Photos Courtesy of Caitlym Ralph and Vicky Abou-Ghalioum

Top: Caitlyn Ralph enjoying food at the Westside Market in Ohio City. Bottom: Vicky Abou-Ghalioum, left, sitting on the greens at the University of Arizona in Tuscon, Ariz.


April 18, 2017

Students can attend universities across nation via exchange program

Have you ever wanted to spend a semester in Puerto Rico or California?

The National Student Exchange Program may be the answer for you. With approximately 180 universities, the program has participating schools across the United States, as well as universities in Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

The National Student Exchange Program allows for students to go experience different college atmospheres for one or two semesters. Students can also attend two different universities on the exchange program.

To attend another school on the exchange program, you would pay the Cleveland State tuition, and the room and board at the school you go to.

Since 2000, Cleveland State has placed over 48 students in different schools and accepted 39 students into the program.

“Do it!” said Caitlyn Ralph, a student on exchange from New College of Florida, “Its easily one of the best decisions I made in my undergraduate career.”

Ralph is getting her bachelor’s degree in computer science, but she is extremely interested in journalism. Unfortunately, her school is a liberal arts college and does not offer journalism, communication or a writing degree. By Coming to Cleveland State, she is able to take journalism classes.

Vicky Abou-Ghalioum is a Cleveland State student who exchanged to the University of Arizona in Tuscon. She said her favorite part of the experience was the environmental change to her lifestyle. She added that she wanted to do another semester in the National Student Exchange Program, but was unable to because she would not have been able to graduate in time.

“It was easy to immerse myself into campus life there,” Abou-Ghalioum said. “And I have completely positive and fond memories of the time I spent at UA.”

To apply for the National Student Exchange Program, you must meet particular requirements outlined by the NSEP. Students must have a 2.5 accumulated GPA and be at least a sophomore. Also, students must have no infractions against the student code on their record. Students cannot have incompletes.

Credits are also considered in-residence credits, so if you take a class at a different school it still applies to Cleveland State.

Anyone with questions or interest in the program can contact Julie Good at


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