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Interested Students

The exchange program offers students a unique opportunity to experience other cultures and perspectives while pursuing their educational goals.

Selection to be part of the Outgoing UofSC cohort is underway!

Applications are still being accepted on a rolling basis for Spring 2021. The current list of schools accepting for this time period can be found on the NSE website.

Priority Applications for Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 will be due on February 5, 2021. The regular deadline is February 24, 2021.

To apply for the National Student Exchange program, UofSC students should:

  1. Schedule a NSE Consultation with the Student Success Center to learn about the process.
  2. Begin the NSE online application.

    In addition to biographical information and potential school requests, you will need to submit:

              – Essay responses
              – Upload an unofficial transcript
              – Upload a copy of your recent resume

    You can save and come back to edit this application web form after you start the process.

  3. Complete the NSE release and waiver.
  4. Submit a Letter of Recommendation.
  5. Complete the College Approval Form [pdf].

    The College Approval Form must be signed by both the academic advisor and the College Dean (or whomever they designate). Once signed, scan it and upload it to the application.
  6. Email to set up an official interview, application review, and determine next steps.
  7. Pay the nonrefundable $250 NSE application fee online.

    It is recommended that students wait to pay the nonrefundable application fee until they have completed the NSE interview (step 6).


Academic Departmental Approval

The NSE College Approval Form is required for application completion. The College Approval Form must be completed by your home academic unit and requires signatures from your academic advisor and your academic dean (or whoever the dean designates). You should fill out the top part of the form and then email it or print and drop off to your academic advisor. Ask your academic advisor who should sign for the dean, it differs by academic unit. Once the form is complete and both signatures are obtained, please scan and upload the document to your online NSE application. Please note that the Special Enrollment Request Form (SERF) does not need to be turned in until later.


The NSE application requires one official recommendation on behalf of the student applying for exchange. Students may ask for a recommendation from a UofSC faculty or staff member, a current or recent employer, a high school teacher/guidance counselor or someone who supervised the student in a volunteer role. This can also be submitted as an attached letter of recommendation. Recommendations by friends or family members will not be accepted. Questions can be directed to  

The person giving the recommendation can submit the Recommendation Letter online. 


Your resume helps Student Success Center 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.

Personal Interview and Application Fee

Once your application is submitted, our staff will contact you to schedule an interview and provide a link to pay the $250 NONREFUNDABLE application fee.

Outgoing UofSC students pay tuition and fees to UofSC, 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. This is referred to as HOME payment on the NSE website, it may also be called Plan B on the website. Please note UofSC students are NOT allowed to participate in HOST payment (Plan A).

Since you will be paying tuition to UofSC, the financial aid and scholarships you receive at UofSC may still apply. Students are encouraged to talk to the UofSC financial aid office to ensure that their personal financial aid package will work with the NSE program.

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 UofSC 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).

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 UofSC, you must send your transcript from the exchange school to the UofSC Registrar.

Check Accreditation

Certain colleges and schools at UofSC 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. If you are interested in receiving an approved school accreditation list, please contact us at 


Grades Transfer 

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.

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 UofSC 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 UofSC. You may also be required to take a language proficiency test.

A minimum of 4 semesters of college French is suggested.

Honors Exchange

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 UofSC. If you are interested in honors exchanges, contact the Student Success Center.

RA/RM Exchanges

You need to be a RA/RM at UofSC 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 Student Success Center. The deadline for this program is usually in November, so plan early. 

Info Sessions!

Want to learn more about how NSE works? Join in for an online information session! 

RSVP online to get the meeting link!

Can't make an info session? Make an appointment for a NSE Consultation with the Student Success Center!


Fall 2020 NSE Info Session Dates


(NSE info sessions in September count as SophoMORE September events)

@ 5 p.m.
9/9 @ 4 p.m.
9/10 @ 12 p.m.
9/14 @ 11 a.m.
9/18 @ 2 p.m.
9/22 @ 4 p.m.
9/24 @ 1 p.m.
9/28 @ 3:30 p.m.


10/5 @ 4 p.m.
10/7 @ 11 a.m.
10/22 @ 1 p.m.
10/29 @ 5:30 p.m.


11/9 @ 2 p.m.

November 13 is the final deadline for spring NSE placement.

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