The National Student Exchange (NSE) is an association of about 180 colleges and universities that have joined together to provide tuition reciprocal exchange opportunities for their students. Since 1968, over 70,000 students have been placed at campuses across the U.S., its territories, as well as Canada.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis is a member of NSE, and during the last 10 years has sent dozens of students to locations as diverse as the Universities of Maine and Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Guam. Students have gone to Florida to study marine biology, to the University of Alabama to study criminology and to the University of Montana for Wilderness Studies. Our students have attended a variety of schools in all regions of the country for academic, personal, and social reasons; NSE students froman equally diverse number of campuses have enriched our classes and residence halls and contributed vitally to on-campus life.
What are the eligibility requirements?
Full-time students in good standing with their own instititutions and with a 2.5 GPA may participate in the program.
How to Apply/Application Process:
The application deadline is February 14th for exchange the following fall and/or spring semester. This deadline gives you the greatest options for placement at the annual conference.
Placements can be made anytime after the conference, however these are considered late placement (see below).
Please submit these forms to the NSE Coordinator in 261 MSC by the deadline: Application for Exchange, Program of Study Statement, Faculty Reference, Other-Reference. There is a non-refundable placement fee that will be expected once you have been accepted into the program by the coordinator. Fees are due regardless of the time period of the intended exchange, the placement outcome (accepted or rejected), acceptance of placement, decline of placement, or acceptance and later withdrawal. For the 2013-14 Placement Year the fee is $175.00.
Course Evaluation/Equivalency Form. Please review the instructions for the course equivalancy process and then complete this Course evaluation form to ensure you will receive credit towards your degree at UMSL. Follow the instructions on the front page of this form to have your classes evaluated for UMSL equivalencies on the second page. (This form is due Dec. 1 for Spring semester and May 1 for Summer and Fall semesters)
Placements can be made anytime after the conference, however are considered late placement. If you miss the above deadline you will have to wait until after the conference to speak to the coordinator about a placement.
Late placements severely decrease your options because more than half the schools close at the conference and are not open for late placement. If you have missed the above deadline for conference placement for the follow Fall and/or Spring semester late placement applications will be accepted April 1-October 1.
If you are applying after the deadline, please inquire with our office first as to which schools are still available. Since late placements will be made by students from many different universities, it is in your best interest to meet with the NSE coordinator sooner rather than later.
How can I learn more?
- View the NSE website click here.
- Interactive Map and Search Engine of NSE Campuses
- Take a look at the Map of US Schools, Map of Canadian Schools.
"I spent two semesters studying at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras. I studied a variety of subjects and, despite the relaxing and vacation-like atmosphere you encounter everywhere from the beach to the bank, the classes were very challenging and rewarding. The school offered a variety of classes including foreign languages, sciences, and music classes. Although transportation outside of the San Juan area could be a little tricky, there were always students at the dorms who would take the exchange students with them wherever they were headed. My most valuable possessions were my swimsuit and towel, my electric fan, comfortable sandals, and quarters for the bus and laundry room!
Because tuition and dorms are so inexpensive, I could use my extra money for traveling expenses. I recommend this university to anyone, including those who are not fluent in Spanish." -Lindsay Mitchell
For further information and advising, please contact:
NSE Program Coordinator
One University Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63121
Once nominated by your home university, you will need to complete and return the Quick Application for Visiting Students to the UMSL NSE Coordinator.
Please thoroughly read NSE handbook for incoming NSE Students to UMSL.
Please view the Incoming Exchange Student web page for general UMSL information (*please note, this page is also for international exchange, so some info may not apply to you. You will have a different application process-Please ask for clarification).