National Student Exchange offers you the opportunity to study for a semester or year at one of over 180 colleges and universities throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Canada. Participating in NSE enables you to access different campuses' resources, faculty and courses while living in a different geographical and cultural setting of North America. You can check out a school you are considering for graduate studies, or area where you think you might want to live one day.
Please choose an NSE host institution based on whether or not it has courses that will apply to your requirements at SUNY Plattsburgh. Choosing an institution based on a location is not a wise idea as that school may not have your major, or classes in your major there are not open to NSE students. To find course information, you will have to look at each NSE institution's website. To find out which courses are closed to NSE students, pick up a copy of the NSE catalog in the Global Education Office or visit the NSE website
Housing options will vary by campus. Please consider your preferences when applying.
Support services vary by campus, so you should consider your needs when selecting a host university. Students with physical or learning disabilities, should contact the Global Education Office to find out more about the specific services available.
NSE has two payment plans: Plan A and Plan B
: Students pay tuition, fees, room and board directly to the host institution at that state's resident rate. Students also apply for financial aid to the host institution for that semester.
: Students pay applicable tuition and fees to SUNY Plattsburgh and room and board costs to your host institution. Students apply for financial aid through SUNY Plattsburgh.
Regardless of whether Plan A or B is selected, students will be charged a $350 NSE registration fee at SUNY Plattsburgh for each semester they participate in the program. Plan A students will also pay the technology fee and the college fee. Plan B students must pay all mandatory fees. For a current rate of SUNY Plattsburgh's fees, please visit Student Accounts.
Financing a study abroad program is one of the most important aspects to consider before applying. Please be sure to consider which costs you are billed for through SUNY Plattsburgh, as well as those you must plan for, but pay directly, such as a flight and accommodation, when selecting the plan that is right for you.
Financial aid in the form of scholarships, aid (NYS TAP, etc.), and loans, may be applied to study abroad programs. It is important that you visit the financial aid office to discuss your eligibility prior to applying. Please note that students on Plan A will submit FAFSA information to their host campus, which means they are not eligible for NYS TAP awards.
The first step of the application process is to complete the SUNY Plattsburgh study abroad application and submit all additional materials, which include official transcripts, academic references, and a study statement. Once your application is complete and has been reviewed, students will be sent additional instructions on additional requirements from your host university.