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Program grants chance to study nationwide

By Sashana Campbell
On November 14, 2012


Students who want to get away from Buffalo for a while have the opportunity to do so with the National
Student Exchange program.
The NSE is a non-profit organization that offers study away opportunities to students, with choices from
over 200 different universities in the United States, U.S. territories and Canada available.
"The program allows students to attend schools that offer unique classes or that have a graduate college
they are interested in," said Christine Cali, director of the special programs office. "Buffalo State has
been a part of the NSE since 1976, giving students that might not have the opportunity to study abroad
to get a change of pace."
Attending different schools may offer students experiences other than those available at Buffalo State,
she said.
About 40 to 50 students go on exchange every semester, with California and Hawaii being the most
popular. They also enjoy going to Colorado and Florida. Approximately 10 to 15 students come to
Buffalo State from across the country.
Students can start the application process now, Cali said. If a student does their research, the average
application process takes about two weeks.
The application involves a one time, non-refundable fee of $175 and allows a student to list up to eight
schools of interest. Students also have the choice of attending their desired school for one semester or
for an academic year.
"Students who are interested in the program are encouraged to meet with their advisors and professors
to discuss possible courses to take while on exchange" Cali said. "They can choose to take as little or has
many credits as they would like."
There are two types of financial aid packages that students can select, Plan A and Plan B. Plan A students
opt to pay Buffalo State's tuition, and Plan B allows students to pay in-state tuition to the school of their
The deadline to apply is February 8, 2013. Applicants must be in good academic standing, with a grade
point average of 2.5 or higher.
Jarron Mortimer, a senior hospitality and tourism management major, went to the University of New
Orleans his junior year and loved every minute of the experience.
"Going on exchange was one of the best decisions I made while pursuing my degree," he said. "The
culture and people were so open and welcoming, the first week I felt like a new student in a new place,
but has time passed I felt so at home. If I could do it again I would and I recommend it to every student."
Overall, the program offers an exciting opportunity for students, said Renee Fellinger, secretary for the
special programs office.
"So many students come in the office enthusiastic and excited about experiencing something new," she
said. " They all have different reasons why they choose to leave, some go for the cultural experience and
to seek future employment, while others go to get away from the cold weather but either way they gain
knowledge that they might have not had if they remained stationary."
Students who are interested can contact Christine Cali in South Wing 420 or call (716) 878-4328 for
more information.
Sashana Campbell can be reached by email at

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