National Student Exchange

National Student Exchange

The National Student Exchange is a study away opportunity that allows you to take new courses, see new places, make new friends, and enroll in academic options that may not be available on the UNK campus. You can study for a single term or academic year at one of nearly 200 NSE member colleges and universities in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.  UNK does not currently exchange with Canada.


In order to participate in the National Student Exchange program, you must:

  • Be enrolled full-time at UNK, have completed at least 28 credit hours at the time of exchange, and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 or higher.
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Have no incomplete grades from previous terms
  • Have no current or pending disciplinary actions for violating the code of conduct
  • Have no current or pending probationary status due to academic misconduct
  • No pending legal judgments (civil or criminal)

Length of Exchange

Your eligible time for exchange may include exchange to more than one NSE campus, may cross two or more calendar years, or may involve exchange from more than one home institution. No matter the mix of home campuses, host campuses or time away, you may only participate in NSE for a cumulative total of time not to exceed one calendar year, defined as an academic year (two semesters or three quarters) and a summer session. Not all campuses, however, can accommodate summer exchange.

Cost Information

NSE utilizes two different plans for payment of tuition and fees, Plan A and Plan B.  Under Plan A, you will pay the visiting schools in-state tuition and fees.  Under Plan B, you will continue to pay UNK’s tuition and fees.  If you exchange on Plan B and you have UNK scholarships, the majority of the time you will still be able to use your scholarship while you’re away.  Check with your NSE Coordinator to make sure! Room and board is ALWAYS paid to your host campus. Expenses related to transportation to and from the host campus, personal expenses, and travel and sightseeing opportunities while on exchange are your responsibility.  There is a $200 non-refundable application fee due upon submission of your NSE application.

Your Financial Aid will still apply while you’re on exchange.

Application and Placement Process

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Visit the NSE Coordinator to pick up an application.  Review the application and make sure all materials and the application fee are submitted by the appropriate deadline (typically February 15 for the upcoming academic year).  The application consists of demographic information, a study statement, and 3 letters of recommendation. 

Contact Information

Jael Johnson
NSE Coordinator
MSAB – Office of Admissions