Role of Family & Friends

This is a program which requires planning, timely and thorough completion of forms, and taking responsibility for one’s own actions. From the time your student explores possible participation in NSE through return from exchange, your engagement, support, and understanding of the process and expectations of the program are important.

Prior to Exchange

  • Read the Exchange Checklist for an overview of the process.
  • Review Policies and Procedures for more detail on NSE participation from application through return from exchange.
  • Become familiar with policies and procedures specific to the home campus for its outgoing and returning students.
  • Learn more about each campus and its parameters for accepting students through their Campus Profiles.

During Exchange

  • Obtain contact information.
    Once your student is on site, obtain additional contact information which may be appropriate to the host campus (e.g., mailing address and contact information for the NSE host coordinator).

  • Be supportive.
    Host institutional policies, procedures, and timelines may differ from those of your student's home campus. The physical environment of the campus and the cultural, social, and economic environment of the city in which the campus is located may present opportunities as well as some challenges for your student. Initially, some students feel overwhelmed, homesick, lonely, or unable to cope; but these feelings usually pass as the student establishes new support networks, becomes accustomed to the new environment, and forms a new circle of friends. Be supportive of your student during this period and encourage contact with the host campus NSE coordinator. If your student needs additional support at the host campus, the host NSE coordinator can make connections with appropriate campus services.

    While on exchange, students are responsible for acting prudently and exercising caution and common sense at all times. Students will be expected to learn about their new environment, familiarize themselves with the campus and surroundings, adhere to the rules and regulations (academic, social/behavioral, residence life, and financial) of their host campus, and heed the safety advice provide by personnel at that host campus.

  • Have a communication plan for emergencies.
    In case of natural disasters, strikes, pandemics, etc. your student is expected to follow instructions provided by their host campus NSE coordinator and the appropriate safety and security personnel on the host campus. Set up a communication plan with your student in anticipation of such situations.

Following Exchange


Some students retain strong connections to the host campus while re-entering into their home campus situation which is both familiar and different. They return home with excitement about the new places and new faces encountered, but not everyone back home will share, or care about, their time away. Encourage your student to find outlets to share their NSE experience. Serving as a mentor to incoming NSE students at the home campus, working with the NSE coordinator to interest others in exchange, and keeping in touch with former exchangees through social media networks are great ways to channel the exchange experience and keep it alive.