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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

National Student Exchange

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The National Student Exchange (NSE) is a consortium of 200 institutions across the United States, Alaska, Hawaii as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and four provinces in Canada which provides opportunities for undergraduate students to study for up to one academic year at another NSE member college or university. Minnesota State University, Mankato participates on both Plan A and Plan tuition payment plans.
Plan B, the more attractive plan to students, allows you to study away at another university for the same cost as your MSU tuition. Students receive their financial aid from MSU and are billed tuition charges at MSU. Plan A on the other hand requires that a student receive their financial aid from their host institution and are billed from their host institution based on the in state tuition rate of their host institution.

Participating Schools

[PDF] List of Participating Schools (98 KiB)
[PDF] Map of Participating Schools (460 KiB)



  • 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application and at the completion of the term prior to exchange.
  • Full-time student at the time of application and in the term prior to exchange.
  • Good standing (academic, financial, and social/behavioral) as defined by the home campus.
  • Be approved by the NSE coordinator for participation in the exchange program.


The 2014-2015 application. Deadline is January 15th.

  1. Complete and submit the 2014-2015 NSE Application no later than January 15th, 2014. Submit the application along with an unofficial transcript, two letters of recommendation and a brief statement of purpose (how participating in NSE will benefit you).
  2. Schedule a meeting with the NSE coordinator for an intake interview based on the following schedule:
    • As soon as possible if you wish to participate in a spring 2014 –summer 2014 exchange.
    • Beginning December 2013 if you wish to arrange a fall 2014- spring 2015 exchange.
    • Once your application has been accepted, pay the $300 application fee which allows you to apply to as many or as few schools as you wish.
    • Be on your way to the place of your dreams!

After Placement

Information on what happens after placement.

More Questions

Have questions that are not answered on this site? Visit for more information or contact the NSE coordinator:
Mandy Prorok
Education Abroad Advisor
Kearney International Center, CSU 250
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001
Direct: 507-389-5122 TTY/MRS: 800-627-3529 or 711
Fax: 507-389-2790