National Student Exchange
It’s time to see the world and you can do it with the National Student Exchange (NSE).
Minnesota State University Moorhead holds membership in the National Student Exchange (NSE), a cooperative relationship among more than 165 (NSE) colleges and universities in the United States and its territories. Through the NSE, students may spend up to one full year in residence at a participating college as an exchange student.
MSUM students have recently been placed at California State University-San Bernardino, University of Alaska, Anchorage, the University of Northern Colorado, University of Guam, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa and at Hilo. MSUM students have skied on Montana’s Rocky Mountains, sunned themselves off the Pacific Ocean and explored the glaciers of Alaska. If that doesn’t sound exciting, think about having new classes, experiencing different cultures, or living in a new climate.
Advantages of NSE
- You do not have to transfer; you remain an MSUM student while you’re on NSE.
- You pay resident (in-state) tuition and fees at the host university or the rate normally paid at MSUM.
- You may attend for a semester or year.
- There is a coordinator at MSUM and each of the host universities that will help to plan your exchange, orientate you at the host institution, and help you on your return to MSUM.
- Each college maintains detailed information on all of the other universities.
No current informational sessions are planned. Please sign up for an individual appointment to learn more!
Eligibility requirements below are applicable at the time of application and at the completion of the term prior to your exchange.
- Completed a minimum of 12 credits.
- Have a minimum of 2.5 (4.0 scale) GPA.
- National Student Exchange (NSE) Application Form (apply online through nse.org)
- NSE Reference Form (1 reference only)
- Departmental Request for Course Exception Form (for major and minor course substitutions)
- LASC Worksheet (for LASC substitutions)
Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are currently being accepted. Deadline is during the first week of February. Placement decisions will be made in mid-March.
An application, two letters of recommendation, and a meeting with the NSE Coordinator are all required prior to selection for the program.
A $175 non-refundable application fee is charged.
MSUM students often use scholarships, loans and grants to participate. Students are awarded financial aid from the campus at which they pay their tuition and fees. An MSUM financial aid representative will available to assist students seeking aid for the exchange program.
Sounds like a great program but you’re not sure where you want to go? Check out the NSE website and get information about the member universities and colleges and find out how the program works.
NSE is an academic program. Students participate in credit course work at a host university and transfer the credits back to their home institutions. MSUM students can earn full credit for a semester or one year on exchange. Using the process of concurrent registration, students meet with their advisor and receive approval of their course selections before leaving MSUM.
Upon receipt of an official transcript from the host institution, the courses and grades will transfer back to MSUM and be placed on the student's record.