NOTE: Some schools are closed at this point. Placements at schools are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, so the earlier you apply the more options you have. Please check in with our office to see if your desired school and/or plan is still available.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
National Student Exchange
Tuition Paid To:
Directly to Host Institution, UAF
Housing Fees Paid to:
Directly to Host Institution
Language of Instruction:
English, French, Spanish
Foreign Language Prerequisite:
Intermediate Spanish for Puerto Rico campuses; Intermediate French for campuses in Quebec, 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 www.nse.org.
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.
Full-time enrollment at UAF
Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
Good academic, behavioral and financial standing at UAF
No Incomplete grades from previous terms by the time your exchange starts
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. You may only participate up to one year per campus.
How to choose a school
Want to go on exchange but not sure where? Take a look at the NSE website at www.nse.org. There is a complete list of schools, and you can sort by major to find the exchange school that’s right for you. Make sure your major is not closed to NSE participants!
Cost and financial aid Host Payment-Plan A (Pay Away):Students pay in-state tuition and fees at the host campus. Students on Plan A apply for financial aid through their host school. Home Payment-Plan B (Pay Back Home):Student pay tuition and fees at UAF. Students on Plan B 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 Plan B.
Each campus determines the fee payment plan or plans under which it will participate in the exchange programs. All NSE participants must pay room and board charges to the host campus. Any cash-based scholarship can be applied to either Plan A or Plan B (eg UA Scholars award).
Note about deadlines:
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 2019 semester, the priority deadline is March 1, 2018.
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. 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. The deadlines below are for UAF; depending on the school, the deadline may be much earlier than UAF's, so please contact us right away if you are considering NSE after the priority deadline!!
Priority deadline: March 1
Final deadline for fall and academic year: April 15
Final deadline for spring: October 1