National Student Exchange


IMPORTANT: To learn more about the NSE program, sign up online to attend an information session at the International and Exchange Student Center (IESC). The information sessions last for one hour and are held in the lobby of the International & Exchange Student Center, unless otherwise informed.

The National Student Exchange (NSE) provides opportunities for undergraduates to study for up to one calendar year at another NSE member college or university in the U.S. and its territories, including Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and some schools in Canada.  With nearly 190 colleges and universities to choose from, you should be able to find a campus with just the right combination of courses, facilities and environment to meet your personal and academic needs and interests. 

If you're an incoming NSE student who has been accepted to study at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), visit the Incoming NSE Students page.


You must be a full-time student at your home campus at both the time of application and in the term prior to exchange. You are also expected to remain a full-time student while on exchange. To participate, you may be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. 

The National Student Exchange Program offers students who have a minimum GPA of 2.5 the opportunity to study at one of 190 schools in the United States for one or two semesters. Applications from eligible freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors are due by the dates below. If you are interesting in applying for the NSE program, visit the Apply page for further information.

The priority closing date is Feb. 9, 2015. It is strongly advised that you submit your application by the priority deadline. The final closing date is Feb. 27, 2015.

Credit Towards Degree

You will receive 12 units per semester of transfer credit towards your CSUN degree.

Where to Study

To find out more about the program, please visit the National Student Exchange National website and select the Students tab. You can then select a state and research the NSE schools offered in that state.  If you need to find out which schools offer your major, go to the Find Campuses with your Major button and select your major from the drop-down menu. You may select up to five colleges to put on your application form.

Length of Stay

Students may participate in the exchange for a period not to exceed one academic year. The exchange may take place for one semester or one academic year.


Q. I'm interested in the National Student Exchange (NSE) program. What should I do to learn more?

A: If you have a GPA of 2.5 or above, please contact the NSE advisor Juliet Aylmer via email - (remember to include your cell phone, so she can call you to make an appointment). Please note NSE program is offered to students who have a minimum GPA of 2.5.  The priority closing date is Feb. 9, 2015. It is strongly advised that you submit your application by the priority deadline. The final closing date is Feb. 27, 2015.


Q: What is the National Student Exchange program?

A: The NSE program offers more than 190 different schools within the United States, its territories and Canada.


Q: Can I study at another school in the U.S. for more than one semester?

A: Yes, students can apply for either one semester or a full academic year.


Q: Is there a minimum GPA requirement?

A: Yes, the minimum requirement for the NSE program is GPA of 2.5.


Q: Is this competitive a program?

A: Generally speaking, no.


Q: How do I apply to the National Student Exchange program?

A: Come by the IESC and speak with Juliet Aylmer. She will give you a paper application and answer any questions you may have. You will need one letter of recommendation from a faculty member, your unofficial transcript from CSUN, the NSE application fee and the completed paper application.


Q: Can I go on the NSE program with a friend who is also at CSUN?

A: Yes, you will apply as Linked Students. Your applications will be processed together for either your first choice college only or all the colleges on your list.


Q: How much will it cost?

A: Depending on which school you apply to, you can usually choose whether you pay CSUN fees, or the host institution's tuition fees. Transportation, room and board, and personal expenses will be your responsibility.


Q: Will I still receive financial aid while on exchange?

A: If you are eligible, you will continue to receive financial aid either from CSUN or your host school. If you are placed on Plan B, you will continue to receive financial aid from CSUN. If you are placed on Plan A, you will receive financial aid from your host school. If you are applying on Plan A, you must enter the FAFSA codes on your host school choices on your FAFSA application.


Q: Can I participate in these programs as a graduate student?

A: No, our programs are specifically for undergraduate students.


Q: Will the classes I take while on exchange count toward my degree?

A: Yes, you will receive transfer credit while on exchange in the NSE program.


Q: Can I be a part-time student on exchange?

A: No, all NSE students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units per semester.


Q: How much does it cost to apply?

A: There is currently a nonrefundable application fee of $150. However, students can list up to five college choices on their application form.