Texas State's 'best-kept secret' can save students $1,000'sTexas State's 'best-kept secret' can save students $1,000'shttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=118162016-01-28T06:00:00Z2016-01-28T17:00:00Z

​​​​​​SAN MARCOS - Only four universities in Texas offer a National Student Exchange (NSE) program, and Texas State is on the list.

The program is similar to studying abroad, but participating students are given the opportunity to travel within the country — U.S. territories including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands as well as Canada.

Just as the program sends Bobcats abroad, Texas State accepts students from other NSE programs as well.

Lisa Chrans, NSE coordinator at Texas State, said the program is one of Texas State’s “best-kept secrets” because it is often overshadowed by other, more popular programs such as Semester at Sea and Study Abroad.

Only 40 students were admitted into the program last year.

The NSE allows students of any major to travel to almost 200 participating schools across America, while allowing participating students to still pay in-state.

Chrans said the program is a viable option for students considering transferring to another school. Instead of transferring to an out-of-state university for up to three times the price of a state school, students can attend the out-of-state school of their choice for up to a year for no additional cost.

“In many cases, (out-of-state) school’s tuition is actually less expensive than ours,” Chrans said. “I could send a kid to Queens College in New York City and based on 15 hours they’ll pay $3,599. Whereas (at) Texas State, you’re paying $4,900.”

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