Office of the Registrar

West Chester University

Contact Info
Kershner Student Service Center
25 University Avenue
West Chester, PA, 19383
Phone: 610-436-3541
Fax: 610-436-2370


National Student Exchange

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  • Don't miss this chance to check out an entirely different way to make your course of study an adventure. So many have overlooked this information and regret not taking the time to read on.

  • Expand your opportunities of study through travel to another college or university within the United States (including Hawaii, Canada and Puerto Rico) and transfer back both credit and grades? You can experience an exciting education traveling to one of over 155 participating campuses for the same tuition cost as you are currently paying! Read on for some general information about West Chester University's program. To contact the Coordinator of the National Student Exchange Program, call (610) 436-3085.

    ELIGIBILITY:

    National Student Exchange participation is a privilege. You must be a full-time degree student at WCU, at both the time of application, and in the term prior to exchange. You are also expected to remain a full-time student while on exchange. You must return to WCU as a full-time student after your exchange. Approximately 50% of students exchange during their Junior year. You must be in good academic, financial, and social/behavior standing at WCU when you apply. You must have a minimum, cumulative grade point average of 2.5. This GPA is required at the time of application, and at the completion of the term prior to exchange. If your GPA falls below a 2.5 while on exchange, your exchange will be cancelled.

    COST:

    WCU offers two payment plans to outgoing exchange students. Whenever possible, we prefer to send you away on Plan B. Plan B (Home Payment) is the exchange plan in which the student pays their normal tuition to their home school and housing fees to the host school. If Plan B is not possible, Plan A is available. Plan A (Host Payment) is the exchange plan in which the student pays the in-state resident tuition/fees and housing cost of the host school.

    LENGTH OF STAY:

    You may participate in the exchange for a cumulative total of time not to exceed one academic year. Some students choose to exchange to two separate schools for each semester.

    APPLICATION & PLACEMENT:

    Updated Applications and NSE Brochures are available in the Office of the Registrar, 25 University Ave, Kershner Student Service Center in early October. The deadline for submitting an application for the following academic year is late February. You may contact the NSE Coordinator, Karyl Fitzgerald, for an appointment or to obtain more information by calling (610)-436-3085 . Once you are ready to submit your application, you must meet with the Coordinator for an informal interview. The Coordinator participates in a placement conference in mid-March and will contact you shortly after to notify you if you have been placed at one of the schools you chose.

    QUOTES FROM STUDENTS WHO EXPERIENCED THE NSE PROGRAM:

    "AN EXCHANGE CAN OPEN MANY DOORS TO YOUR FUTURE BEYOND YOUR OWN REACH OR KNOWLEDGE, AS WELL AS ALLOW YOU TO TRAVEL TO PLACES YOU ONLY DREAMED OF BEFORE. THERE ARE CERTAIN PRIVILEGES THAT COME WITH YOUTH, AND THIS EXCHANGE PROGRAM IS AN EXTRAORDINARY CHANCE TO CAPITALIZE ON ONE OF THEM."
    DEREK S. SNYDER EXCHANGED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII & THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO.

    "BESIDES THE FACT THAT IT WAS HERE THAT I MET MY FIANCEE, IT WAS ALSO A WONDERFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCE! FUTURE EXCHANGE STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW THAT THE UNEXPECTED MIGHT BE WAITING FOR THEM ON EXCHANGE."
    JACKIE CONTRERAS EXCHANGED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN BERNARDINO.

    "WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY'S NSE PROGRAM WAS THE ULTIMATE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE. TRAVELING TO THE WEST COAST NOT ONLY CREATED A SENSE OF INDEPENDENCE, BUT IT OPENED MANY DOORS OF LIFE FOR ME - CULTURALLY, ACADEMICALLY, AND SOCIALLY."
    ASHLEY BAKER EXCHANGED TO CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE.