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Location | West Chester
Population | 20,000
Enrollment | 17,614
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Host Payment

Term Dates
Fall | 08/29-12/17
Spring | 1/23-5/13

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, PA

West Chester is regularly ranked as one of the best college towns in America
WCU is only 30 miles from Philadelphia and under 2.5 hours to D.C. and NYC
WCU has an average class size of 25-35 students

About This Campus

The borough of West Chester is a beautiful suburban college town with a vibrant presence thanks to its thriving small business, engaged local community, and of course – West Chester University students! The town of West Chester is within walking distance of the campus and we have buses that connect to train service and the larger shopping centers. King of Prussia is one of the notably recognized shopping centers in the country and is just a short bus or car ride away. We are also close to Lancaster Co. Amish Country and other cultural attractions. West Chester is close to Philadelphia and within a short train or car ride journey to Washington, D.C., New York City and the Jersey Shore. West Chester offers a superb Music Department and Theater and Arts Department. There are also many opportunities for involvement in student organizations.

Location Information

West Chester is a suburban college town located 25 miles southeast of Philadelphia. It is within a short train or car ride journey to Washington, D.C. and New York City.

Helpful Information

Prefer students to live on campus. You will become more involved in campus life. Scheduling of classes gets difficult and there are more class time opportunities if close to campus. Since you cannot register for classes until the non-degree registration opens, scheduling for some popular majors is difficult. Please try to be flexible and have some Gen Ed classes and free electives in your request for classes.
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Closed
Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Closed
Understand Chances of Placement


  • Campus Catalog
  • When will I register? After campus students
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs

Art and Music Majors need to get in touch with Dept. Chair as these classes may require review or audition. Education course are limited for incoming exchange students.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Actuarial Science, African American Studies... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper or 80.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Host Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 07/17/23

Finances Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Pay resident-rate tuition to your host campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your home campus
  • Estimated cost: $5343.399.
  • Figures are based on full-time enrollment.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 18

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $200.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $30.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

Important Notes: Please see the following website for payment plan information: https://www.wcupa.edu/_information/AFA/Fiscal/Bursar/paymentPlans.aspx

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/17/23

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $0
  • Proximity to campus: n/a
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Our Housing Dept. works well with us to supply housing for our NSE students

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
Please go to the following link for more detailed information https://westchester.campusdish.com/MealPlans/Category?cat=All_Meal_Plan_Products_6601&lid=6601


Figures per Semester are current as of 07/17/23

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Student will be required to present proof of health insurance before they can register for classes.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.


    Other Health Related Comments
    All immunizations are recommended. Student will complete health information through an online portal. Meningitis waiver available through Housing and Residence Life. TB testing may be required at the request of the Health Center

    All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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