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1. What is it?

The National Student Exchange program (NSE) is a unique opportunity to enhance your education. Nearly 200 institutions in the United States (including Boise State University), Canada, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Island and Guam are members of NSE. NSE coordinators negotiate exchanges at the member institutions.

2. How long can I participate in the NSE program?

The preferred length of study is one year. However, sometimes it is possible to study for a semester.

3. Why should I participate?

Many students choose to study on NSE to access courses not offered at Boise State. The credits you take will count toward your Boise State degree and this will help you graduate on time. You can access courses unavailable at Boise State and add depth or breadth to your degree program. We believe that exploring the diversity of the United States is a great opportunity to understand the country in which you live. Finally, you could study in a location you have always dreamed about!

4. How much does it cost?

 It is a tuition-reciprocity program. There are two payment plans. On Host Pay,  you pay the in-state tuition and fees of the host school. On Home Pay, you pay the amount you are currently paying to Boise State.

All NSE students are charged a $400 study abroad and exchange fee for each semester they are on exchange.

5. What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Sophomore standing or higher at the time of the exchange
  • Good academic and conduct standing at Boise State
  • No incomplete grades in current semester
  • Have not previously applied to or attended NSE host campus

6. How does financial aid work?

On NSE, you receive aid from the school you will be paying. Therefore, you should list every possible exchange site on your FAFSA. School codes are listed on

7. What about scholarships?

 If you are receiving significant scholarship money from Boise State, you should request to be placed on Home Pay. Otherwise, you will be eligible for scholarships from the host campus, which you may or may not receive.

8. How does the NSE placement work?

 NSE placements are made at the placement conference held in March. This is your best chance of getting your first choice host campus, because some schools are not available after the conference. The deadline for applications will always be at the end of February. Post conference placements are limited to space availability.

9. What are my chances of getting my first choice school?

Ninety percent of students get their first choice school. But, some schools are extremely competitive and placement is not guaranteed. Please talk to the NSE coordinator about this issue.

10. So, NSE this is a good way to transfer right?

 No, NSE is not a transfer program. It is an exchange program the intent is that you will return to Boise State and graduate. If you wish to transfer, NSE is not the right program for you.

11. When do I find out about my placement?

 You will learn your placement as soon as the NSE coordinator returns from the conference. You will have to attend the mandatory NSE orientation to learn your host campus.