FAQ's | National Student Exchange | Kent State University



Frequently Asked Questions


Can I attend a HBCU (Historically Black College and Universities) campus?

Yes you can. The following HBCU's are all partners in the NSE program:

  • Alabama A & M University
  • Alabama State University
  • Bowie State University
  • Grambling State University
  • Howard University
  • Jackson State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Prairie View A & M University
  • South Carolina State University
  • Southern University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Tuskegee University 
  • University of the Virgin Islands at St. Croix
  • University of the Virgin Islands at St. Thomas
  • Virginia State University
How much will the program cost me?
  • You pay a $185.00 Application Fee (non-refundable) 
  • You ONLY pay Kent State University tuition to Kent State  
  • You can use your student Fee Waiver (No tuition costs)
  • You pay in-state costs of room & meals to the host campus
  • You can use your financial aid to pay tuition and room/meal fees  
  • Your Kent State scholarships may apply (check with Financial Aid)
  • You will pay any fees associated with courses, labs, and/or specific programs at the host campus
  • You pay for round-trip transportation
  • You pay for personal expenses and any "extra" activities
Will my classes transfer back to Kent State?

When you meet with your Academic Advisor you will learn which classes will transfer and count towards your major. Advisor and/or collegial approval will be required.

Where will I live?
  • NSE schools vary - some require you to live on-campus while other give you the option to choose on or off-campus housing
  • You will pay in-state costs for housing fees to host campus or rent by landlord
How long can I stay on exchange?
  • You may participate in an exchange for one term (quarter or semester, depending on institution) or for one year
  • You can exchange to one campus during fall and then exchange to another campus during spring (two campuses in one year)
When will I know my campus assignment?

Campus assignments will be determined during the mid-March NSE Conference. You will know your exchange host campus assignment in early April. Some campuses accept students after the March conference. Contact the NSE Coordinator to determine availability of placements.

When do I depart?

You will leave for your host campus before the start of the fall or spring session at your host campus. Check with your host campus regarding move-in dates and beginning of class dates.

Can I participate in NSE with friends?

Yes, you can. A total of four students from Kent State or from different NSE campuses can sign up together on the “Buddy System” and go to the same campus.

Where can I learn more about the National Student Exchange Network?

You can learn more about the NSE Network on the NSE Website.

What if I want to study outside of Canada or US Territories?