About National Student Exchange

  1. Who is eligible to participate in NSE?
  2. What schools can I attend as an NSE student?
  3. When is the deadline for applying to NSE and how do I apply ?
    February 13, 2015 is the deadline for 2015-2016 priority placements
  4. What’s the difference between a Plan A and a Plan B school, and why can’t I go to a Plan A school?
  5. How much is this going to cost?
  6. Can I use my financial aid?
  7. Will the courses I take at my host campus be applied to my UMF degree program?
  8. When do I find out if I’m accepted?
  9. Can a friend and I apply together to participate in NSE?

Who is eligible to participate in NSE?
To participate in NSE, UMF students must meet the following criteria:

*This list is a summary; for a complete list of requirements, visit your campus NSE Coordinator in the Office of International and Exchange programs, Franklin Hall Room 201.

  • Have completed minimum of one semester of full-time (min. 12 credits) study in residence at UMF by application deadline. AP and transfer credits are not considered.
  • Sophomore standing or above at the time of exchange
  • 2.5 minimum cumulative UMF GPA.
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing.
  • Enrolled/Matriculated at UMF, full time, in the semester prior to exchange.
  • Meet foreign language proficiency requirements, if needed.
  • Must not be on probation, parole, or have any pending legal judgments
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What schools can I attend as an NSE student?

Almost 200 colleges and universities in the United States, it’s Territories and Canada participate in the NSE program. For a list and more information about individual schools visit the NSE website at : http://nse.org/exchange/memcam.asp or pick up the NSE Directory in the Office of International and Exchange programs, Franklin Hall Room 201.

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When is the deadline for applying to NSE?

The deadline to apply for a fall or spring placement for the next academic year is in early February.  February 13, 2015 is the deadline for 2015-2016 priority placements. Because most placements are made at the annual conference in March, very limited options may be available after the deadline. If you miss this deadline and are still interested in applying, contact the UMF NSE coordinator to discuss available options.

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Does it cost anything to apply?

Yes, there is a $175 non-refundable application fee, which must be paid by the final application deadline before we will submit your request for placement consideration.

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What does Priority Placement Mean?

Some schools can only take a limited number of students so they fill up fast for the following academic year. In order to have the best possible chance to get into your first choice school you should submit your full application by the Priority Placement deadline.

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How do I apply?

1. Attend a group advising session or schedule an individual advising session with the NSE Advisor, Room 201 Franklin Hall, to go over important program and application details.

2. Download the NSE Application Packet from myCampus, Tools, Forms and Documents http://international.umf.maine.edu/national/download-nse-application-packet-pdf/

3. Submit your completed application, including supporting documents, and application fee by the deadline listed above.

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What’s the difference between Plan A and Plan B, and why can’t I go to a Plan A school?

On Plan A, students pay the in-state or resident tuition/fees of and to their host campus. UMF students are not eligible to participate on Plan A. On Plan B, students pay their normal tuition/fees to their home campus. Room and meals are always paid to the host campus. UMF is a Plan B school, which means you can only attend schools that are also Plan B or Plan A/B.

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How much is this going to cost?

On Plan B, students pay their normal tuition/fees to their home campus. Room and meal costs are always paid to the host campus. Travel costs are the responsibility of the student. To get specific information about room and board costs, consult the NSE website at www.nse.org or visit the host school’s website.

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Can I use my financial aid?

With the exception of Work Study funds, financial aid recipients can expect to use their regular aid to study at a participating campus. Students must apply for financial aid at the campus where they pay their tuition, i.e. UMF. Make an appointment to talk with someone in the Merrill Center – Student Accounts as soon as you make your decision to participate in the NSE program.

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Will the courses I take at my host campus be applied to my UMF degree program?

Yes! You will work closely with your UMF academic advisor to determine exactly how your host campus courses will be applied to your UMF degree program. For any course taken outside your advisor’s discipline you will need approval from the Division from which the course originates.  You will complete the NSE Credit Approval Form with required approval signatures and submit to the NSE Coordinator along with other Pre-Departure materials, prior to leaving UMF before your exchange.

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When do I find out if I’m accepted?

Of the 4000 students being placed each year, about 3700 are placed at a conference held every year in the second week of March. Each year approximately 97 percent of all students applying will be placed with 84 percent receiving their first choice. Your UMF NSE coordinator will contact you the week after the placement conference to let you know where you have been placed. You will then need to attend the mandatory placement acceptance meeting to confirm your placement and find out about your next steps.

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Can a friend and I apply together to participate in NSE?

While this type of arrangement cannot be guaranteed, you can make this request. In the past, students have had some successes with this endeavor. There is a place on the NSE application to indicate that you are requesting a linked placement. You should only choose this option if your individual participation is contingent upon the participation of your friend.

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