NDSU to Participate in Student Exchange
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 17:09
NDSU is embarking on a new journey and is now participating in the National Student Exchange. With over 200 member schools across the United States, the NSE offers students a unique opportunity to broaden their experience, build relationships and make progress towards their undergraduate degree.
Still in its infancy at NDSU, the National Student Exchange was founded in 1968 and has given over 100,000 students the chance to experience other campuses. There are participating schools in 49 states, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Launched as a Student Government initiative and administered by the office of Student Life, selected students will have the ability to attend either one semester or a whole academic year at a participating school. No matter which university students choose to attend, they pay NDSU tuition, beginning in the fall of 2014.
Janna Stoskopf, Dean of Student Life at NDSU, suggests that the NSE is a great way for students to augment their course work in specialized areas.
“A great example of this can be seen in our Emergency Management Program,” she said. “A sociology major at another university might exchange here and gain a unique set of skills that they might not get at another institution.”
According to the National Student Exchange, it can be a great way for students to gather information about other institutions as part of continuing education, such as graduate school. It can also be a good way to bridge the gap between domestic and international exchanges, according to Stoskopf.
As students complete the exchange process, it is Stoskopf’s hope that they will return and share their experiences with others, leading to the rapid growth and development of the program.
“Student to student contact is what will make this program a success here at NDSU,” she said.
Student Life will be holding preliminary information sessions beginning in October, with the application process kicking off in January 2014. Applicants who complete the screening process will be matched with their schools beginning in March.
There is an application fee of $200.00, most of which goes back to NSE; the balance of the funds are used locally to administer the program.
Students can visit http://www.ndsu.edu/student_life/nse/ for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.