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Mission of NSE at WSU

The National Student Exchange is a study-away experience that responds to its member-university initiatives for globalization, diversity, and engagement. Founded in 1968, more than 113,000 students have participated in exchanges that are culturally enriching, academically rewarding, and experientially significant. For many, a domestic exchange is more appropriate, comfortable, and affordable than study abroad.

Take a look at what our returning NSE students are saying!


“I’ve made longtime friends and memories that I’ll cherish forever.” – Exchanged at a school in Louisiana

“This exchange has been my favorite part of college :)” -Participated in “Semester in the Wild” at University of Idaho

“Go somewhere new …” -Exchanged at a school in Texas


Benefits of Studying Away through NSE

WSU students participating in an NSE study-away program gain insight into the historical and cultural makeup of different regions, improve their communications skills with individuals from different backgrounds, and prepare themselves to live and work in a culturally diverse society. You will also:


  • Take advantage of tuition reciprocity that allows students to attend a host institution by paying the normal tuition/fees of their WSU home campus.
  • Earn credits while on exchange at the host institution that are transferable to WSU.
  • Take courses, or “special and unique programs,” not available at WSU.
  • Explore future career options and investigate potential graduate schools.
  • Work with a coordinator in the WSU Transfer Resource Center who interacts with outgoing WSU students as well as incoming students from partner NSE schools.
  • Gain skills that demonstrate to employers and graduate schools that you sought an experience beyond your comfort zone and challenged you to see life from a different point of view.

Nearly200The number of accredited, baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities—including WSU—in the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands that are part of the NSE consortium.

7Number of WSU students studying at NSE schools in 2017-18 in Texas, California, Montana, New York, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Idaho.

2WSU is one of two institutions in the state that are a part of NSE.

Where Can I Go to Study Away?

The map below is linked to a downloadable PDF that lists all of the nearly 200 accredited, baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities you can study away at. Further details can be explored on