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Program Overview

Salem State University students have the option of studying away for one semester or one year through the National Student Exchange.

The National Student Exchange (NSE) program is a unique, not-for-profit consortium of nearly 200 accredited, baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The National Student Exchange (NSE) Program offers university students an opportunity to explore a different geographical and cultural environment, broadening their academic experience.  NSE provides exchange opportunities for the multitude of undergraduate students who meet eligibility and for whom an overseas experience is not appropriate, comfortable or affordable. Students may exchange for one semester or a full academic year.

If you are considering participating in the NSE program, please refer to the Applications Requirements link to get started with the application process. In addition, please review the Outgoing NSE Checklist document below to learn about important questions and concerns to consider prior to NSE.


Items to complete before you apply

  • Read the entire section Policies and Procedures for detailed information on eligibility; application policies, procedures and considerations; and what will be expected of you from the time of application through return to your home campus.
  • Researched multiple school profiles; location, climate, cost
  • Discussed this opportunity with your family
  • Review the payment options

Financing Your NSE Experience

The National Student Exchange utilizes two different plans for payment of tuition and fees. Student must meet with the NSE coordinator and financial aid representative to determine which plan will work for their NSE destination. Students will be required to complete a NSE budget form to understand all financial responsibilities prior to exchange. Please see the plans below. 

Financial Options

Plan A

Pay to your host campus the in-state (resident/provincial) tuition and fees directly to that campus.

Plan B

Continue to pay your normal tuition and fees to your home university. If you currently pay non-resident tuition to your home campus, you should expect to continue to do so while on exchange.

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