Have you dreamed about spending a semester or academic year in an exotic location? Would you like to get up every morning and experience the mountains of Montana, the deserts of New Mexico, or the beaches of Florida? If so, you should think about becoming involved with the National Student Exchange (NSE), a program at IUP for undergraduate exchange within the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and Canada.
NSE students study for a semester or full academic year at another NSE college/university in order to take advantage of courses not offered at IUP. The experience allows students to continue their studies while living in a different geographical region and broadening their personal, educational, and cultural perspectives.
For inquiries about the National Exchange Program, please contact Jan Shellenbarger, NSE Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our office in Pratt Hall, Room 302 to schedule an appointment.
Jazmyn Mason, a sophomore in the IUP College of Natural
Sciences and Math, attended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for an academic year.
"Being a part of the National Student Exchange was the best
decision ever! I had the pleasure of attending the University of
Colorado, Colorado Springs. It was all thanks to Jan Shellenbarger. She
was with me every step of the way. I was in her office talking about the
process, and how nervous I was to leave my home school all the time! She was so
helpful, and comforting, I really can't imagine I would have applied for the
program without her support. I'm glad Jan was always available to meet or by
phone to answer any of my questions. I met so many awesome people. Some of
which are now life-long friends for sure! It was great to see a new
school, but also a new state. The school offered so many outdoor
activities, we even got money on our account FOR FREE, just for being in
the NSE program for such activities. Leaving was the hardest part, but I
will always be grateful for this unique opportunity.
Courtney Roszak, a junior Journalism student, came to IUP for Fall 2015 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
"Being a part of National Student Exchange is
a terrifying, yet exciting experience and journey. This fall semester I have
had the privilege to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and I can
honestly say that this was the best choice of my college career. Throughout my
semester at IUP I have been able to take new and exciting classes that are not
offered at my school in Wisconsin. I have met numerous people who I will
forever hold memories with and whom I know will be lifelong friends. Jan
Shellenbarger has been a huge help in my semester on exchange, as a coordinator
she has gone above and beyond making sure I am comfortable and happy here.
Being in the NSE program been an amazing opportunity for me, and I know when
December rolls around, leaving IUP is going to be difficult."
Remember to review the information below, including the Frequently Asked Questions and the National Student Exchange website, before printing the application. Once you have reviewed the material and know this is the program for you, please contact Jan Shellenbarger at 724-357-2235 to schedule an appointment.
(or “Almost everything you need to know about the National Student Exchange before filling out the application and submitting a registration fee!”)
All 50 United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands and Canada
$300 (Paid through Marketplace) due at time of application
The fee is due when the registration form is submitted.
You would pay tuition to your host school.
You pay tuition to IUP as you would normally do.
As long as you meet the IUP requirements (see below), you would be accepted automatically to any Open school you wish to attend.
1:1 - the host campus accepts students first from those campuses where it intends to place its own students. For example, Northern Arizona University accepts students on Plan B (paying tuition directly to IUP) only on a 1:1 placement, meaning if we take one of their students on exchange, they'll take an IUP student.
Even - the host campus accepts no more than the number of students it intends to send on exchange.
Uneven - the host campus accepts a few more students than it intends to send on exchange.
You must have a 2.5 GPA or higher and be in good standing with IUP, i.e., no financial obligations such as fines or holds on your record, no judicial proceedings against you.
Yes, your credits, if approved through Transfer Admissions, transfer back to IUP, but your GPA remains the same.
If this sounds like the type of program you think you would enjoy, please contact Jan Shellenbarger at email@example.com or 724-357-2235.
To be eligible to participate in an exchange, you must (at the time of the exchange) be at least sophomore standing, have a GPA of 2.5 or above, and be in good standing with the university (current on financial obligations, no outstanding judicial proceedings, etc.). For more information, please visit the National Student Exchange website.
Marketplace: This page allows you to pay your NSE application fee online. Payment is not due until you have received placement.
NSE Participating Universities 2015-2016 (pdf)
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