Students choose the university they want to attend for a variety of reasons. Some may decide to go to a school that offers courses not offered here, others may want to search for after-graduation job opportunities, or some students may just be looking for a change in scenery. It is important for you to ask yourself why you want to exchange and what goals you hope to accomplish by doing so. This will make your selection easier.
When looking through your NSE Directory to decide on your choices for exchange, there are some very important things you need to keep in mind.
The universities each have information about themselves in the directory. One of the most important pieces of information offered to you is the black box that is found to the side of each university. If there is not a letter “B” inside the box, that school is not an option for you. The “B” means that the school is on plan B, so you will pay your tuition costs to Wichita State.
Inside that box will be the phrases “Open," “Even," “Uneven," or “1:1”. As you may have read in the first pages of the directory, “Open” means that the school will take all qualified students who apply. “Even” means that the school will only take as many students as it sends out. For example, WSU is an even school; therefore if we exchange 20 WSU students, we can only accept 20 incoming students. “Uneven” means that the school can take a few more students than they send out.
The ratio 1:1 is the school’s way of telling you that they will accept students first from the schools at which their students exchange. For example, if a student from California State University, Los Angeles wants to attend Florida International University, then California State University, Los Angeles will accept any student from Florida International University first, to ensure their student’s first-choice placement. This information will become important to you when you are trying to determine how competitive the placement could be at your choice schools.
Another thing to consider when choosing a university is whether or not you need to take courses in your major while there. Pay attention to the programs listed as “Limitations” or “Closed Programs.” For example, if you are a nursing major and you need to take classes in your major, you could not attend Florida International University because their nursing program is closed to NSE students.