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National Student Exchange


NSE Coordinator:

Student Services Center, Room E-209
Phone: (808) 932-7389
Office email:


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National Student Exchange (NSE) expands educational opportunities for students by enabling them to attend any of the more than 170 participating colleges and universities for up to one academic year while paying resident tuition.

Students are encouraged to access different environments and courses, unique programs, field studies, and internships or to investigate graduate programs, professional schools, and career options. Through the NSE program, students can widen their educational horizons, broaden perspectives and enhance personal growth by living in a different geographic and cultural setting.

It is important to note that there are two groups of exchange students: incoming or outgoing. "Incoming" means you are traveling from another state to University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo to study, whereas "outgoing" means you are student of UH Hilo and are preparing to depart to one of the many host campuses available through NSE.

For those outgoing we encourage you to experience culture, environments and programs on the continental U.S. that will enhance your skills sets and expand your network in your field of study.

For incoming students we welcome you to the Big Island and wish to inform and prepare you for the diverse cultures and peoples with whom you are about to interact!

Information about outgoing or incoming can be found under the tabs on the left. Please explore our site to find out more about our domestic exchange programs!

Services provided

  • Program information and materials
  • Advising for both incoming and outgoing students
  • Registration and enrollment assistance
  • Orientation for incoming NSE students
  • Social and cultural activities for incoming students
  • Liaison with the central National Student Exchange Office