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National Student Exchange at WOU

Imagine the opportunities available from the combined resources of 160+ campuses with all of their courses and programs. “Curiosity is your compass through NSE.” Experience the diversity of people, culture, and geography of North America through NSE.

The National Student Exchange Program (NSE) is a low-cost option to attend an out-of-state university for up to one full year. NSE offers students the ability to study-away at another university in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada.

Academically-qualified students are given the opportunity to spend up to one year at another school, while paying in-state tuition rates, and maintaining academic progress toward degree requirements, Credits earned during the exchange become part of each students’ home school transcript.

View complete information about NSE-member colleges and universities at

Information Sessions:

At this time, there are no virtual informational sessions scheduled. To learn more about NSE, contact the NSE Coordinator to schedule an individualized informational session.

NSE Alumni

Check out where NSE students have recently studied away! Click here.

Social Media Platforms


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Application Forms

Below you will find the NSE application and recommendation form. Applicants should meet with the NSE Coordinator prior to completing the application for guidance, deadlines, and procedure.

NSE Application 2020-21 Fillable (PDF– fillable)

NSE Recommendation Form (PDF — fillable)

Welcome Information

For NSE students coming to WOU: NSE Incoming FAQs.

Deadline to Apply

Deadline for the priority placement application for the 2020-21 academic year has passed. However, if you are interest in exchange for the upcoming academic year, contact the NSE Coordinator to learn about direct placement availability! Several NSE campus will still accept students for exchange after priority placement (this is known as ‘direct placement’). Deadline for direct placement various (usually mid May for fall, late October for spring).

Contact Information

WOU NSE Coordinator

Western Oregon University
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Room 203, Werner University Center

503-838-8221 or
503-838-8511 FAX