The International Education Office offers a plethora of opportunities for exchange within the state of New York and across the United States and Canada.
The National Student Exchange (NSE) is a program for undergraduate exchange within the United States and Canada. Through the NSE, you can study for up to one calendar year at another location. Instead of crossing oceans, NSE students cross state, regional, provincial, and cultural borders.
Participating in NSE can be exhilarating, culturally enriching, and one of the most significant experiences of your undergraduate education. The changes seen in student attitudes, understanding of other people in other settings, maturity, self-confidence, and decision-making are similar to the experiences of students who study internationally.
NSE was established in 1968 with three universities in Alabama, Illinois, and Montana exchanging seven students among their institutions. Administrators on those campuses wanted to help students who would not or could not take advantage of studying abroad by providing them with living and learning opportunities within their own country. Since then, NSE has grown beyond their greatest imaginations and has provided life-changing opportunities to more than 90,000 students. The program expanded in the mid-1990s to include Canadian colleges and universities.
Policies and Procedures
NSE has established a basic framework of policies to which all member campuses are subject. Within that framework, each campus determines its own working parameters and procedures for the program. The campus also sets its own policies relating to student participation. Each campus has a coordinator who is responsible for administering the NSE program at that campus. He or she is the best source of advice about the NSE program as it relates to your participation from your campus.
For more information in regards to housing, language proficiency, grades and credits, special needs, semester and quarter exchanges, program access and availability, majors, distance education, and athletics please refer to www.nse.org.
All requirements are applicable at the time of application and at the completion of the term prior to your exchange.
Note: If your GPA for the term preceding exchange falls below a 2.5, your exchange may be subject to cancelation by your home coordinator even though your overall GPA remains at a cumulative 2.5 or greater. 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 requirements or qualifications which may be imposed by your home campus. Also, consult the campus narratives in the NSE Directory for campus-specific exchange limitations and restrictions which apply to incoming exchange students at the universities you are considering for exchange.
There are two tuition and fees payment plans utilized by NSE:
On both tuition payment plans, fees which are assessed as a condition of enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, general service, computer, technology, art and photography supplies) are paid to your host campus. Room and meal costs are always paid to your host campus. You are responsible for transportation, personal expenses, and sightseeing opportunities while on exchange.
Buffalo State students who are eligible for financial aid list only Buffalo State FAFSA code when applying for aid. Financial aid for eligible students will be awarded by and disbursed from Buffalo State whether you pay tuition and fees to Buffalo State or to your host campus. (That is an exception to NSE policy).
Please complete the following required forms:
A fee of $180 is accepted for an application to be complete. An informal interview is part of the process.
In addition to the eligibility criteria, application fee, and supporting documentation, other factors which may be considered in the application process include your flexibility, the ability to adapt to short-term relocation, clear academic and personal goals, support of your academic department, and a willingness to be a positive representative of Buffalo State to your exchange college or university.