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National Student Exchange
Hilo, Hawaii, United States; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Multiple locations, including Guam, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, United States and Canada;
Program Terms: Academic Year,
NSE Programs,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: UAF applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014-2015 05/15/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2014 05/15/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2015 10/03/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: National Student Exchange Tuition Paid To: Directly to Host Institution, UAF
Language of Instruction: English, French, Spanish Foreign Language Prerequisite: Intermediate Spanish for Puerto Rico campuses; Intermediate French for campuses in Quebec, Canada
GPA Requirement: 2.50 Housing Fees Paid to: Directly to Host Institution
UAA/UAS Eligible?: No
Program Description:
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

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
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, defined as an academic year and a summer session.

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 schools, and you can sort by major to find the exchange school that’s right for you.

Cost and financial aid
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.
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 February 15 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 2015 semester, the priority deadline is February 15, 2014.
If you submit this application before the February 15 deadline, your application fee is only $200.  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 Plan A.  The application fee also goes up to $250.  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.

Final dealine for fall and academic year: May 15
Final deadline for spring: October 1

If you are interested in applying for the National Student Exchange after February 15, you MUST send us an email with the following information:
  • Full name and UA ID number
  • Declared major(s)
  • Whether or not you need to take courses in your major while on exchange
    • (some fields are closed to NSE students; you can find this information under the "Programs" tab of each campus's information page on For example, if you are an Education major but the school is closed to Education, and you say that you need major courses, you will not be offered a placement.)
  • A list of your school choices (with the specific school names), in order of preference (first choice, second choice, etc.).
    • If you do get a placement at your first choice school, you will not be offered a placement at another school (in other words, placements happen one at a time; you don't get to choose from among placements, which is why we have you list them in order of priority).
  • Which plan (Plan A or Plan B) for each school choice
    • If you would prefer one plan over the other, but will still go if only the other plan is available, please list "Prefer Plan A" or "Prefer Plan B";
    • If you only wish to go to a school on one particular plan, list "Plan A Only" or "Plan B Only"; if that plan is not available, we will look at your second choice placement
  • What semester(s) you're looking at going (Fall 2013 and/or Spring 2014)
Once you have sent us an email with the information above, we will contact your selected school(s) to see what is available.  If we have found a placement for you, we will send you a link and invite you to fill out an application.