NSE Exchange Process
When you have all of the information you need about exchange, you have arrived at the Apply step. There are two major application deadline types to look out for each academic year: The priority deadline and the direct placement deadlines. Be sure to keep an eye on our homepage for the latest application deadline information.
The priority deadline typically occurs in February, and it covers the following Summer semester, Fall semester, and Spring semester. Before the priority deadline, no campuses have accepted students for those semesters. This is the ideal time to apply to NSE so that you have priority placement at your #1 campus choice.
The direct placement deadlines typically occur after the priority deadline. For the following Fall semester, direct placement is typically April-May. For the following Spring semester, direct placement is typically October-November. The direct placement deadline means you are picking your top choice from schools which have not yet reached capacity for accepting students.
Fill out the online application: To view the online application process in full, please visit our NSE application page. Ensure you are completing all pieces of the process as outlined on this page.
Meet with the ISU NSE Coordinator: After your application has been turned in, your next step is to schedule a short, 20-30 minute meeting with the NSE Coordinator at Iowa State. This meeting is called the NSE Interview. Your meeting with the NSE Coordinator will allow you to review your application together and ensure that you have all of the information you need to commit to exchange.
Get placed: This is the easiest part of step two for you... because you get to kick back, relax, and wait for the good news! At this point, the NSE coordinator will collaborate with host coordinators at your schools of interest to get you placed. In recent years, NSE has enjoyed an 85% first-choice placement rate, with a 99% placement rate for all NSE applicants. Once we have secured your placement, we will reach out to you with congratulations and some instructions for your next step.