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Study Within the United States

National Student Exchange

"NSE is the best decision and experience I’ve done so far. I challenged myself to get out of my comfort zone." - Casey, UMR Alumna

National Student Exchange (NSE), is a study away program, much like study abroad, involving a group of U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota Rochester.

NSE allows you to study away for a summer, semester or for a year. NSE locations encompass nearly 200 colleges and universities in the:

  • United States

  • Canada

  • Guam

  • Puerto Rico

  • U. S. Virgin Islands

NSE gives you an opportunity to experience a different area with its unique cultural and academic opportunities. Students utilize NSE to:

  • broaden their personal and educational perspectives

  • experience new cultures           

  • explore new areas of study

  • learn from different professors

  • access new courses

  • experience personal growth

  • meet new people

  • make new friends

  • live in a different area

  • investigate graduate schools

  • seek future employment

Many returning students describe NSE as a life-changing experience which has made them more independent, self-confident and resourceful; expanded their risk-taking capabilities; and helped them better define their academic and career objectives.

Prior to exchange, you will develop a written agreement to ensure that the work you satisfactorily complete on exchange will count toward your degree program at our campus. Your selection for participation will be done by our campus. Placements at the host campuses are made by that campus on a space availability basis. With placement rates of 97 percent, students can generally find a location to meet both their academic and personal objectives.

If you are interested in applying for an exchange, stop by the Student Resource Center to gather more information. Applications for exchange during the 2020-2021 academic year are due by Februrary  15, 2020. After that date, many schools still have openings and may place students for an exchange. Contact Parry Telander,, with questions.