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Office of International Studies and Programs

National Student Exchange (NSE)

The National Student Exchange (NSE) provides opportunities for you to study for a quarter, semester or year at another NSE college or university in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands - all while continuing to pay regular tuition at CWU or in-state tuition at the NSE host university. Students can also use their current financial aid on a NSE exchange. NSE Programs are very often less expensive than CWU.

NSE SCHOOLSSemester COSTSavings Over CWU
Brandon University$1,857$2,643
Utah Valley University$2,292$2,208
CSU, San Bernardino$2,400$2,100
Eastern Oregon University$2,412$2,088
East Central University$2,431$2,069
University of New Orleans$2,582$1,918
University of Regina$2,658$1,842
Western Oregon University$2,663$1,837


With a multitude of options available, 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. NSE is also a great way to explore new areas of study, investigate graduate schools, and seek future employment.

Next Steps

Go to to find more information about the school such as classes, campus size, location, and student life. Think about these sorts of questions:

  • Region of the U.S. do you prefer / want to avoid?
  • How big or small of a city or university you are comfortable with.
  • On-campus or off-campus housing.
  • Type of classes do you need to take
  • Transportation
  • If considering Canada (French) or Porto Rico (Spanish), necessary language skills.

Contact study abroad staff at the CWU Study Abroad Office at to ask questions, make an appointment, or for application help.