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First, refer to the web page on this site that describes the program to which you want to apply. Under the top section "How to Apply," you will find the application deadlines and forms that you must submit.
For many programs, you must submit both a SUNY Application AND the host institution application to the SUNY Plattsburgh Study Abroad & Exchanges Office.
Here is a general checklist for you:
NSE is only open to SUNY Plattsburgh students. The most important detail you should know about NSE is that there is only one application deadline per year: March 1. Whether you want to participate in NSE the following fall or spring, you must apply by this date!
You will find detailed application instructions and a copy of the application form on the pages that describe the National Student Exchange Program. You can also e-mail Study Abroad and Exchanges for a copy, or stop by our office to pick up a copy.
Once the application deadline has passed, we review all applications for completeness and quality. We then send applications that are complete and meet the host institution's minimum eligibility criteria abroad for a final decision. As soon as Study Abroad and Exchanges sends your application abroad, we will mail you a letter notifying you of your nomination and send along other pre-departure information and required forms.
In most cases, host institutions accept the students we nominate. However, there are cases when they do not, and their reasons are mostly due to limited space. For that reason, we ask that you prepare for departure after you have received your first letter from SUNY Plattsburgh, but not to make any financial commitments to the program (i.e., buying a plane ticket) until you have an acceptance letter from your host institution.
You should also note that different countries work at different speeds. Some may not provide you with information as soon as you want it. You may not receive things when you want them, but you will receive them. For some of you, this waiting will be your first experience in culture shock. There is nothing you can do but wait. Study Abroad and Exchanges respects cultural differences and host institution's schedules.
If you would like more information about study abroad and exchange opportunities at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact us at:
Global Education Office
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 564-3287
Toll-Free Phone: (800) 388-6784
Fax: (518) 564-3292
Location: We are on the second floor of the Kehoe Administration Building on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.