Exchange Students

We are glad you are considering PSU for your study away experience!  If you are a student at one of our partner institutions, we welcome you to apply to study abroad at PSU. We have so much to offer our exchange students:

  • Comprehensive Orientation including cultural and social events
  • Center for Global Engagement, a home away from home
  • Many campus resources, support services, gym/fitness center, outdoors center, ice arena and more!
  • Monthly events sponsored by the campus and by Center for Global Engagement
  • Become involved – Over 100 clubs, Conversation Partners, Language Circles International Student Association,

Testimonials from Exchange Students

Health Insurance Requirements

As a J-1 exchange student to Plymouth State, you must purchase the minimum requirement for health insurance coverage for the entire duration of your program in the USA. This is required by the United States Department of State.

  • Medical benefits of at least $100,00 per accident or illness
  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000
  • Expenses associated with medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $50,000
  • A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness

Plymouth State University does not offer insurance for any of its students. You are free to to purchase an insurance plan from any provider or carrier that meets the above requirements. PSU exchange students to our overseas university partners purchase travel insurance with CISI, which also provides insurance plans  for J-1 exchange students to the USA. Learn more at the CISI site:

NOTE: Upon your arrival at Plymouth State, please ensure you have evidence of sufficient health insurance coverage (In English) for your entire length of the program. If you do not have coverage upon your arrival, you will have to purchase health insurance in order to remain at Plymouth State University as an exchange student.

Academic Information

Generally speaking, exchange students have the option to take most courses at Plymouth State. Certain restrictions may apply if students do not have the appropriate background or if a class is reserved for students in a particular major (e.g. PSU Students in the Graphic Design major have priority in registering for Photography 1). The Center for Global Engagement office works closely with you, the faculty/advisors and the registrar’s office to ensure you are registered in suitable courses for your major at your home institution. Not all courses are offered every semester, so when picking potential courses you would like to take at PSU, make sure you also have substitute options.

Academic Course catalog (Links to course options by dept., semester and full PDFs of the course catalog)

Academic Calender  (Important Dates for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters)

NOTE: If English is not your first language, be sure to include with your application some documentation of your English language ability  that ensures you will succeed taking university courses in English (e.g. TOEFL score, IELTS score, etc.)

On-Campus Housing Information

Plymouth State University offers plenty of on-campus housing options for incoming exchange students. Once your exchange application has been received, you will receive an email from Kathy Peverly, Housing Service Coordinator, who will assist you with the housing application process. In the mean time, you can research housing options with the link below.

Explore housing options at the Residential Life Office page

Explore dining/meal plan options

Financial Information

In order to come to PSU as a J-1 exchange student, you must be able to provide  financial evidence (bank statement, scholarship letter, etc.) to cover the minimum associated costs with your stay:

  • Housing ($3,375/semester, $6750/year, Basic Double*) More Housing Option Costs
  • Meal Plan ($1,429/semester, $2858/year, Basic Plan*) More Meal Plan Option Costs 
  • Living Costs ($800/semester, $1600/year, this an estimate, costs will vary)
  • Health Insurance ($320/semester, $640/year, this is an estimate, costs will vary)
  • Minimum total to be shown as financial evidence  ($5,924/semester, $11,848/year)

*These are 2014/2015 prices. An increase may occur for the 2015/2016 year

Exchange Application

If you are interested in coming to PSU with an exchange program, please contact the International Programming Coordinator, Thomas Janis (, 603-535-3371) If you would like to apply for the exchange program at PSU, please fill out the following forms. Send high quality scans in an email attachment to and/or mail originals to: Plymouth State University Thomas Janis Center for Global Engagement 17 High Street, MSC 62 Plymouth, NH, USA 03264-1595

Once your completed exchange application and all supporting documents are received, it will be processed in a timely manner. If you meet the requirements for the exchange, you will receive an acceptance package which will include  additional instructions on applying and obtaining your J-1 visa and additional pre-departure information including instructions on entering the United States. If at any time you have questions, please contact Thomas Janis, International Programming Coordinator,, 603-535-3374