Tuition Benefit Helps With Exchange Program
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
January 14, 2009
With study abroad programs more plentiful than ever, faculty and staff whose children attend UNH are reminded that their tuition benefits can be used to provide an exchange experience right here in the United States.
The National Student Exchange allows for study for one or two semesters at more than 180 colleges and universities across the country and Canada as well as in U.S. territories. Students complete their remaining degree requirements at, and graduate from, UNH.
“The tuition waiver benefit allows faculty and staff a 50 percent discount on the cost of UNH tuition. This benefit applies to the National Student Exchange program since participants pay tuition to their home school only, effectively allowing the children of faculty and staff to experience learning environments at other colleges and universities in North America at a dramatically reduced rate,” says Paula DiNardo, UNH program coordinator.
The program is open to all four-year undergraduates. All NSE institutions are fully accredited, and the courses transfer back to UNH. Applicants work closely with their major advisors to ensure that the courses taken while on exchange count toward their UNH degree programs.
“With NSE, students can experience the independence of studying away and the thrill of travel without leaving North America or learning a new language,” DiNardo says. “UNH students have enjoyed immersion in very different cultures and lifestyles, in unique places from Fairbanks, Alaska to Hilo, Hawaii to San Juan, Puerto Rico to Calgary, Alberta.”
To qualify, students must be full-time with a declared major, have a 2.5 cumulative GPA at time of application and the time of exchange, and have a minimum of 32 earned credits, 16 of which must be from UNH.
A directory of all exchange campuses is available at the NSE office in Hood House, room 106, or online at www.nse.org where a search by major can be conducted.
A $125 nonrefundable application fee is due by Feb. 26. There is also a $100 per semester exchange fee due after acceptance. Tuition and mandatory fees are paid to UNH not the host college or university. Housing is paid to the host school. Travel costs are paid by the student.
To learn more, attend an informational meeting Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 12:45 p.m., MUB 304 or Thursday, Feb. 5, MUB 207. And look for NSE info at the Study Abroad Fair Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the MUB. Or visit http://www.unh.edu/nse/.