National Student Exchange Quick Guide

What is National Student Exchange?

National Student Exchange (NSE) offers UCA students an opportunity to study away through member colleges and universities throughout the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S Virgin Islands.  Students apply for admission through NSE and upon acceptance enroll in classes representing their major or minor.

General Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Completion of at least one term of full-time attendance at UCA prior to submitting an application
  • Completion of at least one academic year at UCA prior to exchange
  • Full-time enrollment
  • Must be in good standing at home campus
  • $150 non-refundable application fee to National Student Exchange


Applying to National Student Exchange


  • Research the different exchange opportunities available at
  • Schedule an appointment with the Office of Study Abroad to receive details on payment options, courses offered, housing, living expenses, and other relevant exchange information.
  • Visit the National Student Exchange Application page to begin your initial application.
  • Deadline for fall 2021 priority placement is Feb. 26th. If payment is not received by March 1st, the student’s application will be deleted.
  • April 1st is the deadline to apply for NSE in fall 2021.

Payment Options

  • Host Payment (Plan A): Student pays in-state (resident/provincial) tuition and fees directly to the host campus (and no tuition is paid to the home campus)
  • Home Payment (Plan B):  Student pays their normal tuition and fees to their home campus (and no tuition is paid to the host campus)
    UCA scholarships and financial aid apply

General Student Responsibilities

Once students are nominated by the Office of Study Abroad, students are responsible for the following:

  • Applying to the partner school and submitting all necessary documents
  • Acquiring the appropriate travel documentation including a passport (if necessary)
  • Making travel arrangements
  • Arranging accommodations
  • Providing financial support for personal and food expenses during the program
  • Insurance (if required by host institution)

UCA Study Away Credit

Students will earn study away course credit through NSE and receive a grade for each class that will appear on the UCA transcript upon program completion. Returning NSE students will earn transfer credit and therefore the grades count in the overall cumulative GPA. The grades will not be listed as the UCA Institutional GPA.

Financial Aid and Study Away

Please reach out to the Office of Financial Aid on eligibility of aid for National Student Exchange. Program budgets are available at