New Exchange Program Expands Options for Students

Posted: March 18, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

George Mason students are going places-or at least they will be beginning fall semester 2004. The university recently joined the National Student Exchange (NSE) Program, an organization with 177 member campuses internationally. The program allows students to study at one of the member campuses while paying the tuition and fees at their home institution.

NSE was founded in 1968 as a parallel to study-abroad programs, recognizing that not every student is ready for a study opportunity outside his or her own country. In addition to studying at campuses within the continental United States, students can choose from colleges and universities in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each year the program has about 4,500 participants.

Kevin Holmes, admissions counselor in the Office of Admissions, administers the program. According to Holmes, the university joined NSE at the request of Student Government and the Office of the Provost. A number of students have already expressed interest and begun the application process, and Holmes hopes to have students studying at other member campuses by this fall. For more information, contact Holmes at 703-993-2405 or check out the NSE web site at

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