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What is National Student Exchange?

National Student Exchange (NSE) is a domestic program that provides a unique opportunity for students to study at one of nearly 200 NSE member colleges and universities in these locations: the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Resident rates (in-state tuition & fees) are available during the out-of-state or out-of-country exchange.

Why should I participate in NSE?

» Live in a different part of the country while remaining a Texas State student
» Explore class options not available at Texas State
» Have a unique learning experience beyond Texas State
» Vary your cultural awareness and social climate
» Investigate potential graduate schools and job opportunities outside of Texas
» Learn more about yourself and your future options before graduation


What are the requirements?

» Be a full-time student at the time of application and remain a full-time student while on exchange.
» Sophomore or junior standing is preferred. In some cases, students may have fewer than 30 credit hours.
» Seniors will require special permission from their academic advisor to enroll in NSE due to the TXST residency requirement.
» Have a Texas State grade point average of 2.5 (or better) at the time of application, prior to exchange, and during the exchange.


How long can I participate?

Students are invited to participate in the exchange for:

» one semester or
» one academic year (including the summer)

How much will it cost?

» Non-refundable application fee of $200 (cash, check, or money order)
» You pay for 15 credit hours of Texas State in-state tuition and fees on Plan B payment or...
» In-state tuition and fees at your host institution on Plan A payment.
» You will also be responsible for room, board and transportation to and from your host campus.
» Costs may include application fees and any other fees as required by your host NSE university.


How does the program affect my Financial Aid?

Participating in the program will not affect aid status or payments. Students exchanging under Plan A payment apply for financial aid through their NSE host campus, and students exchanging under Plan B apply through the Texas State home campus.  

For more financial aid information, contact:

Dr. Byron Kerr
JCK 220


How will my courses transfer back to my university?

Full credit is given for coursework satisfactorily completed on exchange. Prior to exchange, you and your academic advisor will complete an NSE advising agreement to guarantee the transfer of host institution coursework toward your TXST degree. 

NOTE: Your GPA from the host institution will affect your transfer and overall GPA, but will not affect your Texas State GPA for graduation or honors purposes.