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National Student Exchange

Study away and experience new places, ideas and cultures. You will challenge your perceptions and create memories that last a lifetime.  

Program Benefits

The National Student Exchange provides a unique and exciting opportunity for students who wish to study away for an academic year, one semester or a summer at one or more of nearly 200 institutions in the United States, Canada, and U.S. Territories.

Students go on exchanges for many reasons, including:

  • Taking courses not available on their home campuses
  • Enhancing personal growth and independence
  • Spending time in a different region
  • Immersing themselves in diverse cultural settings
  • Investigating graduate and professional schools
  • Engaging in research
  • Exploring career options, and even
  • Preparing for international exchange!



To be eligible, students:

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate at USC-Columbia
  • Must have a cumulative 2.75 GPA the semester prior to exchange
  • Must be in good standing academically, personally, and financially (e.g., no conduct/disciplinary/academic integrity issues)
  • Cannot exchange within the first 30 credit hours of college
  • Cannot exchange within the last 30 credit hours of degree completion (without special permission)
  • Must submit a completed application, pay a non-refundable application fee, and participate in an interview to be approved
  • Must complete a variety of items AFTER placement is made, including, but not limited to: all required paperwork, a pre-departure orientation, confirm their financial aid requirements with the financial aid office, maintain a blog, complete a financial planning appointment, participate in a survey and returning interview, and other items as they may arise.
  • University of South Carolina students cannot exchange within the state of South Carolina



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