Study Within the U.S.A. (National Student Exchange)

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

With NSE you can 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. Since NSE's beginning in 1968, more than 94,000 students have had the opportunity to participate in NSE. 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. Students who have been on exchange return to their home campus with lasting friendships formed with students from all over the country. 

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. NSE operates with tuition reciprocity (tuition paid to our campus or at the in-state rates of the host campus) and federal financial aid portability. Your selection for participation will be done by our campus. Placements at the host campuses are made by that campus on a space available basis. With placement rates of 97 percent, students can generally find a location to meet both their academic and personal objectives. 

Think about it. Talk with your parents, advisor or Success Coach, and professors about this exciting opportunity. 

If you are interested in applying for an exchange, please stop by the Student Resource Center to talk and pick up a brochure. Applications for exchange during the 2017-2018 academic year are due by February 17, 2017. After that date, many schools still have openings and may place students for an exchange. Contact Brett Schieve, Director of Intercultural Learning and Engagement, for a list of schools that still have openings.