National Student Exchange

NSE logoUNK is a member of the National Student Exchange, (NSE), a network of US and Canadian universities where students can spend a semester or academic year studying while paying their usual home tuition rates. 

What is the National Student Exchange (NSE)?

The National Student Exchange (NSE) is a consortium of over 170 universities in the United States and Canada. The NSE was established in 1968 and has had more than 120,000 students participate in exchanges. Students exchange for a semester or academic year.


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

  • Minimum of a 2.5 GPA
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Completed at least 28 credit hours at the time of the exchange
  • Have no incomplete grades from previous terms

How does it work?

Students can choose to participate in the National Student Exchange through the Home Payment Plan. On the 'Home' plan, students remain enrolled at UNK while studying classes at a host university. Tuition and fees are paid at UNK, just as if they were here, but all housing, meals, and other costs will be paid at the host university. Most UNK scholarships and financial aid will apply as usual on Home Pay.

Why study through NSE?

  • Experience personal growth and independence
  • Study with new professors and experts in your field
  • Broaden your educational perspective
  • Pursue research, field study, and internship opportunities
  • Live in different geographic and cultural settings

Application and Placement Process

Research your options by going to

Complete the application online make sure all materials and the application fee are submitted by the appropriate deadline. 

Contact Information

Holly Peterson                                                    
NSE Coordinator
MSAB – Student Affairs Office