National Student Exchange offers students the opportunity to study away in a college or university in the United States, its Territories, or Canada. Almost 200 colleges and universities participate in the NSE program. For a list and more information about individual schools visit the NSE website. February 22, 2021, is the deadline for 2021-2022 priority placements which are arranged at the annual conference in early March. If you miss the priority deadline and are still interested in applying, contact the UMF NSE coordinator to discuss available options.

Academic Benefits

Personal Benefits

Professional Benefits

  • take classes not available at your school
  • study with new professors and experts in your field
  • broaden your educational perspective
  • pursue research, field study, and internship opportunities
  • investigate graduate schools
  • experience personal growth and independence
  • live in different geographic and cultural settings
  • gain international and/or intercultural understanding
  • explore the historical and cultural makeup of the U.S. and Canada
  • make connections in a new job market
  • develop practical skills for use in your professional development
  • increase collaboration experience
  • prepare yourself to live and work in a culturally diverse society

NSE Study Away Eligibility

  • Enrolled/Matriculated at UMF, full time, in the semester prior to and throughout your exchange.
  • Have completed a minimum of one semester of full-time (min. 12 credits) study in residence at UMF by the application deadline. AP and transfer credits are not considered.
  • Sophomore standing or above at the time of exchange, a minimum of 32 credits earned.
  • Have a 2.5 minimum cumulative UMF GPA. There are a few select participating schools with higher GPA minimums, be sure to review these requirements on www.nse.org.
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing.
  • Meet foreign language proficiency requirements, if needed.
  • Must not be on probation, parole, or have any pending legal judgments.

How to Get Started…

Request an Appointment
  • Learn about the various study away options
  • Receive information on programs and locations that interest you
  • Learn how to choose a program that best meets your need
  • Learn about UMF’s study away approval process, step-by-step

Early planning is the key. Begin the process well in advance, working with your UMF academic advisor and the Office of Global Education, to determine the best time for you to study away.

How to Apply…

  • Attend a group advising session (watch for announcements) or request an individual advising session with the NSE Advisor, to go over important program and application details. All advising appointments will be via Zoom video at this time.
  • After your first NSE advising session, you will research the schools you are interested in, discuss schools and classes with your advisor and then make a second appointment with the NSE Advisor to go over your school choices.
  • Submit your completed online application, including Google form submissions and supporting document uploads, and pay the NSE application fees by the deadline listed above. Both fees are payable online only.
  • The total cost to apply is $300. There is a $150 non-refundable UMF application fee, PLUS a $150 non-refundable nse.org placement fee, both of which must be paid by the final application deadline before we will submit your application for placement consideration. Pay your UMF NSE Application Fee here. You will be provided with a link to make the NSE Placement Fee payment
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Frequently Asked Questions

On Host Plan (A), students pay the in-state or resident tuition/fees of and to their host campus. UMF students are not eligible to participate in the Host Plan (A).

UMF is a Home Payment Plan (B) school. On Home Payment Plan, students pay their normal tuition/fees to their home campus. Room and meals are always paid to the host campus.  When you look at the school profiles on nse.org you will be able to see the placement probability as a Home Payment Plan applicant.

On Home Plan (B), students pay their normal tuition/fees to their home campus. Room and meal costs are always paid to the host campus. Travel costs are the responsibility of the student. To get specific information about the room and board costs, consult the NSE website or visit the host school’s website.

With the exception of Work-Study funds, financial aid recipients can expect to use their regular aid to participate in the NSE program. Students must apply for financial aid at the campus where they pay their tuition, i.e. UMF. Make an appointment to talk with someone in the Merrill Center – Student Accounts as soon as you make your decision to participate in the NSE program. One of the required application documents is an NSE budget estimate (based on your first choice school), which will be signed by the Financial Aid Officer you meet with.

UMF Students must enroll in a minimum equivalent of 12 semester credits and must not exceed the host school maximum allowed through NSE Home Payment plan, as advertised on the host school profile.

Yes! You will work closely with your UMF academic advisor to determine exactly how your host campus courses will be applied to your UMF degree program. For any course taken outside your advisor’s discipline, you will need approval from the Division from which the course originates.  You will complete the NSE Credit Approval process, along with other Pre-Departure processes, during the semester before your exchange.

Of the students being placed each year, over 90% are placed at a conference held every year in the first or second week of March. Each year approximately 97 percent of all students applying will be placed, with 84 percent receiving their first choice. Once the placements have been arranged, your UMF NSE coordinator will contact you to let you know where you have been placed. You will then need to attend the mandatory placement acceptance meeting to confirm your placement and find out about your next steps.


Office of Experiential & Global Education
University of Maine at Farmington
106 Fusion Space
117 South Street
Farmington, Maine 04938
Phone: 207-778-7122
leustis@maine.edu