National Student Exchange

Important: Participation in the NSE program in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands is suspended until further notice.

National Student Exchange (NSE) provides an opportunity to study at one of nearly 200 universities throughout the United States, Guam, and Canada. Students may study for up to two semesters and all units transfer back to CSUMB.

NSE participants have found their exchanges culturally enriching, academically rewarding, and one of the most significant experiences of their undergraduate education.

Since its founding in 1968, more than 110,000 students have had the opportunity to experience life from a different point of view.

Funding your NSE experience

There are two funding options available to students, Plan A and Plan B.

Plan A

  • Pay host university's in-state tuition, not CSUMB tuition
  • Pay host university for housing, meals & fees
  • Pay for transportation
  • You can use your federal financial aid, but not your state aid to fund the program.
  • Housing and meal plans are typically less expensive at most schools than at CSUMB, so you will likely save money here, even without state aid.
  • If you are looking into a competitive program (University of Hawaii, Manoa and Hilo, Queens College, etc.), you are more likely to get into your first choice through plan A.
  • You can study through NSE for one or two semesters, and they neither have to be sequential, nor do they have to be at the same university.

Plan B

  • Pay CSUMB tuition
  • Pay host university for housing, meals & fees
  • Pay for transportation
  • You can use all of your federal and state financial aid to fund the program.
  • If tuition at your host university is less expensive than your home university, you can save money on this plan.
  • If you are looking into a competitive program (University of Hawaii, Manoa and Hilo, Queens College, etc.), you may have a more difficult time being accepted, as there must be an equal number of students exchanging between CSUMB and the host university. Your study abroad advisor can help to determine the likelihood of acceptance. If there are no available exchange spots, you may still attend these schools, but must do so through Plan A instead.
  • You can study through NSE for one or two semesters, and they neither have to be sequential, nor do they have to be at the same university.

Download this handy cost comparison worksheet to determine which plan makes more sense for you!

Application process

  1. Talk to your Education Abroad Coordinator.
  2. Complete an informational application in Horizons.
  3. Complete the NSE application and wait for acceptance notification.
  4. You may or may not be required to complete an informational application for your host university.
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