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NSE Description

Curiosity is Your Compass

The National Student Exchange (NSE) pro­vides New College students opportunities to study for a semester or an academic year at another NSE college or university in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada, and 7 locations abroad (Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, and Spain).
With nearly 170 universities from which to choose, students can find a campus with just the right combination of courses, facilities, and environment to meet their personal and aca­demic needs and interests.
While on an NSE exchange, students:
  • Continue to make progress toward their degree program
  • Access new courses, learn from different professors, explore new areas of study
  • Break out of their comfort zone, make new friends, become more independent, experience personal growth
  • Live in a different area, experience life from a different point of view, and broaden their perspectives
  • Investigate graduate schools or seek future employment
Each year, 2,000 students partici­pate in NSE. They continue to make pro­gress toward their home campus degree while studying in new places, meeting new people, and enrolling in specialized courses or unique academic options that may not be available on their home cam­pus.

The following are helpful resources as you consider your exchange participation and select an appropriate exchange location:
Minimum requirements are:
  • Full-time enrollment
  • Good standing (academic, personal and financial) with no incomplete grade
There may be additional requirements and/or restrictions on exchange participation. You can learn of these from your campus NSE coordinator and from the Campus Profiles at
Length of Exchange
You may participate in NSE for a single term or a full academic year. The maximum cumulative total for exchange participation may not exceed one calendar year.
Application Process
Apply for exchange through your home campus NSE coordinator. The process includes a program of study statement, two references, a non-refundable $175 application fee, an unofficial transcript, and biographical data.

New College students exchange on the Home Payment Plan, meaning that students pay their normal tuition and fees to New College.  Please note that additional fees assessed as a condition of enrollment (e.g., fees for laboratory courses, general service, computer, technology, art and photography supplies, etc…) are paid to your host campus.

If you reside on campus during your exchange, you will pay for room and meals at your host campus.

You will also be responsible for transportation, personal expenses, and sightseeing opportunities while on exchange.

Financial Aid
U.S. federally-funded financial aid for eligible students is applied for, awarded by, and disbursed by the New College Financial Aid office.

Most placements are made at the annual NSE conference that takes place in early March. Annually, 97% of the applicants are placed at one of their campus choices. Placement probabilities are governed by the number of openings at an institution and the number of students seeking that location.
Application deadlines
February 15 for BOTH Fall and Spring semesters for exchange in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. 
February 15 for a fall exchange at one of the 7 locations abroad (Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, and Spain).
October 1 for a spring exchange at one of the 7 locations abroad (Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, and Spain).
Questions?  Contact Florence Zamsky, Assistant Director for Off-Campus Study/Study Abroad & NSE Coordinator, at or (941) 487-4318.