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National Student Exchange

Access to courses at your host campus is based on offerings and availability and cannot be guaranteed. You must meet all pre-requisites and co-requisites as required by your host campus.

You are responsible for requesting an official transcript be sent to UAF from your host campus after the completion of your term away.  Failure to submit an official host campus transcript may result in holds being placed on your student account which will prevent registration, graduation, or the release of a UAF official transcript.

Classes taken at the host campus which do not appear on an approved Advising Agreement are subject to the discretion of transfer credit evaluators, department chairs, and/or academic deans, and may be subject to the Transfer Credit Petition process. In rare cases, courses that appear on the Advising Agreement as approved may not be evaluated as noted, or may require further approvals.

All information on your official host campus transcript, including classes, grades, audits, withdrawals, failures, and credit hours, will be recorded on your UAF academic record, and all host campus grades will be calculated into your UAF GPA.

Courses taken at a quarter-system school will be recalculated to the semester-hour equivalent. Fractions of hours may be rounded up or down as deemed appropriate.

Advising Agreements which are incomplete, altered, or improperly signed may be rendered null and void, and any transcripted coursework may be treated as transfer (rather than resident) credit. Similarly, failure to submit a completed Advising Agreement may require that transcripted coursework be treated as transfer credit.

Posting of credit from your host campus may take up to six to eight weeks from the date that UAF receives your official host campus transcript. It is your responsibility to direct the UAF Office of Admissions and the Registrar, Financial Aid Office, etc. to the UAF NSE Coordinator if they have questions regarding your pending credit evaluation.

Transfer Credit Resource Site

UAF has a database of previously transferred courses from many campuses within the US. You may utilize this database to get a good idea of how classes from a particular university have transferred in to UAF previously. Please note that not all host campus courses are included in this database; only those courses other students who have transferred into UAF are included. You can access the database here.

Even if a course in the database has been evaluated in a way you would want, it is advised that you still complete an Advising Agreement with the credit-granting department to ensure it gets evaluated as you expect. This is especially important if the approval was more than 5 years in the past.

Instructions for Completing the Advising Agreement

Before your exchange:
You will search your host campus's course catalog for courses you might take while you are there. To access this catalog, go to, click "Students," then your host state or province, and then your host campus name. Down the left-hand side of your host campus's Member Campus Profile, you'll see a heading for "Campus Links," and a link to the catalog.

Once at your host campus's website, you will search for two separate things. The first is Course Descriptions, which has information on all of the courses that are taught at that university; not all of these courses will be taught during the term(s) that you are there. The second thing you'll look for is information on courses offered during a specific term, so next look for something called a Class List, Available Courses, etc. Course Descriptions are generally always available at a university website, but a Class List may only be published a few months before a specific term.

You should begin choosing which host courses you'd like to take as soon as possible. We recommend that you choose at least twice as many courses per term as you could actually take, in case there are class cancellations, time conflicts, or other problems. If you are exchanging for more than one term, we recommend that you choose courses for all of your terms. You may not know exactly what will be offered in those future term(s), but you can use past term Class Lists and the Course Descriptions to approximate.

Complete a separate sheet of the NSE Advising Agreement Part 2 LC.pdf for each host campus course you choose. Print out a course description for each class, and attach it to the Advising Agreement Part 2. You may have many copies of Part 2, each with a separate course on it.

Once you have completed as much of the Advising Agreement as you can, drop them off at the Study Away office for review. Once any Baccalaureate Core classes have been reviewed, you will receive the packet back.

At that point, it is your responsibility to obtain any other necessary signatures.

Once all required signatures have been obtained, return the form once again. You will also receive a copy of the forms for your records; you should bring all of the forms with you on exchange so that you know which courses have been approved.

During or after your exchange:

You may find once you're at your host campus that you are not able to take the courses you had pre-approved. If so, complete as many more pages of Part 2 as you need, and send them to the Study Away office for approvals.
Some things to watch out for: Any course to be approved by the UAF School of Management (BA, ACCT, ECON) must be taken at a host campus that is AACSB-accredited. For a list of such schools, please visit and click on "Accredited Institutions." Similarly, courses to be approved by UAF Engineering departments must be taken at a host campus that is ABET-accredited. Please visit and click on "Accredited Program Search" to find appropriate campuses.

Course evaluations are based on the similarity of host campus courses and UAF courses. For a list of UAF course descriptions, please visit

Download Part 2 of the Advising Agreement here: NSE Advising Agreement Part 2 LC.pdf