National Student Exchange (NSE) is a program for undergraduate students to exchange within the United States, U.S. Territories, and Canada. An NSE student crosses state, regional, provincial and cultural borders, and in some cases the ocean (think Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands).
NSE was established in 1968 with three universities exchanging seven students among their institutions. Administrators from those institutions wanted to help students who would not or could not take advantage of studying abroad by providing them with living and learning opportunities within their own country. Since then, NSE has grown beyond the founders greatest imaginations and has provided life-changing opportunities to more than 100,000 students.
A Proud Tradition
Illinois State University is a founding member of NSE, along with the University of Alabama and the University of Montana.