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This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options. If you have already started an application for this program, please use the LOGIN (USD applicants) or NON-USD LOGIN (non-USD applicants) link above.
  • Locations: Mangilao, Guam; St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Various, Canada; Various, Puerto Rico; Various, United States
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/15/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/15/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2019 03/15/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2020 10/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Dormitory, Independent housing Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Term: Academic Year, Fall, Spring Country: Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States
USD Scholarships: Coyote Commitment, Global Learning Scholarship, Mickelson Scholarship, Presidential-Alumni Scholarship, South Dakota Opportunity, Ullyot Scholarship Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Virginija Wilcox
Program Description:


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. Approximately 160 colleges and universities participate. Many students enjoy the expanded course offerings at other institutions, the chance to try out a new place in the U.S. (like Hawaii!), intern at a different state, 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 programs of study. Go to and click on "Find A Campus" tab. Many schools will highlight their unique or notable programs (e.g. 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 or limited to NSE students.
NSE Programs of Study
You have the option of choosing between on-campus housing or finding your own off-campus housing. Some institutions require NSE students to live on campus. Housing regulations are noted under "Room / Meals" tab on the profile page of each school. 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.


NSE offers two different payment options. Under Host Payment (formerly known as 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 Home Payment (formerly known as Plan B), you would continue to pay your regular USD tuition and fees. 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.


The main application deadline for the next year is February 15 (including both fall, spring, summer. and the entire academic year). If you miss the deadline, there are some schools that will accept late placements but be prepared for a smaller selection. If you apply for  the early (or pre-conference) placement, you will have a chance to select up to five schools at which you are willing to be placed. If you apply during the post-conference (or direct) placement (after February 15th deadline), you would be placed directly to the institution of your choice. 


For general inquiries, contact the Center for Academic & Global Engagement at or (605) 677-6338.

To schedule an advising session with Virginija Wilcox, go to


For information about immunizations and health precautions, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After you have been admitted to this program, you will be required to complete a travel physical with a healthcare provider such as Sanford Vermillion (applies to students who are going to Canada and U.S. Territories).