Skip to content


National Student Exchange (NSE) is a group of colleges and universities that work together to provide students from around the country access to their programs. It is an exciting opportunity to attend one of more than 150 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam for either a semester or an academic year.

National Student Exchange compass logo
The main NSE website is at

If you qualify, you will become one of more than 110,000 students who have participated in the NSE program since its inception. Each school year about 4,500 students from around the country participate in an NSE program. UH Hilo was one of the first members, having joined the consortium in the 1970's.

Why go on exchange?

  • Learn more about yourself
  • Live in a different geographic environment
  • Experience another college setting
  • Explore a particular academic interest
  • Gain knowledge and understanding about other cultures
  • Teach others about the misconceptions of Hawaii.
  • Recognize the value of your own culture
  • Research schools for graduate programs
  • Take classes that UH Hilo doesn't offer
  • Make yourself more competitive for a job or graduate program
NSE Coordinator
Holly Garriques