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National Student Exchange

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NSE includes nearly 200 colleges and universities and has provided exchange opportunities to more than 90,000 students since its founding in 1968.

What is NSE?

Since 1968 the National Student Exchange (NSE) provides opportunities for undergraduate students to study for one semester or one academic year at another NSE member college or university. You can choose from more than 180 colleges and universities to meet your personal interests and academic needs. NSE campuses extend beyond the borders of the United States to include U.S. territories and Canadian Provinces.

If you qualify for participation, you will join approximately 4,000 students this year and overall more than 85,000 students who have enjoyed and benefited from this life enriching experience, that challenged their thinking, increased their knowledge, enhanced their personal development, and gained new perspectives during their exchange.


Why should I participate?

  • Earn course credit towards degree
  • Experience personal growth
  • Broaden educational perspectives
  • Explore and experience new and different cultures
  • Access programs and courses not offered at Kent State
  • Leard from different professors teaching styles
  • Live in a different geographic location
  • Investigate graduate schools
  • Explore internship and employment opportunities
  • Becomre more independent and self-confident
  • Learn about your world beyond your local area
  • Experience living and working in a multicultural and global context
  • To have new, different and fabulous life experiences
  • What is YOUR reason for participating?

Do I Meet The Requirements To Apply?

  • Undergraduate Student Status (30 Completed Credit Hours)
  • Full-Time Student Status
  • Overall 2.50 GPA
  • Good Standing (academic, financial, conduct)

Campus Locations


“I am very happy about going away.  This will be a time for me to meet new people and grow as a person.  It will be the first time that I will be on my own and I am looking forward to being on my own.  I plan to bring back new things and ideas to offer my organizations here at Kent.”

Chinerey Tutashinda, Sophomore, Kent Campus
Host Campus:  University of Northern Colorado, CO

“I had an awesome time traveling to the location of my host campus.  I learned a LOT about our country!”

Andrea Bussinger, Junior, Honors College, Kent Campus
Host Campus:  Humboldt State University, CA

“College has surpassed my wildest expectations.  I am a mere 9-days away from what may turn out to be the most   exciting time of my life!  My mind is racing with all the thoughts of what will happen in my life, how my life will change and how I will change.  I am looking forward to the education aspect of this venture, too.  I am      extremely excited to leave for Manhattan.  I am a small-town girl with a big-city heart!”

Julie Honabarger, Junior, Honors College, Stark Campus  
Host Campus:  Hunter College, NY

“I am thankful for my upbringing in that my parents always taught me not to be afraid to be different.  Here is an opportunity to travel and learn and the experience will be self-rewarding.  The National Student Exchange is something that works perfectly; NSE affords students the opportunity to explore their country.  Puerto Rico, here I come to learn, explore and experience the culture I have longed to learn about since my childhood!”

Tiffany Marie Capeles, Junior, Stark Campus
Host Campus:  University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

“I have found a great place to live with four great roommates, close to campus and downtown.  I have a small garden, but am planning to double its size since some vegetables can be grown year-round here!”

John Barber, Senior, Honors College, Kent Campus
Host Campus:  Humboldt State University, CA

“When I first heard about NSE, I was excited that I might get to attend school out west.  This program is giving me the opportunity to experience school in the west without having to pay out-of-state tuition.  The only thing I am worried about is not wanting to come home.”
Note:  Rachel will participate in the Grand Canyon program, where she and other students will live at the Grand Canyon while conducting research.

Rachel Freeman, Sophomore, Honors College, Kent Campus
Host Campus:  Northern Arizona University, AZ

“This experience will allow me to discover many new things about myself, as well as about my life outside of ‘home’.  I hope to learn a great deal at the University of Connecticut, not only educationally, but also about life in general.  I cannot wait to get there to see a whole new world open up to me.  I believe this opportunity will help me grow as an individual.  I am filled with anticipation and excitement!”

Tara Lowdermilk, Junior, Kent Campus
Host Campus:  University of Connecticut, CT 

“There is no doubt that I am going to miss being at Kent, but I like trying new things.  And, I have no doubt that my trip to the University of Minnesota will be a fun and        fulfilling experience.  I am looking forward to the challenges new classes will present, the fun of making new friends and the ability to join new student groups at the University of Minnesota.  I am nervous and excited, but those are both signs that I am going to have a good time!”

Sharlene Fish, Junior, Honors College, Kent Campus
Host Campus:  University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, MN


Can I attend a HBCU (Historically Black College and Universities) campus?
Yes you can. For a list of Historically Black College and Universities click here.

How Much Will the Program Cost Me?
You pay a $185.00 Application Fee (non-refundable) 
You ONLY pay Kent State University Tuition to Kent State  
You can use your student Fee Waiver (No tuition costs)
You pay in-state costs of Room & Meals to your Host Campus
You can use my financial aid to pay tuition and room/meal fees  
Your scholarships may apply (your NSE Coordinator will tell you)
You will pay any fees associated with courses  / labs
You may need to pay a small NSE fee to your host campus (unlikely, but, your NSE Coordinator will tell you)
You pay for your round-trip transportation
You save money for personal expenses / extra spending expenses

Will My Classes Transfers Back To Kent State?
When you meet with your Academic Advisor you will learn which classes will transfer
Your official transcript from your host campus will be placed in your official Kent State file
Your status as a full-time Kent State student remains active, you are just studying away at another campus with plans to return to Kent State

Where Will I Live?
You can live on-campus or off-campus (your NSE Coordinator will tell you)
You will pay in-state cost housing fees to host campus or rent by landlord

How Long Can I Stay On Exchange?
You can go on exchange for one semester or for one year
You can exchange to one campus during fall and then exchange to another campus during spring (two campuses in one year)

Can I Study Abroad Through NSE?
You must meet the eligibility requirements of both the NSE program and the study abroad program. Read website for tips on manners, customs, etc. in other countries 

When Will I Know My Campus Assignment?
Campus assignments will be determined during the mid- March NSE Conference
You will know your exchange host campus assignment in early April

When Do I Depart?
You will leave for your host campus before the start of the fall or spring session at your host campus

WOW!!!!  I Can Go On The “Buddy System” With Friends?
Yes you can. A total of four students from Kent State or from different NSE campus can signup together on the “Buddy System” and go to the same campus

Contact Us

Kent State University NSE Coordinator:
Pamela Jones (, (330) 672-0980, Undergraduate Studies, Lake Hall

Information Session dates, times and locations
will be posted Fall 2013

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