National Student Exchange Program

Experience Life From a Different Point of View!

The National Student Exchange is a consortium of over 180 colleges and universities throughout the United States, US territories, and Canada. Through this academic program, students continue to make progress toward their PSU degree while studying at another fully accredited institution. After a semester or year on exchange, students return to PSU to complete their remaining degree requirements and graduate.

If it is time to expand your curriculum, strike out on your own, explore new interests, study with new faculty, hear different ideas, make new friends, or create new opportunities, then widen your horizons through the National Student Exchange.

Eligibility Requirements

Exchange opportunities are considered a privilege, not a right. Plymouth State University will not allow students to study away who do not meet the following criteria:

  • All applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative PSU GPA at time of application AND time of exchange
  • Must be in good academic, judicial, and financial standing
  • Must have attended PSU for at least 1 year, with a minimum of 12 earned credits
  • Must not be on, or have pending, any probationary status due to academic dishonesty or misconduct
  • Must be able to demonstrate maturity, organization, adaptability, and flexibility

Program Cost

Plymouth State University is a “Plan B Only” member of the National Student Exchange. Tuition and mandatory fees are paid to PSU. Room and board are paid to the host campus. Special fees, such as those for labs or orientation programs, are paid to the host campus. Financial Aid continues to be applied for and received from PSU (continue to list only PSU on FAFSA). Applicants are advised to thoroughly research the costs of the campuses they are considering. Transportation costs are paid by the student.

There is a $300.00 non-refundable application fee, due with the completed application.

Program Benefits

NSE is an amazing opportunity, no matter why you choose to go!

Plymouth State University students have chosen exchange campuses based on academic offerings, climate, student life and athletics, to explore career and graduate school options, to be near someone they love, or to just push themselves out of their comfort zone. The important thing is that they want to try something new.

Take courses not available at PSU, but continue to use your PSU scholarships and financial aid. National Student Exchange has something for everyone.

Courses, Grades, and Credits

All courses taken while on exchange are pre-approved prior to leaving Plymouth State University. The PSU Transfer Credit Approval Form denotes how many credits will be accepted and the specific requirement each course satisfies. The following PSU policies apply to all exchange students:

Grades of “C” or better will be accepted in transfer from NSE member exchange institutions.  “C-“or “D” will not transfer. For a full explanation of all transfer credit policies, please refer to the PSU transfer credit policy.

PSU NSE Application & Placement Process

Attend one of our upcoming NSE Info Sessions OR stop by the Global Engagement Office, in Mary Lyon, to obtain an NSE Student Handbook, or visit to search the NSE Campus Profiles. Search by major, areas of interest, or campus size too.

Research & select five or six campuses that meet your academic and personal goals. Remember that PSU is Plan B only, so your list should include schools with Plan B “OPEN” or “UNEVEN”. PSU students are only permitted to list one “1:1” school on their final NSE Application.

Look through the Campus Profiles, websites, and course catalogs of your top choices, concentrating on courses you might need for your major or minor. If they are not available, ask yourself if you could spend a semester away without taking major, minor, Discovery/general education or elective courses, and still graduate on time.

Make an appointment to talk with the PSU NSE exchange coordinator to discuss your campus choices and goals for exchange.

Complete the PSU Application along with the PSU NSE Application including all signatures, and enclose your full PSU unofficial transcript (including fall grades), and short personal essay.

Submit your completed application in person, and pay the $300.00 non-refundable application fee  on or before February 15, 2018 at 11:59pm. After that date, the number of schools with openings significantly decreases.

Applicants are only offered one placement: The NSE Coordinator tries for the first choice and if that is not available, she continues down your list of schools in the priority they are listed. Placements are not guaranteed, and are determined by many factors at each HOST campus, such as: their outgoing numbers, class availability, housing, and other factors. Applicants should work closely with the PSU NSE Coordinator to review past placement statistics.

Students will be notified of their exchange site by Spring Break, and will meet with the NSE Coordinator shortly thereafter to officially accept the placement and begin the necessary paperwork for participating in National Student Exchange.

NSE Member Campuses