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Approximately 3,500 students nationwide will study at new institutions this year! They will be participating at nearly 180 universities in 49 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.

Ta’Leah Van Sistine

Living in New York City had always been a dream of mine, and the National Student Exchange allowed that dream to come true. My exchange at Queens College helped me to live life outside of my comfort zone and bear the exciting title of ‘New Yorker’ for a semester.

Ta'Leah Van Sistine Journalism, English - Creative Writing Emphasis

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.

Climb new peaks

Alaska exchange student on a glacier

National Student Exchange - Discover It Now!


Thursday February 1 3:30 pm Centennial Hall  Room 1916
Tuesday February 6 2:00 pm Centennial Hall  Room 2924

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

Take the next step

  • How to apply Find out the process, requirements, and timeline for participating in NSE. Application deadline for 2024-2025 academic year placements is February 20, 2024.
  • Where to go? Find the best campus for your exchange.
  • Hear from UWEC students

    See for yourself

    Check out our UW-Eau Claire National Student Exchange Facebook page to read stories and see breathtaking photos from students all over the country at their NSE experiences. 

  • Ta’Leah Van Sistine

    Making dreams come true

    The National Student Exchange allows students to pay UW-Eau Claire tuition while attending college at another participating campus somewhere in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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