Outbound UNI Students

Imagine the possibilities

You have the opportunity to experience the culture, diversity, educational trends and geography at one of the 165+ participating colleges and universities in the United States, its territories and Canada. You may be looking for course options not available at UNI, checking out potential graduate schools or job opportunities, or just wanting to experience living in a new geographical area.

Before you start packing your bags, take a look at our information for UNI students and learn how you can get started on your journey to new adventures and life-changing experiences with the NSE program!

NSE Application Process

Students who have attended an Informational Meeting will receive an email with a link to their online application. Applications are only available to, and accepted from, students who have attended an Informational Meeting.


NSE Transfer Credit Evaluation Form (pdf)

NSE Transfer Credit Evaluation Form Instructions
NSE Quarter Hours to Semesters Hours Conversion Chart

Your application and $200 non-refundable application fee (paid online upon submitting your application) are due no later than February 22, 2021. Upon submitting your application, you will be required to meet with the NSE Coordinator to discuss your exchange details.  All meetings will be held via Zoom. Placements for the upcoming year are made in March.

Direct placements are also available after the annual placement conference. Please contact the UNI NSE office for a list of available campuses still accepting for the upcoming academic year.

Academic Credit and Grades

Working with your academic advisor, you will select courses and submit a Preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation to the UNI Admissions/ Enrollment Services Office which will determine the transferability of work to be completed at the host campus. Once approved, credit earned while on exchange will be shown as transfer credit on your UNI transcript. Grades will transfer.


UNI is a Home Payment school, allowing you to pay UNI tuition while attending another Home Payment campus. Tuition must be paid in full prior to leaving on exchange. Room, board and special fees are assessed at the host campus. Transportation and other expenses are additional costs and must be taken into consideration. Financial aid needs are assessed and awarded by UNI.

Participating colleges and universities

View the NSE list of host campuses (will open in a new window)
Please note: UNI exchanges with Home Payment schools only and does not exchange with schools in Iowa. 


All National Student Exchange Coordinators will meet at a conference in March to negotiate placements. Withdrawal from the program after placement will be allowed only in rare instances and requires the permission of an NSE Coordinator.

Campus Security and Crime Statistics

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, UNI publishes an Annual Security & Fire Report. The report contains information regarding campus safety and security including crime prevention, crime reporting policies, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault and student disciplinary procedures. The report also contains the three previous years' crime and fire statistics for on campus locations and certain off campus locations owned or controlled by UNI. To obtain a copy of the report, contact the UNI Department of Public Safety located at 030 Gilchrist Hall, Cedar Falls, IA 50614, call 319-273-2712 or visit publicsafety.uni.edu

Crime Statistics

Looking to study abroad?

Visit the UNI Study Abroad website

More about NSE

For outbound students

For incoming studentsVisit the national NSE website