The National Student Exchange Program allows thousands of student to study at new campuses each year, but most do not know about the program TV2’s Eric Rivers has the story.
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The National Student Exchange program provides an opportunity for undergrads to study up to one year at partnering NSE College. There are over 180 colleges that students can choose from that include locations all around the United States, United States territories and even Canada.
Each year around 4,000 students are involved in the program and on average around 120 from Kent State participate in NSE. The 120 students from Kent State is a 5 percent increase from previous years and NSE program director Pamela Jones credits this to the marketing team.
“This is a big campus so it does post challenges with communicating all opportunities to students, but we are doing better,” said Pamela Jones.
This is a big campus so it does post challenges with communicating all opportunities to students, but we are doing better – NSE Program Director, Pamela Jones
To be eligible for the program students must have already completed 30 credit hours, be full time students, and have over a 2.5 GPA, which is something that program coordinator Pamela Jones said she is pleased about. “Its not a very specific grade point average the reduces students opportunity,” said Jones.
While in the program students continue to earn credits towards their degree that transfers back with them to Kent State once they have completed either a semester or a full year.
Diamond Shaw, who is a junior business major, said it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.
“I wanted to do the program because it’s giving me an opportunity to seek internships in my career field and to look for grad schools in the area I want to move too after I graduate from Kent State,” said Shaw.
Students in the program will leave for their host campuses before the start of the fall semester.