay attention to the different plans and tuition rates; many schools are on quarter or trimester systems.