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Kenzie Beam spent the spring 2020 semester studying at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff through the National Student Exchange program.

National Student Exchange creates new learning opportunities for Blugolds

National Student Exchange

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Approximately 3,500 students nationwide will study at new institutions this year! They will be participating at nearly 170 universities in 48 states, the Virgin Islands, Guam, Canada, and Puerto Rico through the National Student Exchange Program (NSE).

This program offers opportunities to experience a different academic environment while maintaining progress toward academic goals, expanding academic options, clarifying personal and professional goals, seeing the United States and experiencing its diversity of cultures, values and lifestyles.

How the Program Works

UW-Eau Claire students accepted to the NSE program maintain their status at UW-Eau Claire while spending a semester or academic year at the chosen host institution and pay (UWEC) tuition fees.


Tuition and/or fees are paid to UW-Eau Claire for the duration of the exchange program. Expenses for room and board are paid to the host school. Transportation and incidental expenses are the student's responsibility. The NSE Coordinator can provide estimated cost breakdowns for such expenses. Financial Aid is often available. A fee will be assessed with the application. This fee is forwarded to the national office of NSE and confirms your application.

National Student Exchange Meetings

All participants must attend one information meeting to learn about NSE and the application process. Meetings are held in Davies Student Center.

Tuesday October 12 10:00 am Menominee Room
Friday October 29 11:00 am Menominee Room
Monday November 8 2:00 pm Menominee Room
Tuesday November 16 Noon Menominee Room
Thursday December 2 11:00 am Menominee Room

Course Credit

An advising agreement completed prior to departure ensures that all the course work taken at the host institution will transfer back to UW-Eau Claire. All grades received while on exchange will be computed into your total GPA at UW-Eau Claire. To assist you in determining the UWEC course equivalency for classes taken while on exchange, refer to the following: 


The minimum requirements for application are:

  • Current full-time enrollment at UW-Eau Claire (12 credits or more)
  • Cumulative overall GPA of at least 2.5
  • Completion of 30 semester credits by the time of exchange
  • Good academic, financial, and social standing


Climb new peaks

Alaska exchange student on a glacier
Rian Drexler, NSE student at California State-Chico, Golden Gate Bridge

Student stories from NSE

You don't have to take our word for it about National Student Exchange — read the stories for yourself about how this experience can really change lives. The Blugold NSE Facebook account offers many stories to help convince you that it's for you.

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