New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA

The exchange agreement

With the exchange agreement between New Mexico State University and the University of Lethbridge signed in January 2013, NMSU is one of our newest partners.

Semester dates

Fall Semester: mid-August – mid-December
Spring Semester: mid-January – mid-May

The city

Nestled in the fertile Mesilla Valley between the majestic Organ Mountains and the meandering Rio Grande, Las Cruces, New Mexico is a popular southwestern destination.

The city’s ideal location at the junction of Interstate Highways 10 and 25 provides visitors with easy access to unique special events and historic attractions such as the town of Old Mesilla. An hour north of the U.S.-Mexico border, Las Cruces also boast world-class Mexican food along with great New Mexican cuisine!

Las Cruces blends a unique variety of attractions, cultures, historical sites and superb year-round weather, with 350 days of sunshine per year.

More information about Las Cruces

About the University

A comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning, New Mexico State University is dedicated to teaching, research, and service in the community at the undergraduate and graduate levels. NMSU is also a NASA Space Grant College and a Hispanic-Serving Institution. For more information on NMSU, please visit us on the web at:


For a current course schedule, please go to:

About Study Abroad at NMSU

The Office of Study Abroad hosts 40-60 exchange students each semester.

The office works closely with each incoming exchange student prior to her/his arrival, making sure that students' accounts are created, course registration happens in a timely manner and any/all questions are answered. Each incoming exchange student is paired with a NMSU Student Ambassador to assist the exchange student with general preparation for a semester or year at NMSU.

Pick up is available at the El Paso International Airport (the nearest airport to Las Cruces) and conveys students to their lodging on campus. Ambassadors greet each student as they arrive on campus and assist them with check in.

The Ambassadors provide exchange students with many of the items that are needed for the dorms, such as blankets, pillows, sheets, cutlery and dishes. They also organize shopping trips and campus tours and assist with Exchange Student Orientation that is scheduled a few days prior to the beginning of the semester.

During the semester, Ambassadors organize group excursions to areas of interest within the state of New Mexico and often beyond to places like the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas.

For more information on the Office of Study Abroad at NMSU, please visit their website at:


Canadians do not need a visa to study in the U.S. NMSU will complete the DS2019 form for you and you will show it to the immigration officer as proof at the point of entry.


Accommodation: $500-$875/month

On-campus dorms are available but not guaranteed. NMSU will help finding off campus housing as well.

Health insurance: $50/month