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Student Success Center

Interested Students

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

Applications are still being accepted on a rolling basis for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. The current list of schools accepting for this time period can be found on the NSE website. Interested students should email to have the application emailed to them and to learn more about the process.

Selection as a part of the Outgoing UofSC NSE cohort exchange is based on eight criteria:

  • completed application and eligibility
  • interest essay
  • resume
  • academic department approval
  • recommendations (1)
  • 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) does not need to be turned in until later.


The NSE application packet contains one form to be filled out for recommendations by an employer, a high school teacher or someone who supervised you in a volunteer role. This can also be submitted as a letter or recommendation rather than this form. Letters can be sent as an attachment to

Recommendations by friends or family members will not be accepted.



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.

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. 

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