National Student Exchange

What is the National Student Exchange?

The National Student Exchange (NSE) provides opportunities for undergraduates to study at one of nearly 200 colleges and universities within the United States, U.S. territories and some Canadian provinces for up to one calendar year. Courses taken at your host school will appear on your JSC transcript.

Why do students participate?

Students participate in NSE to:

  • Broaden personal and educational perspectives
  • Explore and appreciate new cultures
  • Widen university boundaries
  • Take courses not offered at the JSC
  • Learn from different professors
  • Access courses with different perspectives
  • Explore new areas of study
  • Experience personal growth
  • Break out of their comfort zones
  • Live in a different geographical area
  • Investigate graduate or professional schools
  • Look for future employment opportunities
  • Become more independent and resourceful


Each year more than 3,000 students participate in NSE. They continue to make progress toward home campus degree programs while studying in new places, meeting new people, and enrolling in specialized courses or unique academic options that may not be available on their home campuses. The application process includes the following minimum eligibility criteria established by NSE:

  • Full-time enrollment at Johnson State College prior to exchange
  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA (4.0 scale) or better
  • Good standing (academic, personal, and financial)


For more information, call or email the JSC Advising & Career Center at 802-635-1257 or