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Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/studyabroad/nationalstudentexchange/FAQ.html

What are some of the benefits of the CA Exchange?

Participants have an opportunity to:
  • experience life on another university campus for a full academic year
  • benefit from NSE's tuition reciprocity
  • work as an CA on another campus
  • interact with new students, faculty and administrators
  • explore another part of the country
  • learn about another housing and residence life department

How much does it cost to apply for the CA Exchange?

While there is no additional fee for the CA Exchange option, CA applicants must pay the $300 application fee as well as submit their application in advance of the general deadline.

Does every U.S. and Canadian university participate in the exchange?

No, approximately 34 universities are currently accepting CA's.

How do I apply to participate in the CA Exchange?

  • You must submit the general National Student Exchange application as well as the supplemental application for the CA exchange. Both must be submitted to the NSE coordinator by November 30th for exchanges during the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Contact the National Student Exchange coordinator for more information on NSE application forms and requirements.
  • The CA application is available online and students interested in an exchange must complete this application and have a letter of recommendation from a hall director. Your application and supporting documentation must be submitted to your NSE coordinator by November 30th.

What are the qualifications?

  • 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application and at the completion of the term prior to exchange.
  • Full-time student at the time of application and in the term prior to exchange.
  • Good standing (academic, financial, and social/behavioral) as defined by the home campus.
  • Be approved by the NSE coordinator for participation in the exchange program.
  • Be currently serving as a CA at the time of application and in the term immediately preceding exchange.
  • Positive letter of reference from the supervising residence life hall director on the home campus.
  • Written permission from the home campus residence life program to participate

When will I find out if I have been placed at the host campus?

Host universities have been asked to select NSE CA applicants by the third week of February. There will be some campuses, however, that cannot meet this deadline. We have asked Housing Departments to let students know as early as possible that they have been accepted.

What do I do when I receive an offer? And what if I receive multiple offers?

You may only accept one offer. Make your decision and immediately inform your home campus coordinator and the housing officers at each institution of your decision to accept or decline the offer(s). Assuming an offer is made by the third week of February; you must accept or decline by the last week of February.

What happens if I arrive at the host campus and decide I don't like it and want to come home?

  • We cannot force students to remain at the host university, but keep in mind that the CA Exchange is for one full year. Students come to rely on their CA as a source of guidance and support. There is an expectation that students who apply and are accepted for the exchange serve at their host institution for the entire year.
  • While participating in a CA exchange, you are subject to the rules, regulations, and employment contract as any other CA on that campus. If you do not live up to your employment agreement, your CA service will be terminated by the host university.

What happens after I accept my offer?

Your NSE campus coordinator will confirm your placement. You then follow procedures and timelines of both here at your home campus and those of the host campus NSE coordinators. The Residential Life staff at your host campus will provide detailed instructions and timelines relative to your employment contract as an CA. Make sure you check with your new employer prior to booking airline reservations. Your staring date as a CA is likely to precede the date you are actually expected at the host campus as an exchange student.