Application Process and Timeline
Applications [pdf] are now available. February 1 is the priority application deadline for Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. The REGULAR PROGRAM DEADLINE is February 27. If you have missed these deadlines and are still interested, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Selection as a part of the Outgoing USC NSE cohort exchange is based on eight criteria:
- completed application and eligibility
- interest essay
- academic department approval
- recommendations (2)
- personal interview
- unofficial transcript
- $250 non-refundable application fee
Academic Departmental Approval
A form in the application packet requires approval from your home academic department
(the academic advisor and the academic dean or whoever the dean designates). This
paperwork must be completed. Please note that the Special Enrollment Request Form (SERF) [pdf] does not need to be turned in until later.
The NSE application packet contains two forms to be filled out for recommendations
by an employer, a high school teacher or someone who supervised you in a volunteer
role. Recommendations by friends or family members will not be accepted.
Your resume helps SSC staff understand your community involvement, interests and work
history. You are strongly encouraged to work with the Career Center to create or update your resume.
Once your application is submitted, our staff will contact you to schedule an interview.
Outgoing USC students pay tuition and fees to USC, but pay room and meals at the host campus, along with any other special academic fees or general services not covered under the host school tuition and fees.
Since you will be paying tuition to USC, the financial aid and scholarships you receive at USC may still apply.
A one-time, non-refundable application and processing fee of $250 is due to the University of South Carolina with your application.
Some institutions will assess a NSE program fee while some institutions require an application fee given to the host university. Make sure you know what additional fees are required when you are researching schools. You can find this information on a school's profile page or on the NSE website.
If you are considering exchange, it is crucial that you think about what courses will
transfer back to USC and meet often with an academic advisor. Research course options
during the application process, as availability varies from institution to institution:
Speak with Your Advisor
Talk with your advisor about how NSE will fit into your degree program before submitting the application. After being accepted into an NSE school, you should speak with your advisor again to fill out a Special Enrollment Request Form (SERF) [pdf].
Be flexible about the courses you want to take. You can view availability in the NSE Directory and in the exchange institution's course catalog. For grades to transfer back to
USC, you must send your transcript from the exchange school to the USC Registrar.
Certain colleges and schools at USC have additional accreditation from associations in their academic area. If you are a student in one of these colleges or schools and would like to take major classes while on exchange, the school you are interested in must also have the same level of accreditation.
Please note that lists are subject to change and all accreditations should be verified by an academic advisor.
Approved School Accreditation
- Art and Design Accredited Institutions [pdf]
- Business Accounting Accredited Institutions [pdf]
- Business Advanced Accredited Institutions [pdf]
- Chemistry Accredited Institutions [pdf]
- Education Accredited Institutions [pdf]
- Engineering and Technology Accredited Institutions [pdf]
- Hospitality Accredited Institutions [pdf]
- Journalism and Mass Communication Accredited Institutions [pdf]
- Music Accredited Institutions [pdf]
- Nursing Accredited Institutions [pdf]
- Public Health Accredited Institutions [pdf]
- Physical Therapy Accredited Institutions [pdf]
- Social Work Accredited Institutions [pdf]
- Sustainability Accredited Institutions [pdf]
- Theater Accredited Institutions [pdf]
If you have completed the steps above and have approval through your academic department, you can have credits and grades transferred back to the University of South Carolina.
Students with disabilities should contact the NSE Office at the potential host school about what options and processes are in place to assist them with their needs.
Special Exchange Opportunities
The National Student Exchange offers a number of special exchange opportunities.
Explore the NSE website for more details
Spanish Immersion Experience
Improve your Spanish while you take in the area culture at a number of schools in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. No passport is required and the currency is the same. You will need approval from a Spanish instructor at USC and you may be required to take a language proficiency test.
A minimum of 4 semesters of college Spanish is suggested.
French Immersion Experience
If you want to advance your skills with the French language, consider studying in Quebec, Canada. You will need a valid U.S. passport and approval from a French instructor at USC. You may also be required to take a language proficiency test.
A minimum of 4 semesters of college French is suggested.
The honors courses that you take at other institutions will transfer back to the University
of South Carolina if you are enrolled in the honors program at USC. If you are interested
in honors exchanges, contact the SSC.
You need to be a RA/RM at USC for a year prior to going to another school. RA/RMs must complete an application process at the institution they wish to attend. RA/RM exchanges are not available at all institutions. Interested students interested should contact the SSC. The deadline for this program is usually in November, so plan early. The RA/RM exchange is not taking applications for 2018-2019. Please check back about this special opportunity in fall 2018 for the 2019-2020 exchange year.