National Student Exchange in USA & Canada
- Eligibility Requirements
- Minimum GPA: 2.5
- Class standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
- Restrictions: Plattsburgh applicants only
- Program Information
- Locations: Various, Canada; Various, United States
- Program terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
- Restrictions: Plattsburgh applicants only
National Student Exchange offers you the opportunity to study for a semester or year at one of over 180 colleges and universities throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Canada. Participating in NSE enables you to access different campuses’ resources, faculty and courses while living in a different geographical and cultural setting of North America. You can check out a school you are considering for graduate studies, an area where you think you might want to live one day or many other categories!
Please choose an NSE host institution based on whether or not it has courses that will apply to your requirements at SUNY Plattsburgh. Choosing an institution based on a location is not a wise idea as that school may not have your major, or classes in your major there are not open to NSE students. To find course information, you will have to look at each NSE institution's website, but can look here to find campuses by major. To find out which courses are closed to NSE students, the NSE website and check out that universities individual profile page.
To learn more; follow NSE through their YouTube channel, their Instagram page, the NSE Blog of students on exchange or join an information session.
Housing options will vary by campus. Please consider your preferences when applying.
- Support Services
Support services vary by campus, so you should consider your needs when selecting a host university. Students with physical or learning disabilities, should contact the Global Education Office to find out more about the specific services available.
NSE has two payment plans: Host Payment and Home Payment
Host Payment (formerly Plan A): Students pay tuition, fees, room and board directly to the host institution at that state's resident rate. Students also apply for financial aid to the host institution for that semester. This payment option is only available for the priority deadline and not guaranteed.
Home Payment (formerly Plan B): Students pay applicable tuition and fees to SUNY Plattsburgh and room and board costs to your host institution. Students apply for financial aid through SUNY Plattsburgh.
All students will be placed with the NSE program on the Home Payment. If applying by the priority deadline, you may submit a “Home Payment Exemption Request” on your NSE application. Regardless of payment plan, students will be charged a $350 NSE registration fee at SUNY Plattsburgh for each semester they participate in the program. Host payment students will also pay the technology fee and the college fee. Home payment students must pay all mandatory fees. For a current rate of SUNY Plattsburgh’s fees, please visit student accounts.
Financing a study away program is one of the most important aspects to consider before applying. Please be sure to consider which costs you are billed for through SUNY Plattsburgh, as well as those you must plan for, but pay directly, such as a flight and accommodation, when selecting the plan that is right for you. Use the budget sheet below in consultation with the NSE Coordinator to assist in planning for your study away budget.
Financial aid in the form of scholarships, aid (NYS TAP, etc.), and loans, may be applied to study away programs. It is important that you visit the financial aid office to discuss your eligibility prior to applying. Please note that students on Host Payment will submit FAFSA information to their host campus, which means they are not eligible for NYS TAP or Excelsior awards.
- Application Information
The first step of the application process is to complete the SUNY Plattsburgh NSE application and submit all additional materials, which include official transcripts, academic references, and a study statement.
Students will be able to list their top five universities that they'd like to attend. The order is important, as that is the order in which you'll be reviewed. It is recommended students have at least one university with an “excellent” chance of placement on their applications.
Applications are NOT reviewed on a rolling basis. Students will be notified mid-March if they're accepted and where they are placed. Once placed, students will be sent additional instructions on additional requirements from your host university.
- February 25 for priority placement
- Connect with the NSE Coordinator to discuss a direct placement if the priority deadline has passed