Exchange Opportunities
National Student Exchange
Learn More About NSE

To learn more about participating in the NSE program through Fort Hays State University……

Pick up an information booklet.  The NSE Directory of Exchange Opportunities is available from Student Affairs, located at 208 Sheridan Hall. This booklet lists all the schools that participate in the NSE and will provide you with some basic information about each school.  After you have decided which school(s) you would like to apply for, consult with your academic advisor, departmental advisor, and / or transcript analyst to discuss issues such as course transfers and graduation requirements.

Please read the NSE Directory carefully. It will answer many of your questions. Pay close attention to campus details like which programs are open or closed or have special requirements.

Develop a list of schools you’d like to attend.  You may choose from any one of the 190 campuses listed in the directory. If the campus is not listed in the directory, you may not attend that school through NSE. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for exchange. FHSU students must choose a participating school outside of Kansas.

There are two exchange plans, A and B. Plan B allows you to attend another school but continue to pay your tuition to Fort Hays State University as you would if you were taking classes here. Hays State University is a Plan B school.  This means that you can only select campuses that offer Plan B as an alternative.  The benefit of Plan B is paying our “affordable success” tuition at colleges and universities that typically have much higher tuition.

Attend a group NSE informational session.  These sessions are held in November--please check the campus master calendar for the date and time.  If you missed the group session or cannot make it, you can schedule an individual consultation with the NSE Coordinator, Carol Solko-Olliff, Director of International Student Services, by calling 785-628-4276.

Fill out the NSE application and supporting materials.  Applications will be available starting in November. The priority deadline for NSE applications is February 1st! Applications submitted from February 1st through February 12th will be considered on a space available basis.  The application fee will also be due at that time. Applications are available from Student Affairs, 208 Sheridan Hall. 

When completing your application, please list only the schools you will attend, if placed there. It is best to select several schools as options for exchange.  While NSE has a positive track record for placing students, there is a chance your first choice will fill up quickly if it is a popular NSE school.  If you mark one school and do not get placed, you will NOT receive a refund.  Additionally, if you mark more than one choice and you are placed into one of the schools, and you withdraw because it was not your 1st choice, you will not receive a refund. Therefore, list only the schools you want to attend.

Receive news from the Placement Conference!  The NSE Coordinators meet every March to place their students.  You will receive word about your placement from Carol Solko-Olliff shortly after the conference.

Prepare for your exchange!  The Coordinators from your home campus (FHSU) and host campus will help you prepare for your exchange experience.  You’ll get assistance with housing, financial aid, academic advising, registration for courses, and more.

For more information, contact the National Student Exchange Coordinator.