National Student Exchange Program Sets Records

March 26, 2012 - Dorene DiNaro


For over thirty years, the University of New Mexico has been participating in the National Student Exchange (NSE), a not-for-profit education consortium which provides affordable and practical opportunities for students enrolled at member campuses to study and live in a new location.

At the recent NSE Placement Conference, UNM placed 60 out of the 68 students that applied and placed two more students after the conference.  These students are headed everywhere from Hawaii, New Hampshire, Alaska and Florida just to name a few, and serve either a full year or a semester.  Although the conference is the primary place where students enroll in the program, there are also a number of students who get placed afterward.  How many students are placed at UNM?  We have 16 students coming to UNM.

The program gets rave reviews from its participants.  One student was quoted as saying the exchange was the most amazing adventure they’d had and it gave them the opportunity to meet new friends, try new food and learn a new language. 

To date, UNM has placed close to 2,000 students at various universities throughout the U.S. and has accepted nearly 1,000 who want to study at UNM.  Since 2009, UNM has been one of the highest ranked colleges with regard to how many students were accepted to participate in the program.  This is a testament to how important the program is for UNM students, as many of the other NSE colleges have seen a decline in their numbers over the past few years. 

NSE plans to continue attracting more and more students not only to experience other colleges, but to experience what UNM has to offer.  Having exchange students attend UNM exposes our students to an even more diverse population of students and vice versa for the UNM students who attend other colleges through the program.

Students can apply for the program via appointment with Rob Burford, in the Dean of Students Office by calling 505-277-3361 or emailing him  For more information NSE, please visit