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National Student Exchange
The National Student Exchange (NSE) provides students with affordable and practical opportunities to experience new and diverse settings in which to study and live. For many students, exchange within the United States and Canada can be just as exhilarating and culturally enriching as international study and one of the most significant experiences of a student's undergraduate education. NSE students access new academic options, immerse themselves in a different environment, search for graduate schools or future employment, acquire life skills, experience life from a different point of view, and expand their personal and educational perspectives.
NSE includes nearly 200 colleges and universities and has provided exchange opportunities to more than 90,000 students since its founding in 1968.
Students participate in NSE to:
More information can be found here.
Listed below are the minimal requirements for NSE participation. All of these requirements are applicable at the time of application and at the completion of the term prior to your exchange.
- full-time enrollment at your home campus
- minimum home campus cumulative gpa of 2.5 (4.0 scale)
- good academic standing as defined by your home institution
- no incomplete grades from previous terms
- no current or pending probationary status due to academic dishonesty or misconduct
- no outstanding financial obligations to your home institution
- no current or pending probationary or disciplinary action for violation of codes of student conduct
- must not be on probation, parole, or have any pending legal judgments
Your home campus NSE coordinator will make the final determination regarding your eligibility as well as select those applicants who will participate from your campus. Therefore, you must also meet any requirements or qualifications which may be imposed by your home campus. Also, consult the Campus Profiles for campus-specific exchange limitations and restrictions which apply to incoming exchange students at the universities you are considering for exchange.
COURSE AVAILABILITYEven though a program or major is listed as offered by a member university, it does not mean that all courses are offered every term or every year. Course enrollment is based on offerings and availability and cannot be guaranteed. You must meet all course pre-requisites as required by your host campus. A flexible academic program is a must. If you are dependent upon a specific course or courses in order to maintain academic progress, you are advised to remain at your home campus.
GRADES AND CREDITS
Your home campus determines the manner in which host campus grades are recorded and courses distributed. Consult with your home campus NSE coordinator and academic advisor for details of the policy for your campus. Prior to exchange you must develop a written advising agreement with the assistance of your academic advisor and your home NSE coordinator in order to identify how courses satisfactorily completed at your host university will be applied to your home campus degree program.
Academic Credit for Coursework
Credits earned on SMCM programs will count toward your degree at St. Mary's, often fulfilling Core Curriculum, major requirements, or elective credit. Each course is evaluated for its equivalency at St. Mary's.
To transfer credits to St. Mary's, SMCM students complete the pre-approval of transfer credit form and return it to the Office of International Education. The IE Office will work with the Registrar and department chairs to determine equivalencies for individual courses taught abroad. As stated in the catalog, the College may refuse to grant credit for study-abroad courses taken by the student that have not been pre-approved.
LENGTH OF EXCHANGEYour eligible time for exchange may include exchange to more than one NSE campus, may cross two or more calendar years, or may involve exchange from more than one home institution. No matter the mix of home campuses, host campuses or time away, you may only participate in the exchange for a cumulative total of time not to exceed one calendar year, defined as an academic year and a summer session. Not all campuses, however, can accommodate summer exchange.
ON-CAMPUS HOUSINGMost NSE members have on-campus housing, but availability to NSE students is not guaranteed. Some NSE members may require or strongly encourage students to reside in on-campus facilities. Other campuses have no on-campus housing. If you live off campus, you do so at your own discretion and risk.
Students who would like to apply financial aid to a study-abroad program must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by February 15 of each calendar year. Please contact the St. Mary's Office of Financial Aid (240 895-3000) for more information about this application.
Scholarships are available for study abroad. The Office of International Education offers a web resource page for scholarships; don't limit your research to this resource. Any undergraduate scholarship may be applied toward credit-bearing study-abroad programs since participation in these programs earns credit towards degrees. SMCM Study Abroad Scholarship Awards range from approximately $250-$1000.Payments and Services
Students who choose to study abroad with a St. Mary's Semester Abroad program will be billed by the Business Office as part of the normal billing cycle. Your bill is available through the Portal. You will make payments for tuition and mandatory fee directly to St. Mary's College of Maryland in the same way that you would if you were staying on campus. Program-specific fees and payments vary across program offerings; you need to consult the program-specific payment and service information for these payment details.
Judicial and Academic Checks
Please note current and/or previous academic or disciplinary sanctions make affect your ability to go abroad.
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