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National Student Exchange

What is National Student Exchange?

As an institutional member of the National Student Exchange (NSE) program, U of I students can study at one of nearly 200 institutions throughout the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Small liberal arts colleges, universities in urban settings, and French-speaking or Spanish-speaking universities are among the many exchange options available to students. Students from other parts of the country and Canada also study at U of I for a semester or year and enjoy all that Idaho has to offer!

Important Dates:

  • Priority deadline for Academic Year, Fall and Spring placement: March 1
  • Final deadline for Spring placement: Oct. 15

Fall Info Sessions:

  • 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6
  • 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17
  • 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4
  • 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14
  • 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7
  • 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19

Sign up for one of the info sessions using the online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

NSE offers unique and exciting opportunities to:

  • Challenge yourself
  • Enhance your academic portfolio
  • Establish new connections
  • Gain skills and experience that future employers will value
  • Meet new people and experience life from a different point of view in the setting of your choosing

Exchange through NSE can be tailored to fit your academic goals and broader interests. With over 180 campuses to choose from, opportunities for classes are nearly endless.

U of I students usually pay U of I in-state tuition (NSE Plan B) to attend another institution. In some circumstances, U of I students pay the host institution tuition (NSE Plan A) depending on the exchange balance. It is important to discuss your interests early with the U of I NSE Coordinator to understand your options.

While most students elect to participate in an NSE program for an entire academic year, it is possible to attend an institution for a single semester.

Unsure of where you want to go? Applicants can select up to five institutions of interest in order of personal preference. Over 90 percent of applicants who submit the necessary forms before the priority deadline are placed at their first choice.

Applications may be accepted after the priority deadline. Contact the NSE Coordinator if you would like to apply after the priority deadline to determine site availability.

  1. Attend a U of I NSE Info Session, hosted by Education Abroad.
  2. Meet with the U of I NSE Coordinator.
  3. Visit the NSE website to browse potential schools.
  4. Consider attending an info session hosted by NSE.

Phone: 208-885-7870

Fax: 208-885-2859