Why NSE - Reasons to Participate in NSE

National Student Exchange embodies the overall mission of Utah Valley University by providing meaningful Engagement Opportunities for its students. The National Student Exchange (NSE), which is a service within the Career Development Center, provides opportunities for you, as an undergraduate, to study for up to one calendar year at another NSE member college or university and pay in-state tuition.

With over 200 colleges and universities from which to choose, you should be able to find a campus that is “custom” to your degree plan, with just the right combination of courses, facilities, and environment to meet your personal and academic needs and interests. Spending time at another campus will allow you to grow academically and personally, and you will develop a greater appreciation for the different regions, cultures, and people. As you consider the possibilities, notice that NSE extends beyond the borders of the United States to include U.S. territories as well as some Canadian provinces. Students participate in order to:

  • Broaden personal and educational perspectives
  • Explore and appreciate new cultures
  • Widen university boundaries
  • Take courses not offered at the home campus
  • Learn from different professors
  • Access courses with different perspectives
  • Explore new areas of study
  • Experience personal growth
  • Break out of their comfort zones
  • Live in a different geographic area
  • Acquire life skills
  • Investigate graduate or professional schools
  • Look for future employment opportunities
  • Become more independent and resourceful

NSE is a "study away" experience that fits into university initiatives for globalization and diversity. NSE participants have found their exchanges culturally enriching, academically rewarding, and one of the most significant experiences of their undergraduate education, Since it’s founding in 1968, more than 100,000 students have had the opportunity to experience life from a different point of view.

To qualify for participation, you will need a 3.0 cumulative GPA and one-year of university work, to join more than 100,000 students who have been placed in life-changing exchange situations which challenged their thinking, expanded their educational, personal experiences, and encouraged them to take risks and reap the rewards of doing so.