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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; (Study Away Program)
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
NSE Programs 2016-2017 02/15/2016 03/21/2016 TBA TBA
NOTE: This is a Priority Deadline for the Fall 2016-Spring 2017 Academic Year (with includes Fall or Spring only exchanges during this cycle). There is opportunity to apply to exchange on NSE after this deadline, though some schools are closed or only available on Plan A after this date. If you miss the Priority Deadline, the application will reopen March 31, 2016.
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 2016 semester, the priority deadline is February 16, 2015.
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