many NSE students, the year/semester on exchange is usually the most
significant and enjoyable in their academic career. Students return home with a
fresh outlook on their education and better able to define academic and career
objectives. It is also a time of dramatic personal growth and maturity,
particularly for students who have not traveled extensively. Students
frequently return from exchange with more self-confidence and independence,
greater decision-making skills, better able to take risks, and with a better
defined view of their future.
not unusual for NSE students to consider, after returning to their home
environment, participation in a study abroad program as well as graduate school
and employment opportunities outside of their home region. NSE is an
enhancement of your undergraduate program, demonstrating to graduate schools
and future employers that you have gone beyond the norm.
order to participate in the National Student Exchange program, a student must
meet all of the following eligibility criteria.
considering all the options, take the time to think about the following
criteria for your NSE exchange program:
- Do they have the courses you need
to stay on track with your NJCU curriculum?
- NJCU only participates with
schools that operate on a semester schedule. Quarter school exchanges will not
Housing – Is housing available on-campus? Unless you have
family/friends that live near the host campus, we do not encourage students to
live off campus for their exchange semester.
Cost – Plan A vs. Plan B – Which option is best for you? What
are the host school costs for tuition and housing?
Sports/Clubs – Are there chapters of organizations you already belong to
that you can join? Are there organizations different from those at NJCU that
would benefit you?
– Check out the options to do an internship or volunteer; whether it is for personal
reasons or you want to build your resume, these are great options to do while
on an NSE program.
list of member institutions can be found here: http://www.nse.org/exchange/memcam.asp
placement during the Fall 2012/Spring 2013 academic year – Friday,
February 17, 2012
Cost, Financial Aid &
Student Exchange is run through two financial payment options.
Plan A is when the student pays tuition and mandatory fees to the
host institution. Room and board are also paid to the host campus. Thus, you
would not have a bill at NJCU during your NSE term. Financial Aid would
need to be filed in your NAFSA under the host institution. Please contact the
Financial Aid office with questions as to how to do this.
you receive any NJCU institutional scholarships, you are not eligible to
use them on Plan A exchanges.
Plan B is when the student pays tuition and mandatory fees to NJCU.
Room and board are paid to the host campus. Special fees, such as those with
labs or orientation programs, are paid to the host campus as well. Financial
Aid continues to be applied for and received from NJCU.
you receive any RCNJ institutional scholarships, you are eligible to use
those scholarships towards the tuition portion billed to you by Ramapo College
but not towards your room and board which is paid directly to the host
is a $150.00 non-refundable application fee due with the completed
application. Application fees for those received after the deadline will be
are advised to thoroughly research the costs of the campuses they are