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Student Engagement

NSE Academic Considerations

If a student is considering exchange, it is crucial that they think about what courses will transfer back and that multiple conversations happen with an academic advisor.

  • An interested student should talk with their advisor about how NSE will fit into their degree program BEFORE submitting the NSE application.
  • Certain colleges and schools at USC have received additional accreditation from associations in their particular academic area. If a student is a student in one of these colleges or schools and would like to take major classes while on exchange, the school they are interested in apply to must also have the same level of accreditation. Please visit the Office of Student Engagement to learn which majors this applies to.
  • Credits and grades transfer back to the University of South Carolina count toward the cumulative GPA and also towards degree progression.
  • Once a student has been accepted into an NSE school, they will need to discuss with their academic advisor which courses will apply toward degree progression and complete a Special Enrollment Request Form (SERF).  This conversation can start before the NSE application is submitted, but the SERF form will not be able to be completed until after the NSE placement is official.  Also, the student must facilitate the collection of any syllabi or other course information from a host institution when deciding which courses will count at USC. The OSE office will not contact academic departments to request course information from host institutions.
  • Students must submit an official transcript to the USC Registrar after exchange completion in order for the credits and grades to transfer.
  • Course availability varies from institution to institution. Use the following resources to ascertain whether or not a course will be able to successfully study at another institution:
      • NSE Directory - listing of limited or closed programs, as well as directory of majors
      • Institution course catalogs, academic bulletins and master schedules – enables students to look up course offerings and course descriptions.
      • Internet: explore an institution’s home page to research information. Go to NSE’s listing of nearly 200 member campuses and links to each campus’ page. Check out an institution’s Facebook or Wikipedia page.
  • Students should be flexible with the courses they can take. The more limited a student is, the less likely they will be in finding the right classes at a host institution.

Students with disabilities needing accommodations should discuss those their needs with the NSE Office at the potential host school about what options and process is in place to assist them with their needs.

  • USC’s grade forgiveness policy can only be used at courses taken at USC. Students who want to retake a course will not be able to do it through this program.