Study Abroad & Exchange

Outgoing: Basics

What is NSE?

The National Student Exchange (NSE) consortium of four-year colleges and universities founded in 1968 is committed to providing educational opportunities to its students while supplementing academic resources of its members.

With a membership of nearly 200 institutions, NSE has served over 90,000 students during its 40 years of operation. It is your turn to experience life from a different point of view! Where do you want to study next year? Choose your destination from 49 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands. This is your opportunity to learn more about yourself as you experience the cultural mosaic of the United States.

NSE Eligibility

Students are considered eligible if the following applies to them.

  • Successfully completed at least one semester at CSU, Chico
  • At least 30 units completed before the exchange begins.
  • At least a 2.5 cumulative GPA is required for the exchange.

Students are still able to apply if the following applies to them.

  • PEL (Planned Educational Leave) students may apply.
  • Second baccalaureate candidates are eligible to apply.

Students are considered ineligible if the following applies to them.

  • Currently enrolled at CSU, Chico as a Graduate Student.
  • Currently on probation at CSU, Chico.

Exchange Plans, Options, and Terminology

Exchange Plan A (Host Pay): CSU, Chico student pays fees/tuition directly to Host Institution. *You do not pay non-resident fees.

Exchange Plan B (Home Pay): CSU, Chico student pays registration (tuition/fees) as posted at Registration Fees.

Placement Probability: The NSE website(opens in new window) is able to indicate the probability of acceptance to schools based on each type of Plan.

Why do students go on the Exchange?

Each year, nearly three thousand students participate in NSE for a wide variety of reasons.  Consider taking advantage of this incredible venture at one of nearly 200 NSE member schools.

Application & Getting Started

Interested in applying to NSE?  Get started by following these steps. There will be general information meetings throughout the semester. A non-refundable fee of $200 is due at the time of application.

Ranking and Selection

Your application will be reviewed by a committee that will rank all applications for placement. Your statement of purpose, faculty recommendation, grades, and interview will be part of the ranking process. Placement will depend on the availability of space at the Host institution which makes the decision to acceptance of students and the Plan they have been accepted under.

Placements - When will I know if I am accepted?

Announcements will be made following the NSE coordinators' meeting which is held in mid to late March.

Financial Aid

Qualified students may receive aid from CSU, Chico (Plan B), or from the Host School on Plan A. FAFSA applications(opens in new window) must be completed in order to receive any sort of aid. Contact the Financial Aid Office in SSC 250 for an appointment. You may call 530-898-6451.

NSE Contact

Coordinator: Kenya Chavez,(opens in new window)
Telephone: +1-530-898-5415
Student Service Center 440

NSE Info Sessions

Schedule an appointment(opens in new window) with the NSE Coordinator for advising and to schedule your application workshop!

Learn about: NSE