National Student Exchange:
The Application and Placement Process
The Application Process:
When you are ready to apply:
Complete the editable PDF, print the application form (along with your essays and an unofficial transcript) and bring them with you to a meeting with an NSE advisor. Call the front desk at 612-626-2044 and ask to set up an appointment with the NSE advisor when you're ready to apply.
The NSE Timeline:
Application Review and Placement Process:
NSE Selection Committee: Applications are reviewed and ranked by the NSE Selection Committee. This committee ensures that applicants meet the eligibility requirements. It also ranks applications of students that are applying to go to the same school. (Rankings only apply to a student's first-choice campus). Rankings are based upon a variety of factors, including:
NSE Placement Conference: Approved applications are taken to the annual NSE Placement Conference in early March of each year. This is where the actual exchanges are negotiated by the NSE coordinators from all participating NSE schools. The placement process is very interesting: On the application form, students are asked to list 3 to 4 schools (in preferred order) they're interested in attending. Applications are presented (in ranked order) to each NSE school, which then make acceptance/rejection decisions.
Placement decisions are made according to the openness of the respective tuition payment plans of the host institutions (as indicated in the black box next to every school in the NSE Directory).
Except for those campuses which can accept all eligible applicants ("open" schools), NSE coordinators vary in the ways in which they accept students to achieve balances with their outgoing NSE student population. There are no guarantees of acceptance, and if accepted, you will be accepted by only one institution. If your first choice campus is not able to accept you, your placement request will then be considered by the institution of your second choice and then by your third, and so on. If none of your campus choices can accept you, you can work with your home NSE coordinator to explore a post-conference placement.
After the Placement Conference: Accepted applicants will be notified of their official NSE placement in late March. After you are accepted and placed, you will be required to immediately sign a Placement Acceptance Form. After you have confirmed your placement, you will hear from your host school to begin the required steps to prepare for your exchange (e.g., admissions forms, housing, registration, etc). Please note that procedures, forms, and timelines may differ from those at the U of M. There will also be a required NSE orientation for all outbound U of M students in late April.