Program Overview

The National Student Exchange (NSE) Program allows students at certain U.S. and Canadian universities to study at other member campuses as exchange students, either for one term/semester, or for a full academic year. In addition to living costs in the host university's city, participants pay either their regular UO tuition or "resident" tuition at the host school. Given that the NSE program places students in 10 different Canadian universities – including French-speaking universities in Québec – the program represents a very cost-effective way to study abroad within North America.

For further information about the program, please visit: National Student Exchange

Contact: Call 541-346-3211 or email

What is an Exchange?

This is a program in which the University of Oregon and the partner universities exchange students on an ongoing basis. The number of places available to UO students varies based on the number of partner institution students coming to UO. If there are not enough exchange places available in a given year, then qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply as a fee-paying study abroad student, or to apply for an alternate exchange program.

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

Academic Details

For more detailed information about the different member campuses, stop by 364 Oregon Hall and check out a catalog for the college or university you are interested in. 

Current Canadian institutions include:

University of Calgary

Brandon University

Newfoundland & Labrador
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Nova Scotia
Cape Breton University

Bishop's University
Université de Montréal*
Université de Sherbrooke*
Université du Québec a Montréal*

University of Regina

*Indicates a French-speaking university

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Application process

The National Student Exchange is administered by the UO Office of Academic Advising. The deadline to apply normally falls in early February each year. Attendance at informational meetings is required. Please use the link below to find full information. UO NSE website

Applicants should note that, for acceptance at one of the French-speaking universities, a demonstration of French-language proficiency is required. More details about this and other admission and preparation procedures may be found in the National Student Exchange information in the UO's webpage above and in the main NSE website, which links from the UO page.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date

Travel Advisories

For current health, safety, and travel advisory information, search the US Department of State country webpage.