WUE, NSE, and Study Abroad Programs
WUE is the Western Undergraduate Exchange, a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Through WUE, students in western states may enroll in many two-year and four-year college programs at a reduced tuition level: 150 percent of the institution’s regular resident tuition. WUE tuition is considerably less than nonresident tuition.
The National Student Exchange was established in the 1967-68 academic year with three state-supported campuses in the United States exchanging seven students among their universities. Administrators on those campuses wanted to help students who could not take advantage of studying abroad by providing them the opportunity to learn about new people and new places through study in another part of the United States. Using NSE, students could exchange to state-supported NSE member campuses in other states without having to pay the high cost for out-of-state tuition. NSE has retained that basic idea during its development as it has grown to 180 member campuses placing nearly 3500 students for exchange annually. NSE now includes several private campuses as well as Canadian institutions.
Before students leave home for exchange they are instructed to have written approval for courses to be taken along with a determination of how those courses will be accepted into their home campus academic program.
Study abroad is an opportunity for college students to study in other countries. Typically study abroad offices at four-year institutions assist students with all aspects of studying abroad: identifying a program, applying, obtaining financial aid or scholarships, selecting courses, obtaining travel documents, etc.