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National Student Exchange
Various, Various Canada; Various, Various U.S. (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Restrictions: URI applicants only
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, French, Spanish
Class Standing: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Description:
Program Description:
The National Student Exchange (NSE) is a not-for-profit, tuition-reciprocal consortium that provides affordable inter-institutional study away opportunities for eligible students enrolled at member campuses within the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students can choose to study for one semester or the academic year. With nearly 175 colleges and universities from which to choose, you should be able to find a campus with just the right combination of courses, facilities, and environment to meet your personal and academic needs and interests.


While courses are available across many discplines, NSE students should have a flexible academic plan while on exchange. Enrollment in any specific course cannot be guaranteed.

Some NSE campuses have LIMITED and/or CLOSED academic programs, departments, and/or courses. Please review this information on the Academic Programs tab on the campus profile of campus(es) that interest you.

Students must meet pre-requisites and/or co-requisites as determined by their host campus in order to register for certain courses.

Registration priority is determined by the host campus. Some campuses allow NSE students to register early (thus very few courses will be full), but other campuses allow NSE students to register late (thus some courses will be full). View the registration priority info on the Academic Programs tab of each campus profile.

With the exception of some campuses in Puerto Rico and Quebec, the language of instruction at all NSE campuses is English. Students for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate English language proficiency as part of the home campus application process. TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS, or other language tests may also be required by some host campuses.


Accommodation styles and availability vary depending on the host institution. Accommodation information including availability and estimated costs is listed on the Profile Page of the institution at


NSE utilizes two different plans for payment of tuition and fees:
Host Payment (Plan A) - student pays in-state (resident/provincial) tuition and fees directly to the host campus.
Home Payment (Plan B) - student pays instate tuition and fees to URI.

URI utilizes both options - Host Payment (Plan A) and Home Payment (Plan B). You will need to look at the host campus options to determine which plans they use. If they only use one plan, this will be your only option of exchange payment plan. If they offer both, you will be placed on the plan that works best for the host institution with preference on Home Payment (Plan B) first.

Note- whether you exchange on Host Payment (Plan A) or Home Payment (Plan B), if you live in on-campus housing, you will pay room and meals directly to your host campus.

Financial Aid
Host Payment (Plan A) – URI scholarships, such as Centennial, Hardge or University Grants do not apply to program costs, and Federal Aid is disbursed by the host institution.
Home Payment (Plan B) – URI tuition waivers and scholarships, such as Centennial, Hardge, or University Grants do apply to program costs, and Federal Aid is disbursed by URI. Rhode Island tuition waivers can be applied only to Home Payment (Plan B) exchange.

Important Notes about Financial Aid:
Disbursement of financial aid can only be made ten days prior to the start of the recipient’s first day of class. Therefore, some NSE expenses (housing, airline tickets, books) will need to be paid before financial aid is received and students should plan accordingly.


The priority deadline for academic year 2019-2020, fall 2019 and spring 2020 is Friday, February 15, 2019.

After the priority deadline, a URI representative attempts to place students based on their application preferences. Placement probabilities are governed by the number of openings at an institution and the number of students seeking that location.

Once placed at a host institution, students will receive notice of a mandatory NSE Placement Meeting. At this meeting students will:
  • Learn which institution accepted their application;
  • Sign an agreement to accept or decline their placement;
  • Learn about next steps and processes moving forward;
  • Learn if they have been selected for any special scholarships.


For additional information including details on the specific host institutions, go to

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