National Student Exchange

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Outgoing NSE Approval Form

Exchange to another NSE college for up to a year on  in-state tuition. Conditions apply. Please email Matthew Lahm at for details or to make an appointment.


Return applications to Vodra Hall, Room 101

National Student Exchange (NSE) is a network of over 180 colleges and universities, mostly public, which allows students to supplement their curriculum and life experiences across the United States and at certain institutions in Canada. Experiencing different settings and living in different geographical regions, students can investigate a potential graduate school, broaden their personal horizons and expand their curricular options. Partner schools are located throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and in some Canadian provinces. Schools in Puerto Rico provide instruction in Spanish and certain schools in Canada provide instruction in French, allowing foreign language majors opportunities to enhance their skills.

By participating in a study away program through NSE, New Jersey City University students can explore different regions of the United States and Canada.

You will:

  • Broaden your personal and educational perspectives
  • Experience new cultures without leaving North America
  • Explore new areas of study and courses
  • Experience life in a different region of the United States or in Canada
  • Acquire life skills that will enrich you personally and professionally
  • Become more independent and resourceful
  • Explore future employment options

NSE programs in the United States allow students to study “abroad” without a passport and without traveling overseas. Students return home from an exchange program with a fresh outlook on their education and better able to define academic and career objectives.

  • December 15 - Students who apply by this deadline will receive priority placement consideration to their first second, and third choices for the following Fall, Academic Year, and next Spring.
  • February 24  – All exchange applications must be submitted by this date to be considered for conference placement.  
  • 2.5 GPA*
  • Full-time degree-seeking NJCU student 
  • No current action on your disciplinary record
  • No incomplete grades from prior terms
  • No pending legal judgments
  • No outstanding financial obligations to NJCU
  • All students must pay a non-refundable $150 application fee in order to submit their applications for review.
  • NJCU students participating in NSE programs will pay New Jersey City University for flat rate tuition.
  • Students participating in NSE programs are able to keep all applicable federal financial aid except Federal Work Study. New Jersey State aid cannot be used for an NSE program.
  • Financial Aid will be credited to your NJCU student account.
  • Make sure you check the NSE website for additional scholarship eligibility.

Students who participate in a program in Canada through NSE may be required to obtain a visa to enter and study there.  It is very important that you understand the visa requirements for your specific program. Therefore, you are advised to take the following steps as you apply for and make arrangements to participate in your study abroad program:

  • Check with your NSE host institution to get detailed instructions regarding requirements.
  • If a visa is required, gather all requested documents, materials and information.
  • Request any necessary letters or documents from the Office of International Engagement and your host institution.
  • Make an appointment for an interview at the Consulate as soon as possible (if required)

Do Not Wait! Please begin exploring visa/resident permit requirements as soon as you know where you are going.

This is a time of personal growth and maturity, particularly for students who have not traveled extensively. Students frequently return from exchange with more self-confidence and independence, greater decision-making skills, better able to take risks, and with a better defined view of their future.

Contact Us

Matthew Lahm, NSE Coordinator
Vodra 101
Phone: 201-200-3571 | Fax: 201-200-3229

For more information including student testimonials and a full list of participating schools, please visit

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