Study Abroad and National Student Exchange Program (NSE)

There are many opportunities available for Rutgers Business School - New Brunswick students to go abroad, take business courses and earn credit toward their major. To find out what business programs are available to RBS students through the Center for Global Education, click on the following link.

Below are some basics concerning studying abroad as a Rutgers Business School student, which applies to programs offered through the Center for Global Education (Rutgers Study Abroad programs) and those that are not (Non-Rutgers Study Abroad programs)

 

Attention RBS students: If you are interested in studying abroad it is imperative that you make an appointment with the Study Abroad Advisor, Helen Pensavalle, to discuss the process of studying abroad in person. To make request an appointment, email Helen at pensavalle@business.rutgers.edu.


Course Approval

  • A list of previously-approved courses by Rutgers Business School are available in the Equivalency Guide.
    • If you wish to take a course that is listed in the Equivalency Guide as an equivalent, the next step is to obtain final approval from your study abroad advisor. You do not need to take the syllabus or the Course Approval Form to the Major Department.
  • If you wish to take a course that is not listed as equivalent in the Equivalency Guide, please email the course syllabus to the Admin of the Major Department that offers the course -i.e. Accounting, Finance, etc. –contacts are listed below.   Ask for a review of the syllabus, indicate the expected RBS equivalent in the email and provide the Major Department with the Course Approval Form for written approval.
  • If you obtain written approval from the Major Department, take the Course Approval Form to Helen Pensavalle in person at the Office of Undergraduate Programs for final approval.
  • All courses taken abroad must be approved in writing prior to the student studying abroad to ensure credit transferability. For business courses, please use the Course Approval Form for Business Courses and for non-business courses, please use the Course Approval Form for Non-Business Courses.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to make certain the courses they are approved to take abroad are being offered in the same semester they are attending.

 

Pre-Requisites

  • Students must satisfy all of the pre-requisites and requirements here at RBS, before taking any business courses abroad.  In addition, students cannot retake any courses abroad.

 

SAS Core Requirements and Studying Abroad

  • Writing courses taken abroad will not fulfill the Rutgers writing requirement for the CORE or Liberal Arts Distribution requirements.
  • The Study Abroad experience can fulfill one out of the two 21st Century Challenges requirement for the SAS Core Curriculum, as long as the Study Abroad program and courses taken abroad are approved by the RBS Undergraduate Programs Office.
  • Students taking a summer study abroad program must complete at least 6 credits of coursework for fulfillment of one 21st Century Challenges requirement for the SAS Core Curriculum.

 

Seniors

  • Seniors planning to study abroad in their final semester before graduation should meet with their academic advisor to ensure a smooth graduation certification.

 

Taking Courses Abroad

  • Business School students are permitted to take 3 business courses abroad.  No more than 2 electives will be approved from the 3 courses. It may be possible to take 4 business courses abroad with special permission only which is obtained through the RBS Study Abroad advisor.
  • RBS will accept any non-business courses abroad used for requirements (core curriculum, secondary majors, minors, etc.) pending departmental evaluation and approval.  However, if an RBS student transfers out of the Business School, these courses may or may not transfer for the equivalent credit.  This decision will depend on each school’s transfer course approval process.
  • All courses (business and non-business) must be approved in writing via the Course Approval Form. For business courses, please use the Course Approval Form for Business Courses and for non-business courses, please use the Course Approval Form for Non-Business Courses. Please note that a failing grade in a business course taken at a university abroad that is affiliated with the Center for Global Education will not only calculate into your GPA, but will also count toward the RBS academic standing policy. This policy holds for both pre-approved business courses and also in the case where a student goes abroad and does not receive written approval.
  • RBS does not permit “pass/no credit” for study abroad courses. Only letter grades will transfer back, excluding an internship.
  • Credit totals earned abroad will transfer back to Rutgers as the same credit total amount.

 

Meeting with the Study Abroad Advisor

  • All RBS students who plan on studying abroad are strongly advised to meet with the RBS Study Abroad Advisor prior to studying abroad, to discuss RBS policies and procedures and to confirm course transferability.
  • Please email Helen Pensavalle, the Study Abroad Advisor, to schedule a face-to-face meeting to go over these policies and procedures. She can be contacted at pensavalle@business.rutgers.edu.

 

Departmental Contacts:

 

Non-Rutgers Study Abroad Program

  • Students may also participate in a Non-Rutgers Study Abroad program (a program that is not offered through the Center for Global Education).  In this case, the student must take a leave of absence and re-enroll upon their return.  
  • It is the student’s responsibility to have an official transcript forwarded the RBS Office of Undergraduate Programs, as soon as possible after the completion of the program.
  • For information on course equivalencies, please refer to the RBS Equivalency Guide, which lists approved and non-approved courses within each university.  The Guide is simply a compilation of courses that have been reviewed, not a list of all courses offered at the university.  If you find a course that is not in the Equivalency Guide, have it reviewed by the respective department.  

 

For further information, please contact:
HELEN PENSAVALLE
DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATOR
100 ROCKAFELLER ROAD – ROOM 1025
PISCATAWAY, NJ  08854
PENSAVALLE@BUSINESS.RUTGERS.EDU

 

National Student Exchange Program

The National Student Exchange (NSE) provides opportunities for students to study for a semester or a year at another NSE college or university in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a Rutgers Business School student, you are permitted to participate in the NSE program and take business courses at an AACSB accredited college or university. To date, there are 69 available colleges and universities that have obtained AACSB accreditation that participate in the National Student Exchange program (listed below). Students are placed for either the Fall semester or the Academic Year. Participating in NSE during the Spring Semester is not permitted.

 

Students participate in NSE to:

  • Broaden their perspectives
  • Explore new areas of study
  • Learn from different professors
  • Access new courses
  • Break out of their comfort zones
  • Experience personal growth
  • Make new friends
  • Live in a different area
  • Investigate graduate schools
  • Seek future employment
  • Become more independent
  • Experience life from a different point of view

 

Eligibility

Exchange participation is a privilege, not a right. Students must apply and be accepted into the program.
Minimum requirements are:

  • Full-time enrollment
  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA (4.0 scale)
  • Completion of Expository Writing
  • Good standing (academic, personal and financial)

There may be additional requirements and/or restrictions on exchange participation. You can learn more by visiting Campus Profiles at nse.org.

 

Cost

There are two tuition payment plans utilized by NSE. Rutgers participates only in Plan A, in which you pay the resident (in-state) tuition/fees to your host campus.

Fees assessed as a condition of enrollment (e.g. fees for laboratory courses, general service, computer, technology, art and photography supplies) are always paid to your host campus.

If you reside on campus, you will pay for room and meals at your host campus. You will also be responsible for transportation, personal expenses, and sightseeing opportunities while on exchange.

U.S. federally-funded financial aid for eligible students is applied for, awarded by, and disbursed from the host campus.

 

Application Process

Apply for exchange through your home campus NSE coordinator. The Process involves a non-refundable application fee, biographical data, and a personal interview. Contact Dean Lauren Dudzak for more information at ldudzak@sas.rutgers.edu.  

 

Below are some essentials concerning the NSE program as a Rutgers Business School student:

 

Course Approval & Course Approval Form

  • If you wish to take a course through the NSE, please email the course syllabus to the Major Department that offers the course -i.e. Accounting, Finance, etc. (Major Dept. contacts are listed below) indicate the expected RBS equivalent in the email and provide the Major Department with the Course Approval Form.
  • If you obtain written approval from the Major Department, take the Course Approval Form to Helen Pensavalle, NSE Program Coordinator, in person at the Office of Undergraduate Programs for final approval.
  • All courses must be pre-approved in writing prior to the student studying in the NSE program to ensure credit transferability.

 

Pre-Requisites

  • Students must satisfy all of the pre-requisites and requirements here at RBS, before taking any business courses through the NSE.  In addition, students cannot retake any courses in the National Student Exchange.

 

SAS Core Requirements and NSE

  • Writing courses taken through the NSE will not fulfill the Rutgers writing requirement for the CORE or Liberal Arts Distribution requirements.

 

Seniors

  • Seniors planning to participate in the NSE in their final semester before graduation should meet with their assigned academic advisor to ensure a smooth graduation certification.

 

Taking Courses

  • Business School students are permitted to take 3 business courses in the NSE program.  No more than 2 electives will be approved from the 3 courses. It may be possible to take 4 business courses through the NSE with special permission only which is obtained through the RBS NSE program coordinator.  
  • RBS will accept any non-business courses through the NSE used for requirements (core curriculum, secondary majors, minors, etc.) pending departmental evaluation and approval.  However, if an RBS student transfers out of the Business School, these courses may or may not transfer for the equivalent credit.  This decision will depend on each school’s transfer course approval process.
  • All courses (business and non-business) must be approved in writing via the Course Approval Form, prior to participating in the NSE.
  • RBS does not permit “pass/no credit” for through the NSE courses. Only letter grades will transfer back, except for an internship.
  • Credit totals earned through the NSE will transfer back to Rutgers as the same credit total amount.

 

Meeting with the RBS NSE Program Coordinator

  • All RBS students who plan on participating in the NSE are strongly advised to meet with the RBS NSE Program Coordinator, to discuss RBS policies and procedures and to confirm course transferability.
  • Please email Helen Pensavalle, the RBS NSE Program Coordinator, to schedule a face-to-face meeting to go over these policies and procedures. She can be contacted at pensavalle@business.rutgers.edu.

 

RBS Course Approval forms must be pre-approved in writing via the course approval form PRIOR to the student joining the NSE to ensure credit transferability.

 

National Student Exchange AACSB Accredited Colleges and Universities

 

United States

Alabama
University of Alabama
University of Montevallo

Alaska
University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Arizona
Northern Arizona University

California
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
California State University, Bakersfield
California State University, Chico
California State University, East Bay
California State University, Northridge
California State University, San Bernardino
Sonoma State University

Colorado
Colorado State University – Pueblo
Fort Lewis College
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
University of Northern Colorado

Florida
Florida International University

Georgia
University of Georgia

Hawaii
University of Hawaii at Hilo
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Idaho
Boise State University
University of Idaho

Illinois
Eastern Illinois University

Indiana
Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne

Iowa
Iowa State University
University of Northern Iowa

Kansas
Emporia State University
Wichita State University

Kentucky
Murray State University
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
Western Kentucky University

Louisiana
Louisiana State University
Northwestern State University
University of New Orleans

Maryland
Frostburg State University
Towson University

Massachusetts
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
University of Massachusetts at Boston

Michigan
Oakland University
University of Michigan-Flint

Minnesota
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Moorhead

Mississippi
Jackson State University
Mississippi State University

Missouri
University of Missouri – St. Louis

Montana
Montana State University
University of Montana

Nebraska
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Nevada
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

New Hampshire
University of New Hampshire

New Jersey
Ramapo College of New Jersey
William Paterson University of New Jersey

New Mexico
New Mexico State University
University of New Mexico

New York
Binghamton University
SUNY Plattsburgh

North Carolina
East Carolina University
North Carolina Central University

North Dakota
North Dakota State University

Ohio
Cleveland State University
Kent State University
University of Toledo

Oklahoma
Oklahoma State University

Oregon
University of Oregon

Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Widener University

Rhode Island
University of Rhode Island

South Carolina
South Carolina State University
Winthrop University

South Dakota
University of South Dakota

Tennessee
Tennessee State University
University of Memphis
University of Tennessee at Martin

Texas
Prairie View A&M University
Texas State University    
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
University of Texas at San Antonio

Utah
Southern Utah University
University of Utah
Utah Valley University

Virginia
Virginia State University

Washington
Washington State University

West Virginia
Marshall University
West Virginia University

Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin – River Falls
University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

Wyoming
University of Wyoming  

 

Canada

Alberta
University of Calgary

 

Puerto Rico

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

 

 

Student Testimonials

"More U.S Students are studying abroad, but is it enough? Less than 10% of American college students study abroad and a strong global acumen is no longer an advantage but rather a necessity for business minded students.

My junior year, the spring 2016 semester, I was lucky enough to study abroad for 15 weeks in Rome, Italy. During my time there I was able to visit 10 other countries and learn eight new ways to say “cheers”. By expanding my studies overseas, I was able to embark on once in a lifetime adventures such as ATV through the Greek Islands, run my first half marathon, see Cristiano Ronaldo play live, attend Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Square and visit incredible sites such as the Anne Frank House, Mt. Vesuvius, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and my grandmother’s hometown in Southern Italy.

When you suddenly pick up and move 4,300 miles away it takes you out of your element and enables you to learn in ways that you never knew existed. The new perspective you gain provides you with a new lens to understand people and cultures unlike your own. Your study abroad experience doesn’t end when you fly home because it is the best investment you can make in yourself. You will return home more flexible and independent having learned how to embrace saying “yes” to everything and that getting lost is a good thing because that is when you learn the most about yourself. I can guarantee you that studying abroad is the best and most transformative decision that you can possibly make in college."

 - Bobby McSorley, Supply Chain Management, Class of 2017

 

"During the spring semester of 2014 I was given the honor of being the first Rutgers Business School student to study in the College of Management at the prestigious National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, the capital of the island that is well known for night markets, Asian food,  curious tourists, and friendly locals. Interestingly enough, I arrived during a time of political dissent and witnessed the largest student-run protest regarding Taiwan-China trade relations, a conflict that has been unresolved for Taiwan’s economy for a long time. On my way to class, I would see media channels surrounding the University to capture footage of the protest’s founder, who was a political science graduate student at the University I was attending. As a result of experiencing this unprecedented historical event, I was able to see into the unique lives of many small business owners, students, and migrant workers. During my stay, I was able to learn so much about the trials and hardships that Taiwanese people have overcome to have their livelihoods, and how important they felt the student movement was to their economic and political freedom. Upon returning to America, I have returned as a different person, carrying the stories of so many people whom I can wholeheartedly say that I think of everyday, even though they live halfway across the globe. If you are considering studying abroad, I encourage you to go with an open heart eager to learn from others. You will be changed by the stories of others and become a more compassionate leader in whatever field you pursue in the future."

 - Sarah Luo, Finance and Business Analytics and IT, Class of 2015

 

"Last year I was studying at Melbourne University in Victoria, Australia. Most of the students in the Faculty of Business and Economics were international students from all over the world. They changed my perspective about the world and made my  experience     unforgettable. Also, during my time in Australia I had a lot of first time experiences that made me grow as a person. One  of the things that I missed the most is O-Week, the city, and the people that I met. My time at Melbourne University was a once in a lifetime experience."

 -Jovani Ramirez, Accounting, Class of 2016.