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Outgoing Students

  •  Why NSE? 
    • Broaden personal and educational perspectives
    • Experience new cultures
    • Explore new areas of study
    • Learn from different professors
    • Access new courses
    • Experience personal growth
    • Meet new people
    • Make new friends
    • Acquire life skills
    • Live in a different area
    • Investigate graduate schools
    • Seek future employment
    • Become more independent and resourceful

    For 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.

    It is 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.


    In order to participate in the National Student Exchange program, a student must meet all of the following eligibility criteria.

    • Must be a full-time, degree seeking New Jersey City University student with a declared major
    • Must be enrolled at NJCU the semester immediately prior to the intended exchange semester
    • All applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative NJCU GPA (please note some institutions have higher GP A requirements, a student must meet those requirements in addition to the general NSE requirements)
    • Must be in good academic, judicial, and financial standing
      • Discipline history will be reviewed on a case by case basis
      • Academic probation students will not be considered
      • Students with any current academic or financial holds will not be considered
    • Must have a minimum of 32 credits earned at NJCU
      • Transfer students must complete at least one semester (12 credits) at NJCU to be eligible
    How to Choose a Program

    When considering all the options, take the time to think about the following criteria for your NSE exchange program:

    Academic - Do they have the courses you need to stay on track with your NJCU curriculum?

    Semester/Quarter - NJCU only participates with schools that operate on a semester schedule. Quarter school exchanges will not be approved.

    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?

     Internship/Volunteer – 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.

    A full list of member institutions can be found here: http://www.nse.org/exchange/memcam.asp 

    Application Process
    • Visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to pick up a NSE brochure or visit www.nse.org to search the NSE Online Directory
    • Conduct a search of participating schools. Search by major or areas of interest
    • Research & select four or five campuses that meet your academic and personal goals
    • Look through websites and course catalogs of your top choices, concentrating on courses you might need for your major or minor. If they are not available, ask yourself if you could spend a semester away without taking major or minor classes and still graduate on time.
    • Contact Matthew Lahm, NSE Coordinator, to make an appointment to discuss the NSE program, your campus choices and goals for exchange mlahm@njcu.edu  
    • Complete the NJCU National Student Exchange application
    • Submit your completed NSE application with the $175.00 non-refundable application fee on or before February 22, 2013 at 4pm (for fall 2013/spring 2014 placements). After that date, the application fee will be raised to $200.

    Check List      


    • $175.00 Application Fee (Non-Refundable)
      *Check Made Payable to New Jersey City University 
    • Completed Application
    • Signed Statement of Responsibility and Waiver of Liability Forms
    • 2 Faculty Recommendations
    • Application Essay
    • Official NJCU Transcript


    • Ad Hoc Form
    • Course Approval Form
    • Host Campus Application
    • PAF Acceptance Forms (2 pages)

    Apply now  


    For placement during the Fall 2012/Spring 2013 academic year – Friday, February 17, 2012 

    Cost, Financial Aid & Scholarships

    National 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.

    *If 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.

    *If 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 institution.

    There is a $150.00 non-refundable application fee due with the completed application. Application fees for those received after the deadline will be $200.00.

    *Applicants are advised to thoroughly research the costs of the campuses they are considering.