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National Student Exchange

Participate in the National Student Exchange

How about spending a semester diving off the coast of Sitka, Alaska? Or studying active volcanoes in Hawai'i? Or, how about taking on an internship at a large marketing firm in New York City? Then you should consider the National Student Exchange program! 

You can study for a semester or a year at one of nearly 200 campuses in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or Canada. You pay tuition either at ISU or the resident rate at the school you choose to go to. National Student Exchange is an affordable opportunity to:

  • Access new and exciting courses
  • Expand your research experience
  • Explore and appreciate new cultures
  • Investigate graduate schools
  • Look for future employment
  • Become more independent and resourceful


To be eligible for participation in the National Student Exchange, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at time of application and exchange
  • Be enrolled full time at time of application and exchange
  • Be in good academic standing and no incomplete grades from previous terms
  • No current or pending probationary status
  • No outstanding financial obligations to ISU
  • You must attend a Study Abroad/NSE information session before applying

Application Process

Apply by October 1 to exchange at select campuses for Sping 2020, or apply by February 21, 2020, to exchange for the 2020/2021 academic year. Steps to apply:

  1. Attend a Study Abroad/NSE information session or meet one-on-one with the NSE Coordinator, Amber Greening (
  2. Apply online at Be sure to upload an unofficial transcript and a completed NSE Reference Form from an ISU faculty or staff member.
  3. Pay a non-refundable application fee of $200, good for one academic year of exchange eligibility.*

If you have any questions throughout the process, be sure to reach out to Amber Greening (

*make checks payable to Student Opportunity Development, add "NSE" in the memo section

Study Abroad


Study at one of our International Partner Schools

Go farther, and study away at one of our international partner universities. Similar to the National Student Exchange, Idaho State University's Study Abroad program provides you the opportunity to study in Europe, Asia, South America, and even Northern Africa, at ISU tution rates. You can keep your financial aid here but pay housing and living expenses in the country you visit. Choose from 10 different locations across the globe!

Visit the Study Abroad page to learn more. And be sure to attend a Study Abroad/NSE information session to learn about your options for exchange while at Idaho State University.