Benefits of NSE

  • Take classes not available at your school

  • Study with new professors

  • Broaden your educational perspectives

  • Pursue research, field study, and internship opportunities

  • Investigate graduate schools

  • Experience personal growth and become more independent

  • Experience different geographic and cultural settings

  • Gain international and/or intercultural experience

  • Gain insight into the historical and cultural makeup of different regions

  • Make connections in a new job market

  • Develop skills (independence and adaptability) and gain experience that make you more employable

  • Improve your communications skills with people from different backgrounds

  • Prepare yourself to live and work in a culturally diverse society

Features of NSE

  • 160+ NSE campuses, including:
    • 50 U.S. states
    • 6 Canadian provinces
    • 3 U.S. territories: Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Fall, Spring, Summer, All-Year... the choice is yours!
  • Exchange to up to three unique campuses over three semesters or spend up to a full year at one campus
  • Study away credits apply to degree
  • On-campus and off-campus living arrangements available
  • Take courses not available at ISU
  • One-of-a-kind special programs & certifications available
  • Exchange among university honors programs
  • Network in a new area with prospective internships, graduate school programs, and employers
  • Home Pay: Pay your current Iowa State tuition rates
  • Host Pay: Pay the in-state tuition rates of the host campus
  • Financial Aid from ISU applies


Image of groups of people standing on a beach during sunset in Monterey Bay, California.

Photo by ISU student Elke, California State University Monterey Bay, Spring 2020


Image of four people facing snowy mountains in Juneau, Alaska.

Photo by ISU student Gage, University of Alaska Southeast Juneau, Spring 2020


Image of a green park with a bridge and stream in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Photo by ISU student Haley, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, Spring 2019