National Student Exchange

nseThe National Student Exchange (NSE), founded in 1968, was established to help students who could not take advantage of studying abroad by providing them the opportunity to learn about new people and new places through study in another part of the United States. Using NSE, students could exchange to state-supported NSE member campuses in other states without having to pay the high cost for out-of-state tuition fees. NSE has retained that basic idea during its development as it has grown to 177 member campuses placing nearly 4500 students for exchange annually. NSE offers study opportunities at diverse university settings and provides access to a wide array of courses and programs.

Through NSE, CSUEB students can study at other universities throughout the United States, Canada, and in Puerto Rico.

Are you visiting Cal State East Bay as an NSE student? View our NSE Visitors Welcome Page. Outgoing CSUEB Students, select a link below for more information:


  • Full-time enrollment at the home campus prior to exchange.
  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA or better.
  • Good standing (academic, personal, and financial).

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Length of Exchange

  • Single term or academic year, depending on host campus openings and your preference.
    • Note: Most universities are on a semester system. Therefore, participating in a Spring semester exchange means being away from Hayward for the Winter and Spring quarters.
    • 1 semester unit = 1.5 quarter units. Conversely, 1 quarter unit = 2/3 semester unit
  • Some campuses can accommodate summer exchange
  • Exchange participation may not exceed one calendar year

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The cost of the program depends on the tuition fee payment plan your host institution accepts and/or the payment plan you choose. Information on what payment plan host institutions accept is available in the NSE Directory (available at the Center for International Education, SF 102).

  • Plan A: Student pays host institution's in-state tuition fees (and applies for financial aid to the host institution).
  • Plan B: Student pays Cal State East Bay tuition fees (and applies for financial aid at Cal State East Bay)

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Financial Aid

Financial aid for eligible students is applied for, awarded by, and disbursed from the campus at which the tuition fees are paid. Students thinking of Plan A should list the host institutions on their FAFSA.

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The Next Step - Doing Your Research

  • Come to the Center for International Education (SF 102) to look through the NSE Directory.
  • Go to (link opens in new window).
  • Make an appointment with the NSE Coordinator.
  • Discuss your plans with your academic advisors (major, minor, and G.E.).
  • Discuss your plans with your Financial Aid Counselor.

Things to consider when researching schools:

  • Does the school have courses you may need to take to fulfill your major, minor, or GE requirements?
  • Does the school allow you to take those courses (are they closed to exchange students or have only limited spaces?)
  • Does the school's payment options and fees match your needs?
  • Is the school's exchange program popular (ie, universities in Hawaii, U Mass Amherst, etc.), does it have only limited openings? If so, do you have a second or third choice?
  • If you have a second or third choice, are you prepared to attend the school if you are not placed there?
  • Look at the type of exchange offered by each school. This will help to determine the probability of acceptance to a host school.

1 to 1 status (A/B) If the HOST school (where you want to go) has a student who wants to come to Hayward, that school will accept you. EVEN status (A/B) The HOST will take the same number of students as it is sends. UNEVEN status (A/B) HOST will accept a few more students than being sent out. OPEN status (A/B) The HOST will take all eligible applicants.

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Application Procedure

You may print an application from the Internet or pick one up at the Center for International Education.

PRIORITY Deadline: Feb. 22 - some locations may still accept applications after Feb. 22. Download an application here (PDF, 90k, link opens in new window)

Application Instructions:

  1. Prior to completing this application, please read:
    • NSE Brochure
    • NSE eligibility requirements, policies, and procedures (pages 6 - 12 of the NSE Directory)
  2. There is an application fee of $125.00 (for the 2013-14 academic year) required with each application. Please remember to include a nonrefundable Application Fee, made payable to CSU East Bay.
  3. Payment
    • Plans Plan A: Student pays the host institution's in-state tuition fees.
    • Plan B: Student pays CSU East Bay's tuition fees.
    • Some universities only have one payment plan while others allow students to choose. Note that for either payment plan, room and board and any fees which are assessed as a condition of enrollment (i.e. fees for laboratory courses, general service, computer, art supplies, etc.) are always paid to the host campus.
  4. A complete NSE application includes:
    • Application
    • Unofficial transcript
    • Two Recommendations (Sealed or sent separately)
    • Statement of Purpose Essay
    • Language Proficiency Report (If applicable)
    • Application Fee of $125.00
  5. Return this form by Feb.21 to:
    Kelly Moran
    Center for International Education (SF 102)
    California State University, East Bay
    25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
    Hayward, CA 94542

For questions, call (510) 885-2903 or email

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Placements are made by NSE Coordinators at a national NSE conference 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.

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After Placement (Placement Orientation)

After the conference, your NSE Coordinator will let you know at which host institution you have been placed. There will be a mandatory Placement Orientation held at the end of Winter Quarter. Applicants then confirm their placements by signing the Placement Acceptance Form, which is sent to the host institution. Upon receipt of the form, the host NSE Coordinator will forward enrollment materials which usually include an institution admissions form, a housing application, and registration information which must be completed and returned by stated deadlines. At the end of the term preceding exchange, you must have maintained all eligibility requirements applicable at the time of application. You must also complete a written advising agreement governing work to be completed at your host campus.

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During the Exchange

NSE students are required to be enrolled full-time at the host-institution. Host institutions confirm with home institutions that students are enrolled full-time.

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After the Exchange

Did you enjoy your NSE Experience? Volunteer some time and share your experience with other students! Contact your NSE Coordinator!

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