National Student Exchange (NSE) at WOU


What Is NSE? A low-cost option to study out-of-state for up to one full year.


History of NSE: The National Student Exchange was established in the 1967-68 academic year with three state-supported campuses in the United States exchanging seven students among their universities. Administrators on those campuses wanted to help students who could not take advantage of studying abroad by providing them the opportunity to learn about new people and new places through study in another part of the United States. Using NSE, students could exchange to state-supported NSE member campuses in other states without having to pay the high cost for out-of-state tuition. NSE has retained that basic idea during its development as it has grown to over 160+ member campuses placing over 2,000+ students for exchange annually.

While the majority of members are still state-supported, NSE now includes several private campuses as well as Canadian institutions. The basic concept, however, remains the same. Students either pay their normal tuition and fees to their home campus or pay the in-state tuition and fees to the host campus. Private campuses usually prefer the plan where students pay tuition and fees at the home campus as they do normally. Each campus determines the fee payment plan under which it can operate. Room and meals are always paid to the host campus.


WOU students apply for participation with the WOU NSE Coordinator. If they are approved for participation, they are accepted on exchange by the host campus on a space available basis. Financial aid is applied for, awarded, and disbursed from the campus at which students pay their tuition and fees.


Before students leave home for study-away placement they are instructed to have written approval for courses to be taken along with a determination of how those courses will be accepted into their home campus academic program.

Contact Info.

You can get more information about the National Student Exchange program by contacting:

WOU NSE Coordinator
Werner University Center, Room 203

Western Oregon University
345 Monmouth Avenue N.
Monmouth, OR 97361

(503) 838-8221 or email:

(503) 838-8511 FAX

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