UW Oshkosh


University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO)

Office of International Education (OIE)

ABOUT: National Student Exchange (NSE)


What is the National Student Exchange?

The National Student Exchange (NSE) allows you, a UW Oshkosh full-time undergraduate, to "trade places" with a student who attends another institution through the NSE, a network of nearly 200 universities and colleges. Visit www.nse.org for details, policies, procedures, and a comprehensive list of participating institutions. With nearly 200 colleges and universities from which to choose, you should be able to find a campus with just the right combination of courses, facilities, and environment to meet your academic and personal interests. As you consider the possibilities, notice that you also have the opportunity to travel beyond the United States, and study in Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands!

How does it work?

By exchanging through the "Plan B model" you will pay tuition and student fees to UW Oshkosh, while all other fees such as housing and meal plans are charged to you by your hosting instution. If eligible, financial aid may be used. After financial aid dispurses at Oshkosh, your tuition will be covered for your exchange, and remaining money can be used to pay your host institution costs.

Students enroll full time in the host institution, pay housing and dining contracts on the host campus (if campus housing is available), and pay for books. If student fees at the host institution are accessed as a condition of enrollment (e.g., fees for laboratory courses, general service, computers, technology, and art and photography supplies) you will be responsible for paying the fees to the host campus. Full time enrollment allows you to participate in both the educational and cultural activities of the host institution with the same rights and privileges of native students.

Most students elect a full-year exchange; however, a student may choose to attend one semester or two quarters where applicable. However, your eligibility is limited to the equivalent of one academic year.

You may also choose to exchange as a "Linked Student"! This is a great opportunity that allows you and your friends to visit a campus together. Speak with the NSE Coordinator for details.

What are my chances of placement at an institution I select?

Placement means a host institution accepts you to enroll as a NSE exchange student. The UW Oshkosh NSE coordinator does not make that decision. Most placements are made at the NSE conference in early March. Annually, 97 percent of the applicants are placed at one of their campus choices.

Placement probabilities are governed by the number of openings at an institution and the number of students seeking that location. Work with the NSE Coordinator to help you consider the best opportunity for placement, and remember you may only consider placement as a Plan B student!

What can I do to improve my chances of placement?

  • Thoroughly study campuses that interest you, paying the closest attention to course offerings so that your campus choices fit your interests and academic program.
  • Make sure to study campuses that accept students on the Plan B exchange, as Plan A institutions are not available to Wisconsin students.
  • Rank no less than three campuses at which you wish to be placed.
  • Be aware you will face stiff competition to be placed at campuses in popular locations, so have a reasonable back up university!
  • Be flexible in selecting your first, second, and third choices.

Will I be placed at more than one of my choices?

No. At the early March NSE placement conference you will not be placed at more than one institution of your choice, if you are placed at that time. For example, should you be placed at your second choice institution, the following will have happened: Your first choice institution did not place you; and your application to your third (and subsequent) choice institution will not have been made available to that NSE coordinator. Once placed the student’s application is no longer circulated. No student is placed at more than one institution.

Imagine the NFL Draft...if you aren't selected in Round 1, then you move to Round 2. If you are selected in Round 2, your application is no longer available to the institutions you chose for Round 3. You are now "placed" and out of the placement system. Keep going through the rounds (up to Round 6) until you are placed.

May I apply to participate if I am not a student at UW Oshkosh?

No. Students must be enrolled full time at UW Oshkosh during the semester prior to placement (acceptance by a host institution).

May I apply to participate if I am not a student at all?


Deadlines: NSE Applications for both Fall and Spring semester

Applications for placement to study at a NSE member institution will be accepted through the 2nd Friday in February. Because NSE coordinators will place students in early March each year, students who miss the application deadline will not be placed at this conference, and must then meet with the UW Oshkosh NSE Coordinator to consider post conference placement opportunities.

February 2nd, 2018 (noon) – Your NSE Application must be completed (Steps I & II) by this date. As soon as possible after January 1, file your FAFSA--indicating UW Oshkosh as your home campus. Do NOT put any other institution in your FAFSA.

February 9th, 2018 (noon) – Your NSE Application must be completed (Step III) by this date.

Start your NSE application by clicking here.

Contact Information

Who can I contact for more information?

For questions related to the NSE, stop at the Office of International Education in Dempsey 202, email nse@uwosh.edu, or call 424-0775.

This page was updated on August 22, 2017