National Student Exchange
The National Student Exchange (NSE) is an undergraduate exchange program within the United States and Canada. Instead of crossing oceans or continents, NSE students cross state, regional, and provincial borders. You can earn the equivalent of full-time UConn credit while studying away for a semester or an academic year. As a University of Connecticut student enrolled at the Storrs campus, you are eligible to participate in one of the more than 176 institutions that comprise the National Student Exchange Program. To learn more about NSE and its participating institutions, go to National Student Exchange online brochure on this website. The application process is completed online and complete instructions are included in the online brochure.
Students from participating National Student Exchange (NSE) schools can earn full-time credit while studying at UConn in Storrs for a semester or an academic year. We accept students on Plan B from all member institutions who have a minimum grade point average of 2.5. Only students in good academic, social, and financial standing at their home institutions will be considered for acceptance into the program. NSE students are accepted at UConn as non-degree, visiting, undergraduate exchange students and have all the benefits of full-time matriculating UConn students living on campus.
Application and UConn Acceptance Process
Incoming National Student Exchange (NSE) students must initally apply through their home school and their home school NSE Coordinator. After your home school NSE coordinator notifies you that you have been accepted to UConn, you must complete the UConn online application, confirmation and registration process, as indicated in the box below.
Storrs is located in eastern Connecticut about 1.5 hours (by car) from Boston, Massachusetts and about 3 hours (by car) from New York City. While the Storrs area is very rural, the campus and surrounding towns do offer cultural activities, cafés, and restaurants. Students generally enjoy outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, biking, team sports, jogging, and rollerblading around the campus. The closest city is Hartford, Connecticut's capital, which is approximately 35 minutes away by bus. Travel off campus is available by bus with connections in Hartford or Providence, Rhode Island, and to points further away like New York or Boston. For additional information on Connecticut, please go to the Connecticut Department of Tourism.
Registering for Courses
All course registration is done through the Office of Study Abroad and the Division of Continuing Studies. Incoming exchange students may not register on-line. You will find the necessary Exchange Course Registration Information and the Exchange Student Course Registration Form on your "homepage" once you log-in to the online application system. Exchange Students interested in taking courses with prerequisites will need to obtain instructor permission and are instructed to provide transcripts or verification of pre-testing. A comprehensive list of all UConn courses, course requirements and prerequisites are listed in the UConn catalog (undergraduate and graduate). You should select courses based on the list of available courses for the appropriate semester. Programs with closed or limited availability of courses include Business, Pharmacy, Journalism, Graphic Design, Allied Health, and Nursing.
As a Plan B NSE school, exchange students pay room, board, and student deposit fees to UConn. Tuition is paid directly to home campus and charges vary according to the individual program. Students continue to receive financial aid from their home schools and may apply it to their home institution tuition and UConn fees.
Tuition is waived for all exchange students coming to UConn through an official NSE exchange partner institution. Exchange students pay room, board, and student deposit fees to UConn. Fees to UConn are due before the start of the semester or a deferrment and financial aid award verification letter need to be submitted. For a list of current fees, please download or view General Exchange Information. (Tuition is paid directly to the home campus and charges are at the discretion of the individual program.)
Program dates for the exchange follow the regular UConn school calendar. Students arrive early for registration and check-in and are required to attend the orientation for exchange students. For other important dates, please view the General Exchange Information.
Accommodation and Campus Life
We recommend that all NSE students live on campus in dormitories or suites. After acceptance, the exchange coordinator reserves rooms for all exchange students and provides applications and information regarding on-campus housing. You will apply for your room assignment online once you create and log-in to your UConn online application homepage.
Please go to the UConn Residential Life homepage for detailed information on campus housing at UConn. For international students who have been accepted as visiting undergraduate students, we have reserved a bed in a double room in the undergraduate dorms. Undergraduate students who are 23 years of age or older may reserve a room in the graduate dorms. We will reserve a room based upon what you indicated on your confirmation form - graduate or undergraduate. Housing assignments should be finalized by late December/July, and Study Abroad and DRL will email your dormitory assignment to you. Residential life makes an effort to place students according to their preferences; selected dormitories/apartments are not, however, always available.
All national exchange students are eligible to participate in UConn Storrs campus activities and events. Students are strongly urged to take part in campus life and join recreational activities on and off campus. With nearly 75% of UConn students living on campus, the campus environment and weekend life are an important aspect of exchange.
Campus Meal Plans
The meal plans (mandatory for students in all undergraduate dorms except apartments) vary from $1,600-$1,850 per semester, for 160-300 meals per semester. Most students find that 200 to 250 meals are adequate, depending on your appetite, and you may change your choice once you arrive for a limited time. The optional points available are equivalents to cash/dollars for use on campus at designated locations selling food that are not dining halls/cafeterias. Complete meal plan information is available on the UConn Dining Services website.
Students in Graduate dormitories have access to shared kitchen facilities in the Graduate Residence Halls and can also purchase partial or full campus meal plans.
Students With Special Needs
Students with disabilities requiring accommodations should inform the exchange coordinator and then contact the Center for Students with Disabilities. UConn is an accessible campus and complies with all federal regulations regarding the Students with Disabilities Act.
Parking on Campus
Students who wish to park a car on campus must pay for parking on campus at the rate of approximately $100 for the academic year and $50 for a semester. Parking Services requires a photo I.D. and vehicle registration, as well as a letter from Lisa McAdam-Donegan at Study Abroad stating that you are here on exchange. Parking lots are not necessarily located right next to your dorm; resident lots are scattered throughout campus and permits are issued on first-come-first-served basis. For more information, go to the Parking Services website.
Working on Campus
Exchange students may work on campus in student labor positions (NOT work-study) during their exchange semesters. Please visit the Student Employment website, click UConn Jobs for Students. The pay for student labor ranges from $6.90 - $9.90 per hour, depending on experience, and many types of jobs are available, such as dining services cafeteria work, office work in administrative offices, library, shuttle bus driving, the bookstore, and more.
Most undergraduate and all graduate dormitory rooms have high-speed computer access provided through a standard ethernet port. Complete information regarding personal computers, internet access, laptops, and other information technology issues can be found at the Information Technology Services (ITS) website. Most students bring a laptop with them to campus. UConn is in the process of installing a wireless network over the entire campus which is accesible to any computer with a wireless card (802.11b). All new Apple Macintosh computers come standard with built-in wireless networking, Windows PC's may vary depending on their configuration. Email is provided to all graduate and undergraduate students. In order to open your UConn email account (known as HuskyMail) once you arrive, you can go on-line to the website above.
Health & Safety
UConn is committed to providing exchange students with a safe and enjoyable academic experience. The university campus has fully staffed police, fire, and medical personnel to insure the safety and protection of all students. All exchange students attend a mandatory health screening upon arrival and submit their health records at this time. Exchange students are requested to bring a Health History Form with them to the screening. As members of the exchange you have access to the Student Health Services facility at UConn that provides complete medical service and support for the Storrs campus.
UConn Student Health Services is an accredited, ambulatory care center located on campus. We offer a convenient facility to students seeking non-emergent care. We can accommodate appointment type visits as well as walk in. We charge an office visit fee ($50.00 ? $125.00) each time a student is seen. Also, all ancillary services (laboratory, radiology, etc) have a fee associated with them. For more detailed information on services offered please go to www.shs.uconn.edu.
If you are covered under the university sponsored insurance plan (Aetna Student Health) any charges for services rendered, related to illness, injury or accident are covered 100% when performed at our facility. There is no copay, deductible or claim forms to file ? we submit claims directly to the carrier, on your behalf. Also, Student Health Services currently submits claims directly to the following insurance plans; Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna and Healthnet. If your coverage is provided by any other carrier, you will be responsible for all charges, for services rendered. The charges will be applied to your university fee bill. Unpaid charges on your fee bill may negatively impact your campus activities.
The university uses a hard waiver system to administer the Aetna Student Health plan. Which means, if you wish to decline the Aetna Student Health plan, you must complete an online wavier through your studentadmin/peoplesoft account (deadlines apply). In order to decline the university coverage, your alternative plan must meet (or exceed) the coverage provided by the Aetna Student Health plan. Details on the university plan can be found by going to the Insurance Information link at our web address above.
If you are considering purchasing/enrolling in a travel type insurance plan, or through your home country, it is important to remember that you will be responsible for any charges incurred for services rendered at our facility because we only directly submit claims to the carriers referred to above. Also, any proof of coverage, provided to you by an outside carrier MUST be printed/written in English and include a United States contact phone number, to qualify as comparable to the Aetna Student Health plan. You will not be able to decline the university sponsored plan if your coverage does not meet this criteria. For additional insurance information please contact the University of Connecticut Insurance Coordinator, Tresca Smith at (860) 486-4535 or at email@example.com.
The following are required for ALL students (Most NSE students have completed these for their home school):
1. Proof of immunity to Measles (Rubeola.)
This means you must provide proof of one of the following:
- Two measles (or MMR) immunizations. (one after your first birthday and one at least one month later) OR
- Documentation of positive measles titer (blood test) OR
- Documentation of date of measles disease by your doctor.
Proof of immunity to Rubella.
This means you must provide proof of one of the following:
- One rubella immunization after first birthday, OR
- Documentation of positive rubella titer, OR
- Documentation of date of rubella disease by your doctor.
3. Completion of a Tuberculosis (TB) risk assessment questionnaire (on the health history form). If you answered ?yes? to questions 2, 3 or 4 you will need a TB test.
- Mantoux skin test: ONLY accepted if done in USA, because testing methods and interpretation may vary from country to country.
- Quantiferon Gold or T-Spot (blood tests) are accepted from all countries, and recommended for International Students if available in your country.
If you are unable to get a TB blood test in your country, you can get a TB test at Student Health Services during your orientation.
If your TB test is positive, or if you have had a positive TB test in the past, you will need a chest x-ray. We accept chest x-rays done within the past 6 months. The radiology report MUST be attached in order for us to accept the x-ray result.
This is required for all students under 29 years old residing in University housing. You will not be allowed to stay in University housing unless you have received this immunization.
- Proof of immunity to Varicella (Chicken Pox) will be required for all students starting fall semester 2010, but we recommend you meet this requirement now.
This means you must provide proof of one of the following:
- Two varicella immunizations OR
- Documentation of positive varicella titer (blood test) OR
- Documentation of date of chicken pox disease by your doctor.
Recommended immunizations and tests:
Ø Hepatitis B: 3 immunizations
Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection which may be asymptomatic; it is common in many countries of the world, especially countries in sub-Saharan Africa, in the Amazon basin of South America, and in countries in eastern and south-eastern Asia. It is strongly recommended for all students (even students who have been immunized), who were born in any of these countries, or whose mothers were born in any of these countries, be screened for prior infection with a Hepatitis B surface antigen test.
(CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON HEPATITIS B)
It is very important that you complete all these requirements before your arrival at UConn, and that you send your complete health history form to us as soon as possible. Be sure to keep copies of all your forms for your personal record. If you have any other health and immunization documents, please make photocopies of everything and send them along with your health history form. This will prevent having any problems with registration and housing when you arrive.
Ø IMPORTANT HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMATION FOR ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
If you have any questions about insurance, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ø IMPORTANT HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMATION FOR ALL GRADUATE TEACHING AND RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Ø TRANSLATION OF VACCINE NAMES
Aids to translating foreign immunization records; compiled by the Immunization Action Coalition, courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Health - CLICK HERE
Ø VACCINE INFORMATION
The Immunization Action Coalition has created a vaccine information website that contains translations in many languages. CLICK HERE to access the website.
All students must have proof of a current health insurance plan for the term of the exchange. The UConn Aetna Student Health Insurance is available for exchange students who do not currently have health insurance. The cost is approximately $900/year or prorated ($450/450). For specific information on semester and academic year costs, please view the Exchange Information brochure. A complete brochure and information on the UConn student health insurance plan is available each May through UConn Student Health Services and Bailey Agencies.
Lisa McAdam Donegan, NSE Coordinator in the Study Abroad Office, is your campus contact before your arrival and your academic advisor once on campus. The Office of Study Abroad is in the CUE building, 303 or the UC building on the map. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa at by phone: (860) 486-3705 (860) 486-5022, fax: (860) 486-2976, or via email.
UConn is located in Storrs, CT and tavel to and from UConn is the responsibility of the student. Information about travel to Storrs is available under Visitor Information on the main UConn website. An excellent campus map is also available on-line. The easiest airport to fly into is Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks/Hartford, CT.A mandatory group exchange orientation is held each semester before the start of classes. This will give you a chance to find out more about the staff, campus, your exchange student status, course registration, life in Storrs, etc... Please be on time and present for this meeting. We will have a campus tour in the afternoon following the orientation. You will be required to attend a mandatory health screening and review of your medical records the first week of classes.