Apply for exchange through your home campus NSE coordinator. The process includes a non-refundable application fee, a current transcript, letters of recommendation, goal statements for your exchange, biographical data, and a personal interview.
In addition to the eligibility criteria, other factors which may be considered in the application process include your flexibility, the ability to adapt to short-term relocation, clear academic and personal goals, support of your academic department, and a willingness to be a positive representative of your home campus to your exchange college or university.
You can begin the application process by downloading the application packet here. You will need Adobe Reader or some other PDF viewing program in order to print the packet. Once completed, please return the forms to Julie Good at the Center for International Services & Programs along with the application fee to complete the process. Please note, that the application will not be considered complete until the application fee has been paid in full.
There are two tuition payment plans utilized by NSE. Under Plan A, you pay the in-state (resident) tuition/fees to your host campus. Students who participate on Plan B pay their normal tuition/fees to their home university. On both tuition payment plans, fees which are assessed as a condition of enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, general service, computer, technology, art and photography supplies) are paid to your host campus.
Room and meals are always paid to your host campus. You are responsible for transportation, personal expenses, and sightseeing opportunities while on exchange.
With some exceptions, financial aid for eligible students is applied for, awarded by, and disbursed from the campus at which tuition/fees are paid. Ask your NSE coordinator.
Courses and Grading
Your home campus determines the manner in which your host campus courses are distributed and grades are recorded. Consult with your academic advisor regarding course selection prior to going on exchange and preferably during the time you are exploring possible host campuses. A written advising agreement, indicating how work completed at the host campus will fit into your home campus degree program, must be completed after placement and prior to leaving for your exchange site.
Each year more than 2,000 students participate in NSE. They continue to make progress toward home campus degree programs while studying in new places, meeting new people, and enrolling in specialized courses or unique academic options which may not be available on their home campuses.
Exchange participation is a privilege, not a right. Listed below are the minimum requirements for NSE participation.
- Full-time enrollment at the home campus prior to exchange
- Cumulative 2.5 GPA (4.0 scale) or better
- Good standing (academic, personal, and financial)
There may be additional requirements and/or restrictions on exchange participation imposed by your home and/or host campus. You can learn of these from your campus NSE coordinator and from the NSE Directory.
Most placements are made through the negotiation of home and host coordinators at NSE's annual conference in early March. Annually, 97% of the applicants are placed at one of their campus choices. Placement probabilities are governed by the number of openings at an institution and the number of students seeking that location.
Placements are confirmed by signing a Placement Acceptance Form. Upon receipt of the form, the host NSE coordinator will forward enrollment materials which usually include a housing application, an institutional admissions form, and registration information. All materials must be completed and returned by stated deadlines. At the end of the term preceding exchange you must have maintained all eligibility requirements applicable at the time of your application or your exchange will be cancelled.
Length of Exchange
You may participate in NSE for a single term or a full academic year. Some campuses can accommodate summer exchange. The maximum cumulative total for exchange participation may not exceed one calendar year.
The following are helpful resources as you consider exchange participation and select an appropriate exchange location.
- Meet with your NSE coordinator.
- Study the NSE
- Review member campus catalogs and course
- Consult your academic advisor.
- Consider how much flexibility you have regarding course selection.
- Discuss participation with parents and significant others.
- Determine if financial resources are sufficient for your exchange.
- Talk to your financial aid counselor.
- Apply for the NSE Program by completing the application found here.