National Student Exchange

National Student Exchange (NSE) at Fort Lewis College

The National Student Exchange provides students with the opportunity to study--at in-state tuition rates--at nearly 200 member colleges and universities in 48 states, three U.S. territories, the District of Columbia, and six Canadian provinces.  

The NSE Program gives students the opportunity to:

  • broaden personal and educational experiences
  • explore new areas of study
  • live in a different geographic area
  • take courses not offered at our campus
  • investigate graduate schools or employment opportunities
  • learn from different professors 
  • access international programs not offered at our campus
  • become more independent and resourceful
  • explore new cultures
  • acquire life skills

National Student Exchange

The National Student Exchange (NSE) is a program for undergraduate exchange within the United States and Canada. Instead of crossing oceans, NSE students cross state, regional, provincial, and cultural borders.

NSE was established in 1968 with three universities in Alabama, Illinois, and Montana exchanging seven students among their institutions. Administrators on those campuses wanted to help students who would not or could not take advantage of studying abroad by providing them with living and learning opportunities within their own country. Since then NSE has grown beyond their greatest imaginations and has provided life-changing opportunities to more than 90,000 students. The program expanded in the mid-1990s to include Canadian colleges and universities.

Through the National Student Exchange, you can study for up to one calendar year at another location. With nearly 200 colleges and universities from which to choose, you should be able to find a university with just the right combination of courses, facilities, and environment to meet your academic and personal needs and interests.

Participating in NSE can be exhilarating, culturally enriching, and one of the most significant experiences of your undergraduate education. The changes seen in student attitudes, understanding of other people in other settings, maturity, self-confidence, and decision-making are similar to the experiences of students who study internationally.

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Consider participating in the National Student Exchange program

For information on this national program please use the links below.