National Student Exchange At UCCS

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National Student Exchange

Have you ever wanted to study in a place where the beach is in walking distance, or you can experience the city life after your classes?

What about a place that is filled with great outdoor experience or somewhere that history surrounds you? 

If any of these things make you say "Ya I do!" then come check out the National Student Exchange. 

The changing diversity in culture and ethnicity across the United States, its territories, and Canada presents numerous challenges and opportunities for tomorrow's citizens and leaders. The College of LAS has a program to assist YOU - the student and citizen of tomorrow - National Student Exchange. 

Through an exchange , you will have an opportunity to gain insight into the historical and cultural makeup of different regions, improve your communications skills with individuals from different backgrounds, and prepare yourself to live and work in a culturally diverse society. 

READ: Why a Global Education Doesn't Have to Mean Going Abroad - The Chronicle of Higher Education/August 2015

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:  Heidi Wardell, NSE Coordinator, at or Columbine Hall 1007.

"I was only a Sophomore at UCCS when I participated in the NSE program. I went to the New College of Florida, and studied marine biology, and it was a great learning experience. I met many great people, some of which I know I will stay friends forever, and learned a lot about the field I want to go into."

- Rachel Zimmerman NSE Student

UCCS to New College of Florida

Fall 2013 & Spring 2014


  • Learn and explore new locations!
  • Learn From Different Professors!
  • Explore New Areas of Study!
  • Take courses not available at UCCS!
  • Explore career options!
  • Investigate graduate schools!
  • Become more independent and resourceful!
  • Immerse yourself in a different culture!
  • Make new friends!
  • Expand on your major!


"My experience going to the University of Puerto Rico via NSE was an adventure I will never forget. Margie and Heidi really helped me with this major transition by identifying what I wanted out of the experience.

During my stay in Puerto Rico I had the opportunity to meet new people and witness the major cultural differences among the island and within the school. I feel that being able to study abroad with NSE expanded my world of knowledge and allowed me to expand my circle of friends across the world.

I met people from Spain, Canada, France, Kentucky, Texas, California- pretty much everywhere. I still keep in touch with many of the people I met that used the same program. And of course laying on the beach on a bright and sunny day with new friends didn't hurt either! I recommend this to any student that is willing to step outside of their comfort zone and experience more than the ordinary."

Adryliana Santiago NSE student UCCS to UPR Rio Piedras Fall 2013

"Coming to Colorado Springs has been quite a ride to say the least. It was so easy to adapt to a new place through NSE because of all the resources they make available to their students, whether activities to do on campus or any of the endless number of activities around the area. I have been overwhelmed by just how much there is to do between the music scene, the mountain views/ hiking, and the night life in downtown CO Springs. I have enjoyed it so much that I am planning to relocate here after I graduate in the fall. Thank you UCCS and NSE!"

John Digeronimo NSE Exchange Student Keene State College (New Hampshire) Fall 2013 & Spring 2014

"I am really thankful for this program and what I have been able to do through it. Moving out here has let me experience things that I love and live this experience every day."

Kody Reed NSE Exchange Student Wichita State (Kansas) University to UCCS Fall 2013

"Aloha, my name is Ballerina Olo (Rina) I'm an exchange student from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, majoring in Sociology and also a senior. Colorado wasn’t my first choice, but I have to say this is the best choice I've ever made. I wish I applied right away when I heard NSE around campus when I was in Hilo, but I was hesitating if I should or should not. I am having an amazing time here, I get to experience new restaurants, be on my own, be independent, learn new languages and culture from other NSE students.

I just love it! People are so friendly, welcoming and kind it makes my stay here easier and not feel homesick. The outdoor activities are breath-taking and really exciting, the NSE Director (Margie) and Coordinator (Heidi) are such amazing people and they are really helpful with us being here and helping us in every way that they can. If I have another chance to do another exchange, I would be happy to do it again without hesitating this time. "

Rina Olo NSE Exchange Student University of Hawaii Hilo to UCCS Spring 2014

College of Letters, Arts & Sciences | National Student Exchange at UCCS
Phone: (719) 255-4502 | Location: CoH 1007
NSE Coordinator: Heidi Wardell | Phone: (719) 255-4502 |