National Student Exchange (NSE)

What is NSE?

NSE is a consortium of nearly 170 accredited baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Member institutions offer exchanges to undergraduate students for up to a full academic year. The program can be thought of as an additional opportunity to traditional study abroad experiences, allowing students to enrich their undergraduate experiences while stepping out of their comfort zones.


Benefits of Participation

The National Student Exchange (NSE) program, established in 1968, presents an array of exciting benefits for students eager to embark on a journey of personal, professional, and academic growth. Here’s why NSE is such an enriching experience:

Professional Growth:

  • Venture beyond your comfort zone and embrace fresh perspectives in diverse cultural settings.
  • Enroll in specialized courses and academic options that may not be available on your home campus, broadening your educational horizons.
  • Access a range of professors and mentors, each with their own unique teaching style and expertise.
  • Use your NSE experience to investigate potential graduate schools and seek future employment opportunities.
  • Become more independent and resourceful as you navigate new environments and challenges.

Personal Development:

  • Immerse yourself in different cultures and ways of life, expanding your personal worldview.
  • Forge meaningful connections and make friends from all walks of life.
  • Gain the valuable experience of living in a different area, fostering personal growth and independence.

Participating in NSE is not just about academic credits; it’s a transformative journey that empowers you on both professional and personal levels. Don’t miss out on the adventure of a lifetime!

How it Works

The National Student Exchange (NSE) program at Rutgers University – Newark offers exciting opportunities for students to study at different universities for a semester or year. Here’s how it works:

Eligibility: To participate, you should be a Rutgers University – Newark student in good standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500.

Semester Options: You can choose to go on exchange for either the fall or spring semester, depending on your preferences.

Starting Early: You can join NSE as early as your sophomore year, so there’s no need to wait.

Application Process

To get started, schedule in-person meeting or virtual meeting with the NSE Coordinator. They will guide you through the application process.

  • SASN students should schedule an appointment to meet with Senior Program Coordinator Malikka Hutchins and receive an information packet.
  • Students from units other than SAS (e.g., RBS, Law School, SPAA) should first meet with their academic advisor to review transfer policies, restrictions on how non-Newark credits can be applied to major/minor requirements and other school-specific policies that may impact an exchange experience, like senior residency. Afterward, schedule an appointment with Senior Program Coordinator Malikka Hutchins for more information.

Tuition: Rutgers-Newark students will pay normal tuition and fees to their Home institution (Rutgers-Newark) and incoming exchange students from other institutions will also pay normal tuition and fees to their respective Home institutions. Room and Board and any associated fees will be paid by the student to the Host institution to which the students are accepted. Check out the list of Home and Host Pay sites here. Keep in mind that some member institutions are “Host Pay Only” for tuition and, therefore, are not available to Rutgers students for exchanges.

Academic Planning: To make the most of your NSE experience, plan ahead and meet with your major, minor, and school advisors. They can help you understand how transfer credits will apply to your degree requirements.

Application Deadlines:

  • Applications for Fall 2024 semester and Academic Year 2024-2025 are due by February 29th, 2024. Placements will be made during the first week of March 2024.

Visit the NSE Website to Learn More!

If you have any other questions, please reach out to Senior Program Coordinator Malikka Hutchins.


Phone: 973-353-2076