Curiosity is Your Compass: National Student Exchange

Madelyn Day, ‘22, studied at California State University, Monterey Bay for the Fall 2017 term.
Madelyn Day, ‘22, studied at California State University, Monterey Bay for the Fall 2017 term.

The National Student Exchange (NSE) program provides students the opportunity to gain experience studying at a NSE member campus, all of which are 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. Students on NSE have the opportunity to broaden their personal and educational experiences, engage in different geographic and cultural settings and develop skills for a 21st century job market. Madelyn Day, a PharmD student at URI, said this of her experience studying at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) in fall 2017, “I chose to participate in the NSE because it was a great and easy way for me to see parts of the country I’d never been to, like studying abroad without the language and transfer credit barrier. I learned the ins and outs of a new culture and made some amazing international friends.”

NSE includes diverse university settings and access to a wide array of courses, programs, field experiences and internships. Campuses range in size from some of the largest research universities in the country to some of the best, small liberal arts colleges. NSE membership includes Hispanic-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities; and a number of ethnically mixed campuses. Member campuses can be found at

Ted Giraitis-Quaye, ‘18, studied at Florida International University for the Fall 2017 term.

Ted Giraitis-Quaye, a marketing major at URI, studied at Florida International University (FIU) in fall 2017. “I networked with a lot of different people while at FIU. I learned to step outside of my comfort zone more as well,” Giraitis-Quaye said. “I would tell students to plan ahead of time and keep their mind open to many different schools and cultures. Also make sure the school has the classes relevant to your major. Join many different clubs as well to make friends too.​”

Applications are now being accepted Academic Year 2018-2019, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. Placements at host campuses are made on a space available basis. Submit an application by the priority deadline of February 16, 2018 to have full access to all member institutions. To learn more information about the program or start an application, go to

Join us at one of the information booths scheduled in the Memorial Union from 10am-1pm on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, January 24
  • Monday, January 29
  • Wednesday, February 7
  • Monday, February 12
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