National Student Exchange

Policies & Procedures

Am I Eligible to Participate in NSE?

FLC Students must:

  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale)
  • be enrolled as a full-time student at the time of application and in the term prior to exchange
  • be in good standing (academic, financial, and social/behavioral)
  • be committed to participating in the National Student Exchange program
  • have completed 30 college credit hours before beginning exchange*
  • have completed all required Transitional Studies (TRS) courses prior to beginning exchange *

* Please note: applicants can apply for exchange prior to completing 30 credits and/or TRS Courses but all credits must be completed prior to exchange

NSE Coordinator Contact Information

Yuriko Miller, NSE Coordinator (

Jones Hall 106
Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango CO 81301

Phone: 970-247-7672
Fax:     970-247-7190 

Campus Policies and Procedures

NSE Application Date for Priority Placement:  

  • February 1, 2017 for Exchange beginning Fall Semester 2017

Application and Placement Policies and Procedures:

The following application procedure will direct you through the process that is used at Fort Lewis College to ensure that NSE is both appropriate and beneficial for you.

  1. Visit the NSE Coordinator in Jones 106 to obtain the NSE Directory of Exchange Opportunities. This directory describes the National Student Exchange, provides a thumbnail sketch of each of the member colleges and universities and lists the majors offered at those schools (along with the special opportunities available to incoming NSE students). Additional information about NSE and connections to the websites of member campuses can be found on the official NSE website, Follow the link to the NSE Student Website, and be sure to explore the sidebar and Web Resources
  1. Read the NSE Directory of Exchange Opportunities paying particular attention to pages 11-24, which describes the overall process of exchange and how to interpret the NSE Directory. As you read, you should think in terms of your personal and academic goals and objectives.
  1. Complete the “NSE Program of Study Statement.”  Write your exchange goals and objectives on paper. Include both personal and academic goals and use these to complete the Program of Study Statement prior to Academic Advising in January, 2016. Consider a variety of exchange campuses that will best suit goals and objectives.  Select as many as eight and begin to prioritize these schools. In your statement discuss, "I can accomplish __________ at __________ (exchange) school."
  1.  Read the whole application prior to providing the information requested.
  1. Carefully complete the application, following the directions exactly.  Please note: a non-refundable application fee of $150 is required before placement at an exchange school.
  1. The processing of your application and decision on your participation in NSE is the responsibility of Fort Lewis College.  Once it is determined that you are eligible to participate, the potential exchange campuses consider you based only on space available. Most placement decisions are made at the NSE National Conference held in mid-March (this includes fall, winter, spring, summer and full academic year placements) prior to the year you seek to exchange. Post-conference placements can be made, but the list of possible exchange sites is limited after the conference in mid-March.
  1. Immediately following the placement conference in mid-March, you will be notified of your placement and asked to sign a “Placement Acceptance Form” (PAF) that must be returned to NSE Coordinator so that it can be mailed to your host campus.
  1. Discuss your written "Program of Study Statement" with your academic advisor, parents, friends, and the NSE Coordinator. At this time you will need to complete an “Advising Agreement” with the help of your academic advisor and/or department chair at FLC. It will be your guarantee of how the courses you take while on exchange will fit into your FLC academic program.  A copy of the Advising Agreement must be submitted to the FLC-NSE Coordinator.
  1. You will then receive information regarding housing, meal plans, tuition, registration and any other information you will need to know about the new campus you will be attending. Complete the “budget” form so you are aware of the costs of your exchange .  It is YOUR responsibility to meet all deadlines for that campus including bills and registration.
  1. Soon you will be attending your new campus, making new friends, and seeing new places. When you arrive, we ask that you send a postcard to us (contact information is on the first page of this document) with your address, telephone number, and e-mail address. It is important that we know how to contact you while you are away.
  1. At the end of your exchange, you must request and pay for an official transcript to be sent from the host school directly to the FLC Registrar's Office:

    Registrar's Office
    Fort Lewis College
    1000 Rim Drive
    Durango CO 81301


  1. Because NSE is an officially approved program at FLC, all courses taken at your host campus, along with their respective credit hours and earned grades, will be recorded on your official FLC transcript. Grade points will be calculated in your overall cumulative GPA.

Helpful Info When Filling Out the NSE Application

  1. Most of the first page and part of the second page is biographical information needed for our records and telling us how we can be in touch with you.
  1. On the second page you are asked about the period of exchange you desire. If there is the possibility that you will stay for the full academic year instead of just one semester, you should indicate so. It is often impossible to extend an exchange into another semester or quarter if it was not requested at the time of placement.
  1. You have been given five lines on which to list possible exchange sites in priority order. Feel free to attach a sheet of additional choices, but DO NOT list any campus that you would not attend if placed there. We will try to place you at your first campus, we cannot guarantee anything and may have to place you at your final choice.
  1. On the third page make sure that you list the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of the people from whom you have requested references. If recommendations do not arrive in a reasonable length of time after we receive you application, we will contact the person to whom you gave the form and request a response.
  1. Be sure that you take care to be specific and thorough when completing the Program of Study Statement. It is your chance to tell us exactly what you want to accomplish on exchange both academically and personally. Notice that it requires the signature of your advisor or department chair.
  1. A NON-REFUNDABLE application fee of $150.00 is required prior to placement at an exchange school. For priority placement the application fee must be paid in full before the Placement Conference in mid-march. Please make a payment at the Cashier’s office (140 Berndt Hall).
  1. When your application is complete and all materials have been received, you will be contacted and must schedule an interview with the NSE Coordinator in the FLC. It will be a chance for the NSE Coordinator to get to know you and your goals better, and for you to ask questions that have emerged since you began the application process.

Application Checklist

Deadline: February 1, 2016 for Exchange beginning Fall Semester 2016

  • Program of Study Statement
  • FLC/NSE Application for Exchange
  • Academic Advising with Faculty (Following Placement)
  • Language Proficiency report (if applicable)
  • Three (3) recommendations/references (may be sent separately or attached)
  • A receipt for the $150 from the Cashier’s office (non-refundable)
  • Other _________________

Return all forms and documentation to FLC-NSE Coordinator

Yuriko Miller,                   NSE Coordinator
Jones 106
Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango CO 81301

Phone: 970-247-7672
Fax:     970-247-7190