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Yes. U students who want to exchange to another participating NSE school must be enrolled full time and have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application. In addition, students must have a minimum of 24 credit hours at the U prior to exchange. For more eligibility information, visit our Outgoing Students page.

Yes. All NSE students are expected to maintain full time status (at least 12 semester credit hours) at the host school for each term during their exchange.

No. Currently there are over 150 universities that participate in the exchange from the United States, Canada, and the U.S. territories. For a complete list of participating universities visit NSE Member Campus list.

NSE offers two tuition payment plans: Plan A and Plan B. Under Plan A, students pay the resident in-state tuition and fees directly to their host campus. Under Plan B, students pay normal tuition and fees to their home campus. Regardless of their preferred plan, students will pay an application fee.

For students interested in coming to the U, more financial information can be found on the Incoming Students page.

For U students interested in studying away, more financial information can be found on the Outgoing Students page.

In most cases, students have two choices to pay tuition: Plan A and Plan B.

Plan A: Students pay the resident in-state tuition and fees directly to their host campus.

  • Incoming students on Plan A will pay the University of Utah.

  • Outgoing students on Plan A will pay their host campus.

Plan B: Students pay normal tuition and fees to their home campus. Students who currently pay non-resident tuition at their home campus should expect to continue to do so while on exchange.

  • Incoming students on Plan B will pay their home campus.

  • Outgoing students on Plan B will pay the University of Utah.

All students must send a receipt of tuition payment to the NSE Office at the U to show that they have paid their tuition in full.

Yes. For students interested in coming to the U on Plan A, they will seek federal financial aid from the University of Utah. For students interested in coming to the U on Plan B, they will seek federal financial aid from their home campus. More financial information can be found on the Incoming Students page

For U students interested in exchanging to another university on Plan A, they will seek federal financial aid from their host campus. For U students interested in exchanging to another university of Plan B, they will seek federal financial aid from the University of Utah. More financial information can be found on the Outgoing Students page.

Students who receive scholarships from a private source should contact their Financial Aid Office to confirm if those funds may be used for an exchange.

Yes. We advise students not to depend on jobs to fund an exchange. We cannot guarantee that you will find a job or that it will pay you enough to meet your expenses at the host school.
No. Students participating in NSE are considered visiting students and cannot use their exchange to establish residency. Students contemplating transfer to the host school must realize that non-resident tuition will be paid at the host site for at least one year after the exchange is completed, along with a host of other requirements established by the state to which the students transfer. Students are strongly advised to check with the host school admissions office to discover all transfer requirements. NSE is not intended as a vehicle for permanent transfer.

Students at the U who want to attend another school through the NSE program must complete and return an application packet to the NSE Office at the U. Students cannot negotiate their own exchanges and all application materials must go through the NSE Office.

As you are beginning an application, please contact us so we can guide you through the application process and answer any questions.

Students who wish to come to the U from another institution, coordinate with the NSE Coordinator at your home campus.

Yes. Students can be placed in pairs or groups; however, students wishing to be placed this way must realize that we cannot guarantee the host school will accept all applicants. Paired and grouped students will not be separated wherever they go. Where one goes, the other goes. Please also be aware that when students go in groups they are more likely to be placed on Plan A.

NSE Coordinators place and accept students for top priority at the annual NSE Placement Conference in the first week of March. Students who applied before the February priority placement deadline will receive confirmation of their placement when the coordinators return from the conference toward the middle of March.

For outgoing students, some universities do not accept any students after the March placements. Other universities, however, will accept a few students after that deadline. If you are interested exchanging for a full academic year or just one semester and you have missed the March conference, contact us

For incoming students, the U will accept exchange students after March. Visit our Incoming Students page for deadlines.

Once placed at the host school, the NSE Coordinator from that school will send a packet containing instructions, admission forms, and class registration materials. Read the information packet carefully to ensure deadlines are not missed! Each institution completes registration in a different way, so students must wait for information from the host coordinators.

At the U, students will register online. The Registrar's Office offers a tutorial

University of Utah students completing their exchange must send an official transcript from their host school to the NSE Office at the U and the Admissions Office. Students will receive academic credit for all courses taken at the host school that have been approved by the appropriate University of Utah advisor(s), as detailed on our Outgoing Students page. The GPA earned for the courses taken at the host school is not computed into your University of Utah GPA.

Students are allowed to exchange for up to one academic year (three semesters: fall, spring OR three quarters: fall, winter, spring). Students may sign-up for a one semester exchange and extend their exchange if they wish. They must obtain permission from both their host and home campus to do this.
We cannot force students to remain at the host school but keep in mind that if a student withdraws from the NSE program after the semester has begun and before it is ended, the student must officially resign from both the host and the home school for that semester. The student must then re-enroll to their home school for the next semester.

If you have a question that has not been answered on this page, please contact us!

Last Updated: 9/7/16