What is it?

Most of us think of Exchange by studying abroad overseas or to another country. Many students do not have the opportunity to study abroad due to cost or for a variety of other reasons. The National Student Exchange (NSE) allows students a unique opportunity to enhance their educational experience by studying at 200 accredited universities within the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NSE provides an opportunity for students to explore a new area and assess the feasibility of living there for a future program of study or for work.

Through NSE students have the ability to:

  • Enrich your personal and educational experiences
  • Become more independent
  • Immerse yourself in a new and different environment
  • Take courses that may not be available at WVU
  • Acquire life skills
  • Explore new areas of study
  • Break out of your comfort zone
  • Search for graduate schools or employment opportunities
  • Experience life from a different point of view

NSE allows for a tuition reciprocity system. This system allows for students to attend their host institution by paying either the in-state tuition/fees of their host intuition or the normal tuition and fees of their home campus. Work completed while on exchange at the host campus is brought back to the home institution and credited to the student’s degree.

Participating Schools

As mentioned on the home page, NSE has nearly 200 schools within its network that students can exchange with. The schools are located in all 50 U.S. States, Guam, Puerto Rico and Canada. For more information on the schools that are available to exchange to within this academic year visit the NSE website.

How Do I Apply?

First you must contact someone in the NSE office at WVU and schedule this meeting. During this meeting you will discuss the opportunity and experience you will have by being able to exchange to another school for a semester or full academic year. Next, you will receive the NSE application. You must then return this to the NSE office to further discuss your exchange experience. After the review of the application and acceptance into the program, you will need to meet with your academic advisor to discuss the impact on your coursework. Then you will be able to work with the NSE office and the host campus to work on a financial plan, schedule for classes and prepare for your exchange.

Contact Info

Gretchen Meyer
WVU National Student Exchange Coordinator
206 Elizabeth Moore Hall
PO Box 6411
Morgantown, WV 26506
fax: 304-293-2782

Financial Options

When Studying with the National Student Exchange offers two financial options for the program. It is up to the student and the coordinator to decide which is best for student in the program.

Host Payment: With Host Payment, you are able to pay your host campus instate tuition and fees directly.

Home Payment: With Home Payment, you pay the tuition and fees you would normally pay to your institution.

For more information please look to the National Student Exchange website or contact the National Student Exchange Coordinator.