Exchange Programs

Study at a school that has a special agreement with Nebraska Wesleyan either directly or through an exchange network. There are over 200 exchange options to choose from. Every time a NWU student studies through an exchange program, a student from an exchange university will study here. The benefit is, your tuition doesn't change. You pay the same amount you normally pay Nebraska Wesleyan and receive all awarded financial aid. Plus you can receive an additional study abroad grant


The largest cost of most exchange programs is normal NWU tuition and fees. Students do not have to pay tuition to the schools at which they study abroad.

  • ISEP and University of Tartu exchange programs charge the price of a single room in Centennial Hall and a Sodexo Gold Meal Plan in addition to NWU tuition. With these programs, housing and food are covered. With all other exchange programs, students pay for their housing and food in the host country.
  • ISEP exchange programs charge a non-refundable $100 application fee and a $375 placement fee. The placement fee is due only when students accept the offer that ISEP extends to them. No other exchange programs charge an application fee.

To find out more about costs associated with studying abroad, checkout Before You Go and Things to Consider.

Financial Aid

All NWU and federal financial aid can be used on exchange programs just as they can be during a regular semester at NWU.

  • The Education Abroad Grant (EAG) is applicable to students going on Exchange Programs and Faculty-Led Programs for credit. The EAG is based on financial need and awards $200 – $2,850.
  • Other study abroad scholarships may apply to study abroad program based on a variety of factors. Some scholarships can award up to $5,000.

Sister Schools

Nebraska Wesleyan has bilateral exchange programs with four sister schools. Make an appointment with the Office of Global Engagement to find out length of study, tuition and fees, housing and food, language requirements and classes.

  • Plymouth University  located in the coastal town of Plymouth, England, is known as Britain’s Ocean City. Plymouth University boasts that they are consistently ranked in the “top 2%” of universities in the world. With over 23,000 students, Plymouth has resources that will advance students’ education while providing students a beautiful city to experience English culture. 
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro (the Tec) is a university in Mexico with campuses throughout the country. NWU has an exchange program with the Querétaro campus of the Tec. Querétaro is a colonial city of one million people 125 miles north of Mexico City and has been declared to be a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. In addition to offering Spanish language classes for beginners and advanced speakers, the Tec offers courses in English.
  • Kwansei Gakuin University, Campus Nishinomiya (KGU) is located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan in the beautiful city of Nishinomiya nestled between the Rokko Mountains to the north, Osaka Bay to the south, and Mount Kabuto in the center of the city. KGU strives to transform students into “global citizens” by offering international students a Japanese Language Track and a Modern Japan Track. KGU is an excellent university to improve Japanese language skills, but no prior experience in Japanese is required.
  • University of Tartu in Estonia founded in 1632 ranks among the top 2% of universities in the world. The campus, spread throughout the city, excellently blends history and modernity. Estonia is a geographically diverse country, home to beaches, old-growth forests and over 1,000 lakes. The University of Tartu offers more than 200 courses in English, but students may also study the Estonian or Russian languages.
  • Katholische Universität Eichstätt – Ingolstadt (KU) is a small, Catholic university in Germany that began as the first priest seminary north of the Alps. KU offers courses in both English and German, but their courses are mainly taught in German. Their teaching and learning practices focus on open dialogue and critical thinking. The university’s two campuses are in the beautiful German state of Bavaria, which is also home to a national park and the German cities of Munich and Nuremberg.

Methodist International Student Exchange Network (MISEN)

MISEN is an exchange network associated exclusively with Methodist universities. MISEN’s goal is to prepare students to be responsible citizens and leaders in a fast changing and complex world, respecting not only the value of cultural diversity but also common humanity.

  • Madero University (UMAD), the first ever Spanish-speaking Methodist University, is located in the city of Cholula in the state of Puebla, Mexico, and features volcanoes and archaeological sites. Additionally, the capital of Puebla, Puebla City, has been declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site. UMAD bases their principles and values on the Christian tradition that believes education is key to a better life and improved social welfare. The university offers classes for non-native Spanish speakers, but at least two semesters of academic Spanish are required.
  • Methodist University of Sao Paulo (UMESP) is one of Brazil’s most highly regarded institutions of education located in the coastal city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. With a population of 10 million, Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil. UMESP aims to educate people to influence and contribute to improving people’s lives based on knowledge and ethical values. The university’s International Relations Office organizes programs for international students to help them take in the Brazilian culture. Students studying at UMESP will need at least an intermediate level of Portuguese.
  • Methodist University of Piracicaba (UNIMEP) is one of two MISEN universities located in Brazil. Located in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, UNIMEP has an estimated population of about 360,000. The thriving city has excellent residential neighborhoods and quality facilities including theaters, libraries, museums, shopping malls, research and study centers, and service and sports clubs. UNIMEP students have made great intellectual strides in scientific initiatives. The university requires at least an intermediate level of Portuguese or an advanced level of Spanish language knowledge.
  • Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) is a beautiful university located in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo has a population of 9 million and is known for its rich and energetic culture, beautiful skylines and equally beautiful landscapes. AGU focuses on values that educate students to contribute locally and internationally as “Salt of the Earth, Light of the World.” AGU has two campuses—the Aoyama campus and the Sagamihara campus. The Aoyama campus offers all departments while Sagamihara campus offers the Japanese Studies Program. Students studying at AGU do not need any prior experience in Japanese, but those wishing to study the Japanese language must be able to at least use the two phonetic alphabets—Hiragana and Katakana.
  • Soochow University was the first private university to be founded in Taiwan. Located in the capital city of Taipei, the Soochow campus is surrounded by lush green hills and a clear stream. Soochow is recognized as one of the most prestigious private universities on the island and has received China’s Ministry of Education’s “Teaching Excellent Program” every year since 2005. The university does not require any prior experience with Chinese language but requires students to take a language course. 

ISEP Exchange

ISEP is an exchange network that offers students over 200 different academic programs in over 50 countries all across the world. The wide range of destinations available makes ISEP a popular choice for students seeking exchange programs. With so many options, finding the right program can be daunting. However, ISEP’s website has an excellent search tool that allows students to sort programs by whatever category that students find most important. Moreover, ISEP’s application allows students to apply for up to 10 schools in one application. This way, if applicants do not get their first choice program, they could be accepted into the next best program. ISEP has programs that offer courses in all sorts of academic fields including many that are not offered at NWU. Furthermore, in addition to being able to take classes in English in over 140 ISEP exchange programs, students can take classes for beginners in an assortment of other languages from Arabic to Twi, from Czech to Italian, from Korean to Swedish.

Irish American Scholars

Irish American Scholars is an exchange program that gives students the chance to study in the Emerald Isle (Northern Ireland). Northern Ireland is a beautiful country with rolling green hills, ancient castles, and roaring oceans. Moreover, the city of Londonderry in Northern Ireland was named the “City of Culture for 2013,” where culture can be found in the theater and music festivals. Irish American Scholars offers programs at five different universities located throughout Northern Ireland—Queens University Belfast, University of Ulster, St. Mary’s University College, Stranmillis University College and Belfast Metropolitan College. NWU can nominate three students per year to be accepted into Irish American Scholars, and there is a minimum GPA of 3.2 required. One important note is that there is only one application deadline for students to apply—February 1. This means that if students want to go abroad in the spring semester, they will have to apply by February of the previous year.

Summer Exchange Programs

Many students at NWU decide to go on summer study abroad programs because they tend to be shorter and do not interfere with classes or sports at NWU. Summer exchange programs vary by length from a couple weeks to a couple months. Additionally, these types of programs can vary slightly by cost depending on whether students select an ISEP Summer Exchange or Tecnológico de Monterrey Summer Exchange.

  • ISEP Summer Exchange offers programs at 5 different schools: University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Universidad de Guanajuanto, Mexico; Tecnológico de Monterrey (Monterrery Campus), Mexico; Yonsei University, South Korea; and Providence University, Taiwan. ISEP Summer Exchange differs from regular ISEP Exchange (see above) in that students are only charged half of the cost of a full semester and room and board at NWU. Like regular ISEP Exchange, students still do not pay costs for tuition, room, or meals to their study abroad university. To find ISEP Summer Exchange programs and more information on these universities, check out the ISEP website and click “Semester” and select “Summer” from the drop down. Next, click “More Filters” and select the “ISEP Exchange” box and “Apply Filters”.
  • The Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro (the Tec) Summer Exchange Program is another option. The Tec’s Summer Exchange Program offers courses on the Spanish language and Mexican culture and includes an excursion to Teotihuancan that offers a buffet meal and pool party. Students on this program would stay with a host family for the duration of the trip, which begins in late May/early June and finishes in early July. Costs for the Tec’s Summer Program vary by year.