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Student exchange program available

By Stephanie Overton, Office of Undergraduate Admissions intern

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 32 - May 11, 1995

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions recently announced Virginia Tech's participation in the National Student Exchange (NSE), an exciting program available to Virginia Tech students for the first time.

NSE is similar to the study-abroad program, but unlike study abroad, NSE participants study at colleges and universities in 125 locations in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Guam. "It's a great way for Virginia Tech to gain more exposure. It's also a wonderful opportunity for students to explore graduate-school options, see another part of the country, or enrich (their) undergraduate curriculum and opportunities," said Jacqueline Nottingham, Tech's NSE coordinator and assistant director of admissions.

Since its founding in 1968, NSE has placed more than 40,000 students in exchange sites. Any full-time freshman, sophomore, or junior with a 2.5 GPA is eligible to apply for NSE placement. Students need to obtain prior written approval from their advisors to receive credit for course work taken at a host campus. The cost of attending an NSE school includes tuition at the student's home school, and any living, personal, and travel expenses incurred while at the host school.

More than 200 Virginia Tech students have expressed interest in the program for fall 1995-96. Nottingham was successful in placing 49 Virginia Tech students at 25 universities across the country, including the University of Georgia, Oregon State University, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Washington State University.

NSE gives students from schools such as the University of Idaho, New Mexico State University, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and as far away as the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, the opportunity to study here. Next year, 39 students from 26 colleges in 21 states will enroll at Tech.

For more information, call Nottingham at 1-6267.