For more than 30 years, the University of New Mexico has participated 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 NSE Placement Conference in Portland, Maine, this spring, UNM placed 68 students in various universities and accepted 33 students to attend UNM this fall. Although the conference is the primary place where students enroll in the program, many students get placed afterward.

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 2008, UNM has been in the top three colleges with number of students accepted into 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.

"I tell our students that it's a great way to get a different academic experience, while using whatever UNM scholarship they have for one semester or a year. The experience teaches them something about themselves and they become more dependent, especially for those who are from nearby. The students gain a sense of where they may want to work following graduation. They develop self confidence and know they can go elsewhere and be successful," said Rob Burford, from the Dean of Students Office.

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, Burford added.

Students can apply for the program with Rob Burford, in the Dean of Students Office by calling 505-277-3361. Visit NSE for more information.