Globalization of Education

What is the National Student Exchange Program?

The National Student Exchange (NSE) provides students the opportunity to gain study away experience at a NSE participating university within the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students can choose to study for one semester or the academic year.

With nearly 175 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 personal and academic needs and interests.


Approval of students participation in the National Student Exchange is managed by the Office of International Education, in consultation with the students’ respective college deans, and the Office of Judicial Affairs (social standing). Selection is based on the following criteria:

  • QPA (minimum of 2.5)
  • Language proficiency (when applicable)
  • Recommendation of URI academic advisor, dean, and/or professor
  • Written personal statement of plans and goals for the period of study abroad and/or internship
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