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Binghamton Students Interested In Exchanging To Another School

Below are the steps required for participation in NSE. If at any time you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the coordinator, Birgit Nicolaisen.

  1. Come to the office and pick up an application and NSE Directory. This booklet has a great deal of information about the participating schools, payment plans, cost, policies, population and enrollment figures, ethnic diversity of schools and much more. Please read through this book carefully. Also go to the national NSE website for more information on general exchange policies.
  2. Once you have looked through the directory, make an appointment with the Coordinator, Birgit Nicolaisen, to discuss any questions or concerns you might have. She will go over the application process with you and discuss your choices for exchange. For many schools there is the option of paying through Plan A (the host school's in-state tuition and fees) or Plan B (Binghamton's tuition and fees). There are some restrictions regarding chance of placement at your host school and how any financial aid you receive at BU may or may not transfer to the host school. Please make sure you investigate your choice of payment plan thoroughly before making any decisions.
  3. Complete the application, essay, and pay the application fee. The placement conference, where most placements are made, is in early March. For the best chance to get your first choice of exchange, please submit your application packet by February 15th. Applications will still be accepted after that date, but placement may be delayed and school selection may be more limited.
  4. After the placement conference, the Binghamton coordinator will contact you to let you know the results of your request. If you were accepted by a school, you must come to the NSE office and complete a placement acceptance form. If you decide to decline the placement, you must still complete the form and indicate your reason for declining. If you apply after the February deadline, the Binghamton coordinator will need to check on a case by case basis to see if there are any spaces available.
  5. After the host coordinator has received your placement acceptance form, they will send you more information on housing, course registration, etc.
  6. Make an appointment with the appropriate academic advising office to discuss your course choices. Pleaes be prepared to be flexible with course selection. Classes taken at your host school will be considered as transfer credit upon your return to Binghamton. In order to avoid any surprises, we strongly recommend that you get approval from your academic advising office here at BU for courses you plan to take at your host school. Every school registers their incoming NSE students differently for classes and housing. Once placement has been made and you have officially accepted your placement, the host school coordinator will contact you with more information. You can find each school's website through the national NSE website.
  7. If you will be applying for financial aid at your host school, you must ensure that both the Binghamton code and the host school code appear on your FAFSA form. The codes are listed in the NSE directory. If you have already filed a FAFSA form without the host school code, you must submit a revised form. If the host school is not listed on your FAFSA form they cannot access your financial information. If you will be applying for financial aid through Binghamton, please get in touch with the financial aid office to work out any necessary details.
  8. When you arrive at your host school, please contact the host NSE coordinator there AND the Binghamton NSE coordinator with your host campus address and phone number (by e-mail is fine for me). At some point during the semester, please send a postcard of the host school or local scenery to the Binghamton NSE office for display purposes.
  9. During your time away, please let the Binghamton NSE office know if your e-mail address changes. We keep in contact with outgoing students by e-mail because it is much quicker and more efficient than regular (snail) mail.
  10. Remember to send an official transcript from your host school to the appropriate academic advising office (Harpur, SOM, Watson, DSON, or CCPA) at Binghamton.
  11. If you are returning to Binghamton after your exchange, you will advance register for courses during early registration as usual. If you have trouble accessing the registration system, please contact me and I will help you out. You will need to give me a specific schedule of classes with courses numbers, sections, labs, etc. so I have all the details I need to assist you in the registration process.
  12. Have a marvelous time!


The above is a general list of steps to take to ensure a successful exchange. There is also a detailed checklist at the back of the NSE directory or at the national NSE website. Each exchange has its own unique aspects. Please stay in close contact with the NSE coordinator at Binghamton and do not leave any questions you might have unanswered.

The National Student Exchange is a wonderful opportunity for you. Our goal is to make it as simple, pleasant, and successful as we can.

Last Updated: 11/23/15