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Advantages to Participating in the National Student Exchange

There are several advantages available to students looking to study at another university or college. The ability to study at a member institution, while taking courses not available at the University of South Carolina, as well as the chance to grow personally are only a few of the programs advantages. Explore the reasons why students all over the United States participate in this renowned program.


Choose from nearly 200 schools. Exchanges are available in nearly all 50 states* as well as the following US territories: Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition, exchanges are also available to schools in Canada through the Canadian Partnership Program. * Currently schools in Delaware and North Dakota are not represented.

Access to Diverse Courses

Take courses in programs not available at the University of South Carolina.

Live Life, Experience new Cultures

Broaden your horizons nationally. Visit the places you’ve always wanted to go, see things you’ve never seen before and do the things you’ve never had the chance to do.


Increase your chances for employment and graduate school after college. Exchange students generally impress potential employers and graduate admission committees with demonstrated academic performance, maturity and initiative to exchange at a new school in a different part of the country.


Students generally pay their normal tuition and fees at the University of South Carolina but pay for housing accommodations and meals at their host campus. University financial aid and scholarships continue to apply under the NSE program.


NSE is the ultimate college experience that allows you to grow educationally, culturally and socially. Meet new people and learn what it’s like to live in a different part of the US. Learn more about yourself as you discover new opportunities.

NSE at the University of South Carolina

Carolina’s National Student Exchange Program provides an exciting opportunity for students to attend one of nearly 200 public colleges and universities across the USA and Canada while, still, paying University of South Carolina tuition.