About National Student Exchange

Who is eligible to participate in NSE?

What schools can I attend as an NSE student?

When is the deadline for applying to NSE and how do I apply ?
February 21, 2020 is the deadline for 2020-2021 priority placements

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

How much is this going to cost?

Can I use my financial aid?

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

When do I find out if I’m accepted?

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 Global Education, 105 Fusion Space.

  • 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. There are a few select participating schools with higher GPA minimums, be sure to review these requirements on www.nse.org.
  • 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/ or pick up the NSE Directory in the Office of Global Education, 105 Fusion Space.

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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 February of this academic year.  February 21, 2020 is the deadline for 2020-2021 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 $150 non-refundable UMF application fee, PLUS a $150 non-refundable nse.org placement fee, both of which must be paid by the final application deadline before we will submit your request for placement consideration. Both fees can be paid online and you will be provided with the individual links to make payments.

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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, 105 Fusion Space, to go over important program and application details.

2. After your first NSE advising session, you will research the schools you are interested in, discuss schools and classes with your advisor and then make a second appointment with the NSE Advisor to go over your school choices. At this appointment you will be sent a link to the online NSE application.

3. Submit your completed online application, including supporting document uploads and pay the NSE application fees by the deadline listed above. Both fees can be paid online and you will be provided with the individual links to make payments.

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What’s the difference between Host Plan (A) and Home Plan (B), and why can’t I participate on the Host Plan (A)?

On Host 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 Host 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 Home Plan (B) school, which means you can only attend schools that are also Plan B or Plan A/B. When you look at the school profiles on nse.org you will be able to see the placement probability as a Plan B applicant.

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How much is this going to cost?

On Home 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. One of the required application documents is an NSE budget estimate (based on your first choice school), which will be signed by the Financial Aid Officer you meet with.

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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 students being placed each year, over 90% are placed at a conference held every year in the first or second week of March. Each year approximately 97 percent of all students applying will be placed, with 84 percent receiving their first choice. Once the placements have been arranged, your UMF NSE coordinator will contact you 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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