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NSE Central is hosting several webinars for students to learn more about options available to them.

Learn more about NSE by joining a webinar, registration links listed here.

UAF is a member of the National Student Exchange program, which offers students the opportunity to study at a host member campus in another US state, one of the US territories, or even in Canada!

Since its founding in 1968, more than 100,000 students have participated in the National Student Exchange program. You can, too!
Participating NSE schools
NSE has participating schools in the Lower 48, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Canada. For a complete list of participating schools, visit the NSE website at

How to choose a school
Want to go on exchange but not sure where? Take a look at the NSE website at There is a complete list of participating schools. You can sort by state or by major to find the exchange school that’s right for you.

Things to keep in mind as you narrow down which school you'd like to attend:
  • Majors/Courses open to exchange students
  • Whether or not you need to/want to live on campus or not (some schools do not have housing; other schools REQUIRE you to live on campus.)
  • Which payment plan you're willing to exchange on (see below for the difference; some schools have limited placements on certain plans). UAF Scholarships can be used on ANY plan.
  • Quarter/Semester schools
  • Etc. Go HERE for more things to consider.

NSE eligibility is a privilege earned by students who have met or exceeded the minimum requirements of the program. These requirements are applicable from the moment you submit your application to the moment you return to UAF at the end of your exchange.

  • At least one full-time semester completed at time of submitting application
  • At least two full-time semesters completed by the time program starts at host campus
  • Full-time enrollment as a degree-seeking student at UAF the semester before your program
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA (some campuses have a higher requirement)
  • Good academic, behavioral and financial standing at UAF
  • Cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation
  • No Incomplete grades from previous terms by the time your exchange starts
  • Puerto Rico: requires completion of SPAN 202 or equivalent; all courses conducted in Spanish
  • Quebec: Most campuses require completion of FREN 202 or equivalent; courses conducted in French
Length of exchange
You may be eligible for exchange to more than one NSE campus, your exchange may cross two or more academic years (additional application fees will apply), or may involve exchange from more than one home institution. No matter what the mix of home campus(es), host campus(es) or time away, you may only participate in the exchange for a cumulative total of time not to exceed one calendar year per campus, defined as an academic year and a summer session.

Cost and financial aid
For both plans, you will pay a one-time $50 application fee and a $500 study away fee each semester to UAF. Some host campuses have additional application fees upon placement.

Host Payment (Plan A or Pay Away): Students pay in-state tuition and fees at the host campus. Students on Host payment apply for financial aid through their host school. However, students will still receive UA scholarships.

Home Payment (Plan B or Pay Back Home): Student pay tuition and fees at UAF. Students on Home payment apply for financial aid through UAF’s Financial Aid Office. If you plan on using a UAF tuition waiver, you must complete your exchange on Home payment.

Special Note about Programs to Canada

Participation to a program in Canada will also require the purchase of an insurance plan approved by UAF.

This insurance is REQUIRED even if you have alternative insurance. UAF requires this insurance to ensure students are able to get back to the U.S. in case of emergency or death.  Please keep in mind that some countries will also have a mandatory insurance, which will cover student health expenses in-country.

Each campus determines the fee payment plan or plans under which it will participate in the exchange programs. All other regular semester expenses are paid to the host institution or in the host city. These may include room and board, mandatory course fees, textbooks, commuting expenses, internet access, etc. Students are also responsible for their own travel and personal expenses. All UAF scholarships can be applied to BOTH plans; either Home payment OR Host payment (eg UA Scholars award).

Did you know that you are still eligible for most UA funding regardless of plan? Our overview below indicates which funding you can use for each plan:


Name of Funding HOME pay (tuition paid to UAF) Host Pay (host-state resident tuition)
UA Scholars x x
Alaska Performance Scholarship x x
Nanook Pledge x  
Nanook Persist x  
UAF Employee/Dependent Tuition Waiver x  
UA Private Funded Scholarships x x
VA Funding (depends on Chapter)   x
Federal Aid x (paid through host campus)
Pell grant x (paid through host campus)


Deadlines are based upon the Academic Year.  There is a Priority Deadline of March 1 for all programs for the following year (including fall only, spring only, and academic year). 
For example, if you wanted to apply for exchange for the Spring 2021 semester, the priority deadline is March 1, 2020.
It is still possible to participate in NSE after the priority deadline, but after this date, some universities are no longer available, and some are only available on the host payment plan (A). The later in the year that you submit your application, the less options that are available to you, as many schools are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Priority deadline: March 1
Final deadline for fall and academic year: April 15
Final deadline for spring: October 1

There is a non-refundable $50 NSE application fee.


2020-2021 Program Availability

Please go to the NSE deadlines webpage to see which campuses are still available and for which plans. Be sure to contact our office to be sure that your choice is still available, as placements are now made on a first come, first serve basis.

Notes about the availability list: UAF has an ultimate deadline listed for each term listed above, but each campus may have an earlier deadline. Be sure to get all application documents to me at least 3 days before the listed deadline. Limited means that there are very few spaces left, and placement opportunity will likely close before their listed deadline. Waitlist means the campus is currently closed on that plan, and you will only be offered a place if someone else withdraws.
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