The National Student Exchange has established a basic framework of policies to which all member campuses and their students are subject. Within those policies, each campus determines its own procedures and timetable for the program. The campus, within the framework of NSE policy, also sets its own eligibility requirements and policies relating to student participation. Each campus has an NSE coordinator who is responsible for administering the NSE program at that campus. He or she is the best source for advice about the NSE program as it relates to your participation from your campus.)


NSE participation is a privilege, not a right. Listed below are the minimum requirements for NSE participation. Home and host campuses may place a higher gpa and/or additional requirements for exchange participation.

  • You must have completed one term of full-time attendance (12 semester hours or 12 quarter hours) at an NSE member campus prior to submitting an application.

  • You must have completed 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours prior to your first term on exchange.

  • If you have previously participated in NSE exchanges for a cumulative total of an academic year, you are not eligible to participate again.

  • Eligibility requirements below are applicable at the time of application and at the completion of the term prior to your exchange.

  • full-time (in classroom) enrollment at your NSE home campus
    (Note: With the agreement of the home and host NSE coordinators, non-traditional, part-time students may be considered eligible for exchange.)

  • minimum home campus cumulative gpa of 2.5 (4.0 scale)
    (Note: If your gpa for the term preceding exchange falls below a 2.5, your exchange may be subject to cancellation by your home coordinator even though your cumulative gpa is 2.5 or greater.)

  • good academic standing as defined by your home campus

  • no incomplete grades from previous terms

  • no current or pending probationary status due to academic dishonesty or misconduct

  • no outstanding financial obligations to your home campus

  • no current or pending probationary or disciplinary action for violation of codes of student conduct

  • no probation, parole, or any pending legal judgments (civil or criminal)

  • Your home campus NSE coordinator will make the final determination regarding your eligibility as well as select those applicants who will participate from your campus. Therefore, you must also meet any additional requirements or qualifications that may be imposed by your home campus. Consult the Campus Profiles, for campus-specific exchange limitations and restrictions which apply to incoming exchange students at the universities you are considering for exchange.

    While on exchange you are expected to maintain full-time (in the classroom) enrollment at your host campus and comply with all the rules and regulations (academic, codes of conduct, financial) of your host campus. See During Exchange for additional information of what will be expected of you at your host campus.

    Language Proficiency

    With the exception of campuses in Puerto Rico and Quebec (see below), the language of instruction is English. Students for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate English language proficiency as part of the home campus application process. TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS, or other language tests may also be required by some host campuses.

    The language of instruction at all NSE campuses in Puerto Rico is Spanish. Students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions, do written work, and take examinations in Spanish. You must demonstrate Spanish language proficiency as part of your home institution's application process.

    The language of instruction at the Universite de Montreal, the Universite de Sherbrooke, and the Universite du Quebec a' Montreal, is French. Students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions, do written work, and take examinations in French. You must demonstrate French language proficiency as part of your home institution's application process. Following placement, you may also be requested to complete a language placement test.

    Length of Exchange

    Your eligible time for exchange may include exchange to more than one NSE campus, may cross two or more calendar years, or may involve exchange from more than one home institution. No matter the mix of home campuses, host campuses or time away, you may only participate in NSE for a cumulative total of time not to exceed one calendar year, defined as an academic year (two semesters or three quarters) and a summer session. Not all campuses, however, can accommodate summer exchange. Single term exchanges in different academic years may incur additional NSE application fees.

    The National Student Exchange is not a mechanism for transfer to your host campus nor can NSE be utilized to circumvent the host institution's requirement for establishing residency for tuition purposes should you decide to transfer.