- new class opportunities
- professors and experts in your field
- research, field study, and internship opportunities
- investigate graduate schools
- personal growth/independence
- international and/or intercultural understanding
- explore the historical and cultural makeup of the U.S. and Canada
- connections and professional development
- live and work in a culturally diverse society
Frequently Asked Questions
You can participate in an NSE exchange for up to one full academic year or a shorter term. For schools on the semester system (as opposed to quarters), this includes fall, spring and summer terms. For schools that have quarters, this includes fall, winter, spring and summer quarters.
You can go on exchange to two different institutions during one or more academic years with the permission of both home and host coordinators as long as the cumulative total period for the exchanges does not exceed one calendar year. Two NSE applications must be submitted (one for each school) and two application fees ($200) will be required.
Most schools have on-campus housing available for incoming students. Some schools have highly competitive or limited housing availability, which may mean you'll need to live off-campus. On-campus housing is not mandatory but it is recommended. On-campus housing helps provide you with full immersion. The NSE Directory has housing information about specific schools. The directory is available in the Off-Campus Study Programs office.
Yes. You and a friend can apply to go to the same school. Keep in mind that doing so reduces your chances of being placed at certain institutions. Talk with an NSE advisor to learn more.
The NSE office will register you for an off-campus study course. This will maintain your U of M status and help you collect financial aid more readily.
You will have access to your U of M email account while you are on exchange. All official communication from the U of M will continue to be sent to your U of M email account, and it's important that you continue to check your email account while you are on exchange. You will also need to notify the U of M of your current address while you are on an exchange; this will enable you to receive any postal mail the U of M sends to you. You may update your current address through OneStop.
Expenses include, but are not limited to, housing and meal costs, travel, social events, entertainment, sporting events, and activities/lab fees at your host campus.
There are many schools that will still consider your application even if the deadline has passed. Contact an NSE advisor for assistance. It is strongly recommended, however, that you submit your application before the official application deadline. This will greatly increase your chances of being placed at the school of your choice.