2014-2015 Exchange Information
Please read the information
below, which pertains specifically to UH Manoa students
interested in going on exchange. In addition, the
2014-2015 NSE Directories are available for pick up outside
our office at Phys Sci Room #205.
The website www.nse.org
should be consulted for updated cost and major availability.
The National Student Exchange Program offers students the
opportunity to study on the mainland for one or two
semesters (most exchanges begin fall term), paying either UHM
tuition or resident tuition at the host campus. Over 175 institutions
participate in the student exchange program. The program does not
include private universities.
Through new social,
cultural and educational experiences, the mainland experience
promotes growth in maturity, independence and self-confidence, as
well as new perspectives of self, family and the world outside of
Hawai’i. Students who have participated in the program are
enthusiastic about their experience and recommend the program to
undergraduate student enrolled full-time student
A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or
higher (only grades earned at UHM will be considered) This
GPA must be maintained at the end of the semester preceding
exchange, or exchange
placement will be canceled. MOST placements are made
in March of the following fall or academic year, and
majority of the schools are available then. A few
schools are available for fall placement during April and
May; even fewer available for spring only placements
beginning in January (See the posting of school
availability on the bulletin board outside of the NSE office
from mid-March to May for fall, and from August to November
Carrying 12 credits or
more the semester preceding exchange, and having completed at least
24 credits by the time the exchange occurs.
are eligible; however, it may be difficult to get remaining
graduation requirements because of limited course availability
at some schools. Seniors should check with their
respective academic departments regarding graduation
requirements before applying for exchange.
fee of $200 payable online (The NSE coordinator will email you regarding
when to pay it).
Tuition: Pay host institution’s resident tuition and
Tuition: Pay UH Manoa tuition and fees (according to resdiency).
Be sure to
note on pp. 5-9 in the NSE Student Guide whether a school is
open, even or uneven on Plan A or B. Only those listed
as "open" will accept all students who want to
Room and board for one
semester averages $4,000-$5,000 depending on host school. Some
cost more, some less.
Airfare to host
Estimated total costs:
Averages $8,000-$10,000 per semester, depending on Plan and
location of exchange (less for mid-West or California schools).
go on Plan A and receive financial aid from their host
schools (most other NSE schools have less expensive tuition than
UHM). Financial aid and use of UHM scholarships is also available
for Plan B. Even if you have never received financial aid
before, you may be eligible. It is important to process
applications early (FAFSA by February 12), listing all schools
you might exchange to.
LENGTH OF EXCHANGE
UHM participants may
exchange for fall semester or for a FULL academic year. A
limited number of schools are available for exchanges beginning
in January (see the bulletin board outside of Phys Sci 206 from August through
November). The deadline to apply for spring
The National Student
Exchange does not assist with travel plans. Students must
make their own arrangements.
To avoid getting behind in your degree plan, you
will need to develop a list of courses you plan to take during
your exchange (it is important to include a number of
alternatives, in case your first choices are not available).
You can get a preliminary idea of mainland school courses which
will transfer back to UHM by checking the website:
This site shows equivalents of courses students
have previously transferred back to UHM. UHM advisors can
determine which other host institution courses are equivalent to
your UHM requirements. No transfer courses can be used for the
UHM WI requirement
There are no guarantees for getting specific
courses on exchange.
Although most schools register NSE students with or ahead of
their own continuing students, NSE status is unclassified. Be
sure to note closed or limited majors for NSE at each school on
the NSE website. If you are a business major, be sure you
choose a school with appropriate accreditation
**For some majors, you
need to declare and be accepted by the appropriate
department/college before going on exchange in order to access
courses in that field at the host school.
GRADES AND CREDITS
During your exchange, you
must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. The grades earned
at your host institution will not affect your UHM cumulative GPA,
which is calculated only on grades earned at UHM.
TRANSFERRING TO HOST
SCHOOL AND RESIDENCY
Most students return to
UHM after their exchange. However, if you decide to
transfer, your year on exchange is not applicable toward
meeting residency requirements. Please notify the UHM NSE
office of your intention to transfer. Be careful not to
register to vote in your NSE state if you are not going to
transfer; if you do, you lose Hawaii residency.
The NSE Student Guide is available
at Physical Science 206 on the rack outside the office
the printed materials carefully, and refer to the detailed
information in the National Student Exchange Guide, as well
as that on the
website. Page 10 of the NSE Student Guide directs you to
Web resources at www.nse.org. Pages 11-15 on “Eligibility"
and "Academic Considerations" and "Financial Matters" and
contain very important information for planning your exchange.
Other helpful sections of the Directory are described below.
If, after studying these sources, you still have questions,
Each year 60
to 100 UHM students participate in the National Student Exchange
program (NSE), spending one or two semesters at one of 175+
participating state universities on the mainland and in Canada.
To participate, you must be enrolled full-time and have a
cumulative GPA of 2.5 (some schools or programs require a
higher GPA). With careful academic planning, the courses
taken on exchange can transfer back into the UHM
degree program, without delaying graduation although there are
no guarantees of getting specific courses. In considering
which school is best for you, you need to think of several
factors, and consult all the available information.
Making Preliminary Choices
of Your Preferred Schools:
Obtain the NSE Directory from the
rack outside the exchange office.
See pages 5 to 9 and map (18-19) for which
state/part of the country you prefer.
Pages 5 to 9 also show campus enrollments
and the size of the town/city in which the campus is
A searchable listing of majors offered by
exchange schools is available at the website
sure the field in which you wish to take courses is not
listed as “limited” or “closed” in the Directory under the
school you wish to visit. Each school’s catalog of courses
is also accessible through
www.nse.org. Nursing and education are generally
www.nse.org, you can choose a state, than choose a
school and get 4-5 pages of information on that school. This
includes whether a school is available on Plan A and/or B
and limitations in courses as well as costs for tuition/fees
and room/board whether the academic schedule and charges are
on a semester or quarter plan, and the FAFSA code for each
When you have made preliminary selections,
follow the "Academic Plan" instructions. After placement, you need to complete a more
formal advising process to see which major and general
education courses are most likely to transfer. Because
it is sometimes difficult to get your planned courses at the
exchange schools (and there are no guarantees), alternative
courses should be planned.
Factors affecting whether
you get the school(s) you want:
over 175 schools participating in the NSE consortium.
Several of them will be ideal for you and will accept you.
Any UHM student who is full-time, classified, and has a 2.5
cumulative GPA can go somewhere.
up to that
host school. Most schools have far smaller programs than
that of UHM and frequently have various restrictions on how
many students they can take.
UHM students want a school than it can take (see #2 above),
applicants are ranked for priority to be accepted by that
school. Hawaii residents will be given priority, as the
university joined the program primarily to provide Hawaii
residents this opportunity. If residency is not a factor,
ranking is by class standing and GPA combined.
Fall or academic year
placement assignments to exchange schools are made by NSE
coordinators of all the participating institutions at a
yearly national conference in mid-March. We will not know
your chances of getting limited schools until late
February. There is no advantage in early application,
and no applications will be accepted before January 15
(hours to turn in applications will be posted at that
Getting Financial Aid for
Going on Exchange
students needing financial aid should choose Plan A
which is usually cheaper and apply for aid at the host
school. Students on Plan B (paying UHM tuition and being
waived at the host school), can get financial aid from UHM
and use UHM scholarships (most exchange schools take a very
limited number of students on plan B).
optimal consideration for aid, the FAFSA must be filed by
February 15 (or earlier, if stated in the Directory or
list on the FAFSA the code for each school to which
you might exchange.
essential that you follow up early with each potential
school on financial aid requirements specific to each
school. See financial aid link. You should also keep in
touch with the host school financial aid office in case you
have been selected for verification and are required to
submit tax forms, etc.
register at UHM and list UHM on your FAFSA, you may
interfere with financial aid from your NSE school.
have previously had loans from UHM, you must schedule an
exit interview with a UHM financial aid counselor before
Timeline and Deadlines (see
Important Dates and Limited Schools for details)
December 17, 2014
Application forms available online at
http://www2.hawaii.edu/~nse or at
Physical Science 206
January 14, 2015
day that applications will be accepted (You will be
charged an electronic fee which can be accessed via MyUH)
February 11, 2015
Priority application deadline (for ranking at limited
February 20, 2015
pre-placement conference application deadline for
maximum school availability
applicants informed of 2015-2016 school placement
16- May 1, 2015
Applications for Fall exchange at remaining
post-conference schools accepted (some schools may have
earlier deadlines than May 1, 2015)
NOTE: No one will be placed
until the $200 application placement fee is paid.
If a school is
listed as “open” on plan A or B, anyone eligible for NSE can be
placed there. (See pp. 5-9 of 2015-2016 NSE Student Guide,
available in rack outside PhysSci 206.)
If a school is
listed as 1:1, even, or uneven, it is less certain.
During the last few years, several schools, including University
of Washington and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo have not taken all
the UHM students who wanted them. Other schools may be very
limited on Plan B, or may have limited campus housing available
(see online entry for school).
(When more UHM
students want a school than the school will accept, Hawaii
residents have priority. If residency is not a factor, ranking
is by class standing and GPA combined.)
you are looking for a West coast exchange school (as many Hawaii
students are), please notice that many of them are NOT
“open” on Plan A or B. That means they will not accept
everyone from UHM who wants to go there, and that you must
apply by February 11. Applicants will be ranked on
February 12 by their class standing and GPA combined.
(Freshmen do not have priority)
- Cal Poly San
State (LA, East Bay, Monterey Bay)
- College of
- Humboldt State
- University of
- University of
- University of
- University of
- University of
the Virgin Islands
- University of
- Portland State
- Fresno State
(When more UHM students want a
school than the school will accept, Hawaii residents have
priority. If residency is not a factor, ranking is by class
standing and GPA combined.)