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Experience Life from a Different Point of View!

National Student Exchange (NSE) is a consortium of over 180 colleges and universities within the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada*. This academic program offers students the opportunity to study for up to one year at another accredited institution while obtaining UAS credit. The program is extremely affordable and allows students to pay in-state resident tuition at the host institution, or 15 credits and fees at UAS with the option to take up to 18 credits for no additional cost. 

Instead of crossing oceans, NSE students cross state, regional and cultural borders. Participation can be exhilarating, culturally enriching, and one of the most significant experiences of undergraduate education.

Students are encouraged to inquire, research and apply in the fall in order to be included in the spring priority placement process.

To learn more about NSE, visit the NSE web site.

*Canada is not available to UAS students due to visa restrictions.

Alex Bogolepov: NSE participant to Rhode Island College and New Mexico State University

'Each semester was entirely different and rewarding. Both were beyond my expectations and have altered and enriched me. '

Alex Bogolepov: NSE participant to Rhode Island College and New Mexico State University

Academic Road Trip!

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • 2.5 cumulative UAS GPA at time of application AND time of exchange
  • Admitted, full-time, degree seeking student
  • In good academic, judicial, and financial standing
  • Minimum of 24 earned baccalaureate credits at the time of exchange, not application (16 of which must be from UAS)

Students interested in the program must attend UAS for a year before leaving on exchange.

'Take the road less traveled and make the most of it! Go on exchange!'

Finances Matter

Before jumping in, be sure to look at all the costs. This includes application fee, tuition and fees, housing, books, local transportation and travel to and from your desired NSE site. This exchange involves more people and resources than just you so please be conscious of others efforts to make this opportunity happen. If in the end you haven't prepared, you won't be the only one disappointed.


A $225 non-refundable fee is at the time of application. Any placements made after the priority placement date in February will incur an additional $50 late fee.

Tuition and Fees

Depending on university selection and space availability, a student participating in NSE usually has the option to pay tuition and general fees at their home institution or in-state resident tuition and fees at the host school. These financial options are indicated as Plan A or Plan B. Course or lab fees, orientation, parking and other specific fees are paid to the host campus. Some universities require NSE students to pay a small NSE activity fee as well.

Plan A: Student pays residential tuition and fees at the host institution.

Plan B: Student continues to pay UAS for a total of 15 credits and general fees per semester.

Housing and Meals

Room and board are paid to the host campus and vary from location to location. For more information, the NSE web site has campus budgets and details related to each participating institution.


All local transportation and travel costs to and from host institution are the responsibility of the student.

Financial Aid

UA scholarships, tuition waivers (only Plan B), loans, grants and scholarships may be used by NSE participants. Students participating in NSE on Plan A will need to contact the host institution’s Financial Aid office to arrange tuition payment.

Angela Fagerstrom: UAS student to Binghamton University through NSE

'This exchange has been a defining point in my life...absolutely invaluable!'

Angela Fagerstrom: UAS student to Binghamton University through NSE

Courses, Grades, Credits and Transcript

It is the responsibility of the student to have all courses reviewed prior to leaving UAS. The Credit Equivalency form denotes how many credits will be accepted and the specific requirement each course satisfies. General education, major, minor, and elective courses may be taken. When the student returns to UAS and has submitted a transcript from the host institution, the exchange courses are then listed on the UAS transcript with grades, the number of credits, and cumulative grade point average.

Participants sign a NSE Terms of Agreement form before departure that states it is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a transcript from the host university after exchange completion. The transcript is to be mailed to the UAS Academic Exchange office, specifically to the Exchange Coordinator. If a transcript is not obtained by UAS, a hold will be placed on the student’s account. A NSE hold can remain on a student's account for up to one year. After one year, the student will receive a grade “F” for the 15 credits per semester while on exchange.

Alison Hadley (far right): UAS outgoing NSE student to Guam

'After making the long journey and experiencing the island way of life, I realized that there is so much more to life! I not only wanted but NEEDED to see and experience more. NSE opened up the door for me and I'm so glad I stepped through!'

Alison Hadley (far right): UAS outgoing NSE student to Guam

Apply Anytime of the Year!

There is a detailed Application Information Packet that explains the process and contains required forms such as the Fee Receipt and Reference Forms. Print this out and read in its entirety.

The NSE Application is different then the Application Information Packet and also needs to be printed out. It includes the following:

1. NSE Application for exchange. Please complete this form in its entirety.

2. Reference forms. Two academic reference forms are required. One must be from a UAS faculty member, the other may be from an advisor, or dean with knowledge of your academic history. You may want to include a non-academic personal reference, but this does not replace the two academic references. All references are sent directly to Marsha Squires, the NSE Coordinator before February 15, 2019. 

3. Transcripts. An unofficial transcript of all UAS coursework may be found on UA Online.

4. Personal statement. This should be a general short essay (approx. 500 words). Consider academic expectations, goals and aspirations, personal growth, as well as why you think you are a good NSE candidate and what has prepared you to be successful as an NSE participant. Also share your degree of travel outside of Juneau and your understanding of culture shock.

5. Recent photograph. Please electronically send a photo for your file to Make sure we can see your face clearly. 

6. Non-refundable $225 Application Fee Receipt. Payment should be paid to Student Accounts; please submit a copy of the receipt for the payment with your application. Application packets are considered incomplete until the receipt has been provided.

7. Inquiry conversation. Once your application is completed and submitted, one last appointment should be arranged.

Priority Placement

In spring, coordinators from all the NSE consortium institutions meet at an annual conference to match students with their desired exchange site. This process is called priority placement. If you miss this application opportunity, there is still a chance to apply for exchange yet your options of payment plan and university may be limited. This is labeled as a post-conference placement.


The priority placement deadline is Feb. 15, 2019 for the following fall and/or spring semesters, as well as the full academic year.

Applications submitted after the priority deadline date will incur an additional $50 late fee and may not be completely processed until April 1st. This application will be filled as a post-conference application.

Post-conference Applications

Post-conference applications will be accepted after the annual priority placement deadline. Although placement is usually successful for post-conference applicants, institutional options are limited. Some schools only accept placements at the annual conference and then close their offerings until the following year. All post-conference placements incur a $50 late fee on top of the application cost.

Heather Horton and Rachel Trapp: UAS outgoing NSE students visiting NYC

'Never knew I'd have so much fun! Heather Horton'

Heather Horton and Rachel Trapp: UAS outgoing NSE students visiting NYC

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