Study Away Opportunity – National Student Exchange

The National Student Exchange is a study away opportunity in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Please contact Leah Panganiban at for a brochure and application. She will work with UW Seattle students to help select campuses that will fit their personal and academic needs and interests.

The National Student Exchange gives eligible students access to the resources of nearly 200 member colleges and universities which range in size from some of the largest research universities to some of the best small liberal arts colleges. NSE includes Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions, and a number of ethnically mixed campuses. Since its beginning in 1968, NSE has placed more than 110,000 students for exchange.

UW Seattle students can participate for a single term or for an academic year to access courses and programs not available here. Students also participate in NSE to look for graduate schools or employment opportunities. Since the majority of UW Seattle students are from this area, it is a great benefit to have exposure to other areas of the country and to other academic settings. The changes seen in student attitudes, understanding of different people in other settings, maturity, risk-taking, and decision-making are similar to the experiences of students who study internationally.

Among other criteria, students qualify for the program by being in good standing, having a cumulative 2.5 GPA, being a full-time student, presenting academic and personal goal statements and securing recommendations, and participating in an interview process. Prior to exchange, the student must have secured a written advising agreement.

NSE operates with tuition reciprocity and financial aid portability. With placement rates of 97 percent, UW Seattle students easily find a location to meet both their academic and personal objectives.

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