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Applying for study abroad & exchange programs.

First, refer to the web page on this site that describes the program to which you want to apply. Under the top section "How to Apply," you will find the application deadlines and forms that you must submit.

For many programs, you must submit both a SUNY Application AND the host institution application to the SUNY Plattsburgh Global Education Office.

Here is a general checklist for you to submit to the Global Education Office:

  • SUNY Application- can be accessed via our new website:
    • The SUNY Application requires/includes:
      • $35 application fee - payment details are on the front of the application.
      • Official transcripts* - we must have official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. Use the mailing address at the end of this section.
        *SUNY Plattsburgh Students, please note: you too must request official transcripts from the SUNY Plattsburgh Registrar's Office to be sent to us at the address below. Please follow these instructions for requesting a transcript. 
      • Study statement - Type a brief statement explaining why you want to study abroad and how it fits in with your college plans and beyond. Please ask your academic advisor to sign on the bottom of your study statement to acknowledge their awareness and approval of your intentions to study abroad. 
      • Two academic references - On our new, online application simply type in your reference's name and contact information. The software will automatically generate an email to your reference instructing them how to submit their materials. 

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How to apply for National Student Exchange.

NSE is only open to SUNY Plattsburgh students. You will find detailed application instructions on our new website:

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What happens once I apply?

Once the application deadline has passed, we review all applications for completeness and quality. We then send applications that are complete and meet the host institution's minimum eligibility criteria abroad for a final decision. As soon as Study Abroad and Exchanges sends your application abroad, we will mail you a letter notifying you of your nomination and send along other pre-departure information and required forms.

In most cases, host institutions accept the students we nominate. However, there are cases when they do not, and their reasons are mostly due to limited space. For that reason, we ask that you prepare for departure after you have received your first letter from SUNY Plattsburgh, but not to make any financial commitments to the program (i.e., buying a plane ticket) until you have an acceptance letter from your host institution.

You should also note that different countries work at different speeds. Some may not provide you with information as soon as you want it. You may not receive things when you want them, but you will receive them. For some of you, this waiting will be your first experience in culture shock. There is nothing you can do but wait. Study Abroad and Exchanges respects cultural differences and host institution's schedules.

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Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about study abroad and exchange opportunities at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact us at:

Global Education Office
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Phone: (518) 564-3287
Toll-Free Phone: (800) 388-6784
Fax: (518) 564-3292

Location: We are on the second floor of the Kehoe Administration Building on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.