Priority Placements: March Conference

Approximately 80 percent of the requests for exchange for any part of the subsequent academic year are negotiated at the Annual Placement Conference held the first week of March. Prior to the conference, each NSE coordinator will have made eligibility decisions on their outgoing applicants and entered them into a placement database.

At the conference, your placement requests will be considered by your potential host campuses in the order in which you prioritized them. Except for those campuses which can accept all eligible applicants (open), NSE coordinators vary in the ways in which they accept students to achieve balances with their own outgoing NSE student population.

There are no guarantees of acceptance. You will be accepted by only one campus. If your first choice campus is not able to accept you, your placement request will then be considered by your second choice campus and then by your third, and so on. Once a campus has accepted you, no consideration will be given by the additional campus choices.

Placement Probability
Your home campus coordinator has history of placements including individual campus placement statistics to assist you in making campus selections that will provide the best probability for placement at your preferred choices. To improve the probability for placement, you are advised to select at least three campus choices. Choosing at least one open campus (will accept all qualified applicants) using the payment plan (A or B) on which you can participate should ensure a placement.

Placement Acceptance by the Host Campus
Placement acceptances are made according to the openness of the respective tuition payment plans of the host institutions.

  • Campuses that list themselves in the Member Campus Profiles as open will accept all qualified applicants.

  • Campuses listed as uneven will accept a few more incoming students than the number of their outgoing applicants who are placed.

  • Campuses listed as even will accept incoming applicants not to exceed the number of their own outgoing applicants who are placed.

  • Some campuses will accept students first from those campuses at which their own students are placed. (1:1)

  • If none of your campus choices can accept you at the March conference, you can work with your home NSE coordinator to explore placement at a campus remaining open after the conference.

    Your Placement Acceptance

    In the week following the March Conference, your home coordinator will inform you of the placement decision. You must then decide to accept or decline the placement that has been offered. If none of the campuses you selected were able to accept you, your home campus coordinator will have a list of campuses that remain open for additional placements. See Placements Post Conference below for additional information.

    You accept your placement by completing and signing the Placement Acceptance Form (PAF) which identifies the host campus, exchange duration, and tuition plan for your exchange. The second page of the form identifies the conditions that govern your placement. Failure to sign and return the Placement Acceptance Form by the stated deadline will result in cancellation of your placement.

    Direct Placements: Post-Conference

    Placements made after the March conference are referred to as post-conference placements. As a general rule, post-conference placements for the fall are not made after June 15 and those for spring must be negotiated prior to October 15.

    Post-conference placements are governed by the availability of such placements at member campuses which is greatly reduced after the March conference. Approximately one-half of the NSE member colleges and universities remain open for additional incoming placements at the end of the March conference. Your home NSE coordinator will have a list of campuses that will accept post-conference placements. Make sure that the campus you select meets your academic, financial, and personal needs prior to your coordinator requesting a placement on your behalf.

    The willingness to accept applications for outgoing post-conference placements and/or the ability to accept incoming post-conference placements are campus-specific decisions with campus-specific deadlines. There is no uniformity in these deadlines. Your home campus coordinator has access to information about availability and deadlines of NSE members.