The National Student Exchange (NSE) is a program for undergraduates attending participating institutions within the United States and its territories, and the provinces of Canada.
Students on NSE spend one or two terms at a single host campus, or one term each at two different host campuses. Many students who participate in NSE hold one or more of the following goals, for their exchange:
Students who participate in National Student Exchange develop skills aligned with EIU university goals. Their horizons are expanded as they explore diverse perspectives and think critically about previously held beliefs regarding the practice of their disciplines, the impact of culture on everyday life, and the role of national identity in international citizenship.
As at EIU, students’ growth while on exchange is expressed through speaking and writing. Faculty at their host institutions assess students both formally and informally, and submit course grades that later contribute to students’ cumulative GPAs back at EIU.
To apply for a National Student Exchange placement, a student must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria required by all NSE campuses:
Please note: Individual institutions participating in NSE establish their own minimum cumulative GPAs. Though most require only a 2.5, some require a 3.0 or higher. In many instances, students participating on Honors exchange or R.A. exchange are expected to meet higher GPA requirements. GPA requirements are provided under the “Conditions” tab on each institution’s NSE page.
If you are currently considering a placement for FA18 and/or SP19, you will want to schedule an informational appointment with Ms. Sara Schmidt, NSE Coordinator for EIU. To schedule that appointment, please e-mail Ms. Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message for her at (217) 581-2017. She will begin keeping appointments, for placements in FA18 and/or SP19, on 8/28/17. She will hold her final appointment, for placements in FA18 and/or SP19, on 1/26/18.
When you meet with Ms. Schmidt, she will review with you:
Deadlines to submit an application for an outgoing placement are as follows:
Placements are typically made during the NSE placement conference; the conference takes place within the first two weeks of March. Waiting to apply until after the conference significantly increases the likelihood of either non-placement or placement with a “last choice” institution.
For information about institutions participating in National Student Exchange, please see the NSE website, at http://www.nse.org.