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National Student Exchange

The 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:


  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better (at time of application and at end of term prior to exchange)
  • Good standing (academic, personal, and financial)

See further details on NSE website.

  • Single term or academic year, depending on host campus openings and your preference.
  • Some campuses can accommodate summer exchange
  • Exchange participation may not exceed one calendar year

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)

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.

  • Come to the Center for International Education (SF 102) to look through the NSE Directory.
  • Go to NSE (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.

PRIORITY Deadline: Feb. 25 - some locations may still accept applications after deadline.

To access online application https://nse.org

In addition to the online application, please submit the NSE Supplemental Form by the Feb.25 deadline.

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.

After the conference, your NSE Coordinator will let you know which host institution you have been placed. There will be a mandatory Placement Orientation held at the end of Spring Semester. 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.

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.

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

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