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National Student Exchange Program

We are happy that you are considering National Student Exchange.

The National Student Exchange (NSE) is a program for undergraduate exchange within the United States with opportunities for exchange in Canada as well. Instead of crossing oceans, NSE students cross state, regional, provincial, and cultural borders. The changes seen in attitudes, understanding of other people in other settings, maturity, risk-taking, and decision-making are similar to the experiences of students who study internationally.

2020-2021 Academic Year Application Deadline- February 19th 2020

Getting Started:

Prior to making an appointment with the NSE coordinator

  • Read NSE Policies and Procedures to learn more about the program from application through returning from your exchange.
  • Read your home campus exchange policies and procedures.
  • Select five to ten campuses of interest to you.
  • Research exchange options by reviewing Campus Profiles.
  • Consult your academic advisor to identify appropriate exchange options. A flexible academic plan is a must for exchange participation.
  • Discuss NSE participation with family, friends, parents, and former exchange participants.
  • Determine if your financial resources are sufficient.

Once you have decided on where to go, make an appointment with:
Mike Fox (NSE Coordinator)
Adams Library Lower Level (OASIS)
Email: or call 401-456-8083 to make an appointment

Required Application Materials 

  • NSE Application
  • RIC Student Information Release Forms
  • One Unofficial and Official RIC Transcript
  • Three Recommendation Letters
  • Nonrefundable NSE Application and Placement Fee ($150.00)
  • Statement of Purpose

To Qualify You Must:

  • Be a full time RIC student
  • Must have completed 24 credits at RIC
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.5 when application is submitted

How It Works… 

After the February 17th application deadline, a RIC representative attempts to place students based on their application preferences. Placement probabilities are governed by the number of openings at an institution and the number of students seeking that location (all of this will be explained when you meet with the NSE Coordinator).
Students will receive notice of a mandatory NSE Placement Meeting with the NSE Coordinator in the month of March. At this meeting students can:

  • Learn which institution accepted their application
  • Sign an agreement to accept or decline their placement
  • Learn if they have been selected for an special scholarships

After students are placed on the NSE program, their primary contact will be the NSE Coordinator at the host institution. This individual will assist with:

  • Course registration
  • Housing and meals
  • Orientation and term dates

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Page last updated: October 15, 2019