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  • Locations: Various, Canada; Various, United States
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Cost: Academic Year
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, French, Spanish Housing Options: Apartment, Off-Campus, Residence Hall
Areas of Study: Archaeological Studies, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Education, English, Exercise and Sport Science, Health, History, Mathematics, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology Program Type: NSE
Click here for a definition of this term Admin Fees: Yes Credits: 12+
Program Description:
PLEASE NOTE: Applications are currently being accepted for the 2019-20 school year. Students interested in studying on NSE for Fall '19, Academic Year '19 - '20, or Spring 2020 should be completing the application for UWL and NSE now. Priority deadline is January 10th, 2019 for initial review.

 Application revisions need to be submitted by February 1st. 
As of 01/12/16, the following campuses will NOT be accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year:
  • Rhode Island College
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Washington

The National Student Exchange (NSE)
NSE offers study opportunities at diverse university settings and provides access to a wide array of courses and programs; field experiences, co-op, and internship options; and resident assistant, honors, and study abroad opportunities of its member campuses.

The program features a tuition reciprocity system that allows students to attend their host institution by paying either the in-state tuition/fees of their host institution or the normal tuition/fees of their home campus. Work completed while on exchange at the host campus is brought back to the home institution and credited to the student's degree program. Each campus has a coordinator who interacts on behalf of incoming and outgoing students with other member campuses and with various departments on their own campus.

NSE is funded through institutional membership fees and student application fees. NSE is administered by a Central Office staff and governed by a Council elected from within the membership.

The values that guide NSE in meeting the diverse needs of our students, coordinators, and member institutions are: excellence in our performance, sensitivity, respect, cooperation, and service to member institutions and their students.


You are encouraged to select colleges and universities that will provide learning opportunities to supplement and complement those of your home institution and assist you in reaching your educational goals. You are also encouraged to select campuses that will stimulate personal growth and development and allow you to experience the educational, geographic, and cultural diversity found among NSE's members.

Carefully consider the answers to the following questions:
  • Can my educational and personal goals and objectives be reasonably accomplished at the campus(es) I have selected?
  • Do I have a flexible academic plan for exchange? If you are dependent on a specific course or courses for graduation or to maintain academic progress, exchange may not be appropriate. Registration in host campus courses is based on offerings and availability and cannot be guaranteed.
  • Has my academic advisor approved the appropriateness, timing, and campus(es) for my exchange?
  • Does the host campus offer access to adequate courses for maintenance of academic progress?
  • Will participating in the exchange delay graduation? If so, is that a problem?
  • How will specialized or unique course offerings at the host campus enhance my academic program and career objectives?
  • Am I proficient in the language of my prospective host campus? (Classes are taught in Spanish at all campuses in Puerto Rico. At most campuses in Quebec, classes are taught in French.)
  • Is the host campus on the same academic calendar as my own? (If you are moving between quarter and semester calendars, planning for an academic year exchange should be strongly considered to maintain your academic progress.)
  • Will the time I have allowed for exchange give me sufficient opportunity to become acquainted with my new academic environment as well as the region, its people, and its culture? (Whenever possible, NSE students are encouraged to exchange for a full academic year.)
  • Are my financial resources sufficient to cover the cost of tuition and fees; room and meals; as well as transportation, travel, and other personal expenses at the host campus?


Program start and end dates will vary by location. When selecting program locations, it is imperative that students try to select a campus that utilizes the traditional fall/spring semester calendar dates as La Crosse. This ensures that students are selecting campuses that do not interfere with a students ability to return/continue with their academic program at La Crosse.

Schools that utilize the Quarter Calendar, have split their academic year into three terms. This poses a problem for La Crosse students because the quarter dates tend to conflict with the La Crosse calendar, and does not guarantee that students will be able to complete a full course load (12 minimum credits) should they attempt a semester at a quarter placement school. If students wish to study at a campus that utilizes the Quarter Calendar, they are encouraged to apply for the Academic Year in order to ensure that students are completing full course loads.


There are over 200 locations that students can select; however, schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota are not options for La Crosse students due tuition and reciprocity agreements already established between Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Students are encouraged to select at least 3-5 different school options when applying for NSE. One of these locations should be a "Plan B: Open" option to guarantee placement.

NOTE: Students who are interested in studying in certain locations in Canada and Puerto Rico, may be required to have adequate French or Spanish language skills in order to be eligible to study in universities where English is not the main language of instruction.

Students who wish to study in Hawaii must be aware that due to its high demand, placements in Hawaii are very rare. If Hawaii is one of your desired locations, you should prepare a solid list of alternate sites in advance due to the fact that placements in Hawaii are rare.


Students from La Crosse are NOT REQUIRED by UWL to stay on-campus while studying at their host-campus; however, some host campus' may require students to stay on-campus. Please check with the host institution to see if you will be required to live on-campus while on exchange. 

Since off-campus housing may be difficult to secure, we highly encourage students to select on-campus housing. This also ensures that students are on-campus and have higher access to campus resources should the need arise. However, students should consider financial resources as well, when making the decision to live on or off campus while on exchange.

Housing options, and details on how to request housing, will be made available to students once they have been placed with a host campus. The host university will provide additional details to students upon availability.


Your home campus NSE coordinator has access to campus placement history and will advise you on choosing a campus that will provide the best probability of priority placement. Students are encouraged to select at least three campus choices. Choosing at least one campus indicated as Excellent in the Chance of Placement feature will help to ensure a placement. These classifications are based on past exchange history and are for informational purposes only. They are not meant to discourage consideration of a specific campus.

As students research possible placement sites, it is important for students to take a look at the placement eligibility for each site. Students will see the following terms when looking at certain sites:

1:1 Placement (MOST COMPETITIVE) Campus will accept fewer than 25% of qualified applicants.

EVEN Placement (COMPETITIVE) Campus will accept fewer than 50% of qualified applicants.

UNEVEN Placement (GOOD) Campus will accept most qualified applicants, but not all.

OPEN Placement (EXCELLENT) Campus will accept nearly all qualified applicants for exchange.

Within the NSE program options, students will notice that there are two payment options utilized by NSE member schools: PLAN A and PLAN B. All the UW Wisconsin Schools are only allowed to send and accept students on Plan B payment options.

Plan B (Home Payment) allows students to pay UWL Tuition! 

*Because we are only able to send students out on Plan B, probability of getting a placement will differ greatly based on the host institutions ability to accept Plan B students. Not all institutions accept Plan B placements at the same rate or ratio. So, for students, we require that at least ONE of their NSE school options be an OPEN school that utilizes a Plan B Option.


  • Full-time (in classroom) enrollment at your NSE home campus
  • Minimum home campus cumulative gpa of 2.5 (4.0 scale)
    • Note: If your GPA for the term preceding exchange falls below a 2.5, your exchange may be subject to cancellation by your home coordinator even though your cumulative GPAis 2.5 or greater.
    • Some institutions may have a higher GPA requirement. For a list of campuses which require higher than a 2.5 GPA, visit this link: NSE Campuses Requiring Higher than 2.5 GPA
  • Good academic standing, students currently on academic probation (I OR II) are NOT eligible until they are back in Good Academic Standing
  • No incomplete grades from previous terms
  • No current or pending probationary status due to academic dishonesty or misconduct
  • No outstanding financial obligations to your home institution
  • No current or pending probationary or disciplinary action for violation of codes of student conduct
  • No probation, parole, or any pending legal judgments (civil or criminal)

Program Application
Start an online study abroad application via the UWL Study Abroad website. As part of the application process,  you will be asked to submit NSE-specific application materials to our office.
Note: In order for your NSE Coordinator to begin your placement, students must submit a $200 non-refundable application fee.This is payable through the UWL Study Abroad Online Application through the material "Submit NSE App Fee." This includes the standard UWL IEE $50 application fee and the $150 NSE application. Regardless of whether students are accepted, denied, withdraw, or unplaced, this application fee is non-refundable. 

Students must complete the entire NSE application process by our internal January deadline and pay the application fee. Placements decisions and student notifications will occur in mid-March, following the NSE Coordinators Placement Conference. 

Once students have been placed, they will receive further instructions from their NSE host institution about how to complete the enrollment procedures for the specific host university.

For more information:
Visit the NSE website:

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.