Special NeedsIf you have a physical condition for which accessible, on-campus housing or classroom accommodation might be needed; a documented disability that may require academic accommodation (e.g., note takers, taped texts); a medical condition that might require immediate attention during exchange; or a condition that might affect your emotional or mental well-being during exchange, you must consider if the environment and support services at your prospective host campus will be able to meet your special needs. Your home campus coordinator is better able to assist you if advised of your needs during the application process.
If you have not disclosed your needs during the application process, self-identification and documentation following placement (and at least two to three months prior to your actual exchange) is necessary in order for your host institution to address your needs. Documentation must be written, current, prepared by a qualified professional, and in the manner and time period required by the host institution. Consult home and host campus disability service coordinators for additional information. Failure to provide appropriate documentation in the manner and time requested could mean needed services would not be available at your host campus.
On-Campus HousingMost NSE members have on-campus housing, but availability to NSE students is not guaranteed. Some NSE members may require or strongly encourage students to reside in on-campus facilities. Other campuses have limited on-campus housing; and a few members have no on-campus housing. If you live off campus, you do so at your own discretion and risk.
Health InsuranceNSE does not require and does not provide health insurance for exchange students. It is your responsibility, therefore, to ensure that you are adequately covered by health insurance and other insurance for the period and place of your exchange including travel between your home and host institutions. Some NSE member campuses will require proof that you have adequate health insurance, and a few will require that you purchase their health insurance regardless of having a policy of your own.
Intercollegiate AthleticsDue to the rules and regulations of the NCAA and the NAIA, it is unlikely that NSE students who currently participate In intercollegiate athletics can qualify to participate while on exchange to their host universities. This applies to all divisions of men's and women's athletics. For further information, contact the NCAA or NAIA compliance officer at your home campus.
Distance Education and On-Line CoursesThe premise of NSE is that a major benefit of being on exchange is to be fully immersed in the culture and activities of the host campus. NSE expects students to be enrolled full-time (in classroom) at their host campus. Distance education courses in lieu of full-time in-classroom enrollment status on the host campus are not permitted. Any enrollment (host or home campus) in distance education courses is over and above in-classroom host campus instruction.
Your approval to enroll in distance education offerings (which include, but are not limited to: Internet courses, televised courses, or correspondence courses) offered by your home and/or host campus at the same time you participate in the NSE program can only be determined by both of the individual institutions involved. Factors involved in such determination include, but are not limited to: the number of hours for which you are enrolled in distance courses, the number of hours you are enrolled in classroom instruction, the source of your financial aid, the NSE requirement for full-time enrollment at your host campus, and the interpretation of such requirement as it relates to classroom vs. distance instruction by the respective campuses and the respective financial aid officers.
Some NSE host campuses do not permit enrollment in distance education classes while on exchange; and others may not have such restrictions. Where there are no restrictions, be aware that, in most cases, distance education is not covered under Plan A tuition rates and may not be covered at all under Plan B. In other words, if you do enroll in distance education courses, you are likely to incur costs over and above those that are normally included in NSE participation. Your enrollment in distance education may affect your financial aid and/or ability to reside in on-campus housing at your host campus.