Frequently Asked Questions for Visiting Students



Q: What plans may I exchange to Stony Brook on?
A: Stony Brook is open on Plan A, which means we will accept all NSE applicants who will pay our in state tuition and fees.  International students (not Canadian) will be accepted on Plan A only.

Stony Brook is uneven on Plan B, which means we will accept slightly more NSE applicants who want to pay their home school tuition and fees than the number of Stony Brook students we place going out on Plan B.  It is more difficult to be placed at Stony Brook on Plan B.

Stony Brook usually closes on Plan B after the first choice placement session at the conference.  There normally will be no late placements on Plan B.  If you don’t understand what this means, check with your coordinator!

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Q: What about financial aid?
A: You should check with your home school to find out if you should apply on the FAFSA to Stony Brook or if your home school will be handling your financial aid.  You will not be eligible for any New York State aid; however, any federal programs for which you are eligible will be granted.  You will not be eligible for federal college work study while on exchange, however; but it has been my experience that any NSE student who wants to work is able to get a job on or off campus easily and quickly!

We have a financial aid counselor who is a liaison for NSE students who will answer all your questions.

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Q: What courses may I take on exchange at Stony Brook?
A: In the Directory and on the website are those disciplines that are closed or limited for NSE students.  Flexibility in your academic planning will be an asset.

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Q: Do I need a certain grade point average?
A: In order to go on exchange you will need to adhere to your home campus requirements. 

If your home campus does not require a higher g.p.a., you must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 to continue on a year-long exchange at Stony Brook.

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Q: Can I be a late placement at Stony Brook?
A: Stony Brook will remain open on Plan A for late placement until May 1 for the following fall semester or academic year.  Stony Brook does not accept placements for spring-only exchange.

Normally, there are no late placements on Plan B.

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Q: Does Stony Brook accept Study Abroad/Canadian Partners/International Students for NSE?
A: Stony Brook is a Canadian Partner institution (Plan A or B) and will accept international students on study visas (Plan A only); however, we do not accept students on NSE for our Study Abroad or International Exchange Programs.

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Q. What are the rules and regulations governing Canadian Partner NSE students or students on international study visas?
A. All students who are not American citizens or permanent residents who come to Stony Brook on NSE (either from Canadian Partner institutions or on international student visas) must adhere to all U.S. government rules and regulations pertaining to international students.  There is a section in the NSE directory (which is available on-line at: www.nse.org ) that summarizes “Procedures for Canadian Exchange.”  In either case, you should contact the NSE coordinator when you submit your Placement Acceptance Form.  Our International Academic Programs Office will provide you with necessary information about requirements so that you don’t inadvertently jeopardize your exchange. 

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Q: When will I receive information about housing, registration, enrollment, etc.?
A: After the Stony Brook coordinator receives your acceptance of placement, important material will be sent to you. It will include housing information, a non-matriculated application form, and all the information you need to create a viable schedule for the first semester of your placement. 

Make sure you read all the material sent to you and return everything in a timely fashion.  It will improve your chances of getting your first choice classes.  The housing deposit deadline is May 1st.

The coordinator will register you for classes; you will not register yourself.

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Q: May I bring my car to Stony Brook? What is transportation like?
A: You certainly may bring your car and register it on campus, either as a resident student or a commuter, if you choose to live off campus. 

Stony Brook is approximately 60 miles east of Manhattan (about 1.5 to 2 hours drive or train ride).  Local public bus transportation is available to nearby shopping centers and towns.  Additionally, the free Stony Brook University bus system is comprehensive and covers all of campus and the nearest major shopping malls and town.  Of course, if you’re used to driving everywhere, then you’ll miss your car!

We have a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train station right on campus.  You can hop the train and find yourself at Penn Station at 34th Street (where Madison Square Garden is) in Manhattan in a short time!  Very convenient!

Our closest airport is MacArthur Airport in Islip (pronounced “ice-lip”) about 20 minutes’ drive.  This is certainly the most convenient airport.  The other two are Kennedy and LaGuardia.  You’d have to count on 2 hours travel (considering traffic) to Stony Brook from them.

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Q: When should I plan on arriving?
A: Information from the Coordinator will include the dates of arrival and when your mandatory NSE orientation will be held.  The orientation is usually one or two days before classes start.  You get a chance to meet the other NSE students and have most of your questions answered.  Social plans for the semester are also discussed at this time.

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Q: When will I be notified of my housing assignment and/or my bill?
A: You should be hearing from Campus Residences sometime in late July regarding your housing assignment.

We no longer mail bills; your student account is available on-line and accessible when you are given a Stony Brook ID number. If you are on Plan A you will be responsible for New York State tuition and fees, and room and board, if you are living on campus.  If you are on Plan B, you will pay your home school tuition and fees, and be responsible for room and board, if you are living on campus.

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Q: Are there student discount airfares available?
A: Here are a few websites that might be useful when you are searching for lower airfare rates for your trip to your host campus.


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