Campus Selection

Choosing a great exchange location

There are nearly 200 colleges or universities from which to choose in 49 different states and Guam, the Virgin Islands, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Selecting the right exchange college or university can be a very challenging process as one attempts to become acquainted with the curriculum, geography and cultural options offered by a variety of institutions.

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UW-Eau Claire's NSE coordinator maintains a library of NSE catalogs and other public relations materials to help you identify those colleges and universities most compatible with your goals for participation in NSE.

You should also investigate the website for the National Student Exchange, where you will find an interactive map and detailed descriptions of participating campuses

The professors afforded me opportunities that I would not have received elsewhere and the experiences I received in Alaska were pivotal to my career goals.

Jackie Ebert, studied at University of Alaska—Juneau

Here are some important questions to consider: 

  • What academic and personal goals do I hope to achieve while on exchange?
  • Which institution can best help me accomplish my goals?
  • Will the exchange enhance my professional plan?
  • How will my graduation be affected?
  • Do I have sufficient financial resources for this experience?
  • What do I know about my potential host campus and region?
  • Is it sufficiently different to make it an interesting experience?
  • Do placement statistics from recent placement conferences indicate I'm identifying realistic alternatives in my list of school choices?
  • How will my classes transfer back to UW-Eau Claire?
Mara Reed in Montana NSE

NSE Application

There are several very important and time-sensitive steps to applying for the National Student Exchange program, so be sure to read carefully. Check here for the calendar of informational meetings.

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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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