National Student Exchange at the University of Kentucky offers a great pathway to student success

From Dr. Tourgeé Simpson, National Student Exchange Coordinator in Undergraduate Studies

Recruitment for National Student Exchange (NSE) is underway! UK students can  study for up to one calendar year at another NSE member college or university — there are more than 200 of them to choose from. This is an opportunity for UK students to

  • Broaden personal and educational perspectives
  • Explore and appreciate new cultures
  • Take courses not offered at UK
  • Learn from different professors
  • Access courses with different perspectives
  • Explore new areas of study
  • Experience personal growth
  • Live in a different area
  • Investigate graduate or professional schools
  • Look for future employment opportunities
  • Become more independent and resourceful

Download a brochure here.

Remember that seniors are not prohibited from participating in National Student Exchange (NSE) and Education Abroad activities during their final year at UK. See Residence Requirements outlined in the Bulletin below:

Residence – a requirement for a degree which specifies the minimum period during which a student must be registered on the main campus – is intended to provide an adequate contact with the University and its faculty for each student who is awarded a degree. For an undergraduate degree, (a) at least 25 percent of the credits presented for a degree; (b) not less than 30 credit hours; and (c) a minimum of 30 of the last 36 credits presented for the degree must be taken from the University. Any request for waiver by veterans of any of the above requirements, or a request by other students for a waiver of requirement (b) or (c), must be presented for approval to the dean of the student’s college. Students who wish to satisfy the above requirement with credit earned through such methods as independent study by correspondence, special examination, CLEP, and other methods which limit the opportunity for active exchange between students and instructors must have the prior approval of their department chair and college dean. Courses taken through the UK International Center and through the National Exchange Student programs are considered as courses taken at UK for purposes of both the residence requirement and for graduates to be conferred commencement honors at the time of award of their degrees.” (p. 88, 2014-2015 UK Bulletin)

Please make sure to tell your senior and rising seniors (juniors) that these enrichment programs are accessible and truly enhance their success, academic achievement, and career readiness. For additional information related to NSE, please have your student(s) contact me via email at or attend an upcoming information session.

Spring 2015 NSE Information Sessions in RM 102 Miller Hall

January Wednesday, January 14, 2015 – Miller Hall @ 12:00pmThursday, January 15, 2015 – Miller Hall @ 12:30pm

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 – Miller Hall @12:00pm

Friday, January 23, 2015 – Miller Hall @12:00pm

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 – Miller Hall @ 1:00pm

February Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – Miller Hall @ 12:00pmThursday, February 12, 2015 – Miller Hall @ 12:30pm

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – Miller Hall @12:00pm

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – Miller Hall @ 1:00pm

April Thursday, April 2, 2015 – Miller Hall @12:30pmTuesday, April 7, 2015 – Miller Hall @ 12:00pm

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – Miller Hall @3:00pm

Best regards,

Tourgeé D. Simpson, Jr., Ph.D.
NSE Coordinator & Academic Advisor
Undergraduate Studies


About UK Student and Academic Life

Undergraduate Education is now recreated within the Division of Student and Academic Life in the Provost's Office at the University of Kentucky.
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