NSE has a basic framework of policies for all member campuses and their students. Each campus may have its own eligibility requirements, procedures, and timeline for the program.
General Eligibility Requirements Prior to Exchange
1. Baccalaureate degree seeking undergraduate (matriculating) student at an NSE member campus
2. Completion of one term of full-time attendance (12 semester or 12 quarter hours) at NSE member campus prior to application*
3. Completion of one academic year (24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours) at an NSE member campus prior to exchange
4. Full-time (in classroom) enrollment at your NSE home campus
5. Minimum home campus cumulative gpa of 2.5 (4.0 scale)*
6. Good academic standing as defined by your home campus
7. No incomplete grades from previous terms
8. No outstanding financial obligations to your home campus
9. No current or pending campus probationary status or disciplinary action due to academic dishonesty, civil, or criminal misconduct
10. No current or pending non-campus related probationary status or disciplinary action due to civil or criminal misconduct
* Transfer students may apply for NSE during their first term at the home university at the discretion of the home campus NSE coordinator and potential host campus NSE coordinator.
Length of Exchange
NSE does not limit the number of terms a student may be on exchange, however:
No more than one academic year (two semesters or three quarters and a summer session) may be spent at one NSE school.**
After completing one year on exchange, students may select a different NSE member institution for exchange. Exchanges in different academic years will incur additional NSE application fees.
**Exchange beyond one calendar year is not permitted at the same campus. Students choosing to remain at a host campus following the period of exchange eligibility must process a transfer application. NSE is not a mechanism for transfer to your host campus nor can NSE be utilized to circumvent the host campus's requirement for establishing residency for tuition purposes.
Undocumented students should consult with their campus NSE coordinator for guidance on state, campus, and payment plan eligibility. Undocumented students may not qualify for both payment plans in all states. Additional information is available at the Higher Ed Immigration Portal website (https://www.higheredimmigrationportal.org/states/)
With the exception of campuses in Puerto Rico and Quebec (see below), the language of instruction at all NSE campuses is English. Students for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate proficiency as part of the home campus application process. TOEFL, IELTS, or other language tests may be required by some host campuses.
The language of instruction at all NSE campuses in Puerto Rico is Spanish. Students must demonstrate Spanish language proficiency as part of the application process.
The language of instruction at several schools in Quebec, Canada (Universite de Montreal, Universite de Sherbrooke, and Universite du Quebec a' Montreal) is French. Students must demonstrate French language proficiency as part of the application process. Following placement, students may also be requested to complete a language placement test.