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May 23, 2016
Interested in sending students to France?

Join us for the ISEP France Campus Tour from September 18th-23rd to find out more about course offerings, new initiatives, operating procedures, lodging facilities, academic and administrative support, student activity and excursion programs at ISEP France universities. For more information and registration, please view the full itinerary HERE.
You can also view the program promo flyer HERE.

May 13, 2016
Press Release: ISEP Receives Recognition for Work in Study Abroad Access Initiatives

The ISIC award for increasing access in global student mobility was this year awarded to ISEP Study Abroad for work in diversifying the population of students participating in study abroad and exchange. Official Press Release.

April 18, 2016 9:00 a.m. EDT
Update: Earthquake in Japan

Update: All ISEP students are accounted for and safe. There was no damage to our member universities in Japan. Our thoughts are with all affected by this earthquake.

April 18, 2016
Mexico Travel Warning

ISEP is aware of the revised issued Travel Warning for Mexico by the United States Department of State on April 15, 2016. We continue to monitor the situation and are in constant contact with our ISEP Coordinators in Mexico. All ISEP Programs in Mexico continue as scheduled and ISEP continues to accept applications for these programs. To consult sites open for application, please visit our homepage.

April 17, 2016 12:00 p.m. EDT
Update: Earthquake in Ecuador

Update: April 17, 2014: All ISEP students are accounted for and safe. There was no damage to our member university, Universidad Casa Grande's campus in Cuenca. We are working with our partners to assess the situation on campus in Guayaquil. Our thoughts are with all affected by this earthquake.

April 16, 2016
Earthquake in Ecuador

On April 16th at approximately 8:00 p.m. EDT a 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurred in the coastal regions of Ecuador. A tsunami warning has been issued.

Your safety is our number one priority. In light of the recent earthquake in Ecuador, we are doing a check-in with students in country to be assured of your safety, health and well-being.

Please respond immediately to ISEP in one of the following ways:
• Reply to this email using the word “safe”
• Check-in on the ISEP Study Abroad Facebook page by posting “safe”

If you are not able to reply to this email or check in on Facebook please use one of these other means:
· Ask a friend to do so for you
· Call or text your host ISEP Coordinator directly
· Call or text your home ISEP Coordinator directly

Once you have confirmed your safety and whereabouts, we will notify your host and home ISEP Coordinators. Your home ISEP Coordinator will then notify your emergency contact.
We strongly recommend you notify your parents or loved ones regarding your whereabouts and safety, to prevent additional worry.

For additional emergency resources, we urge you to:
· Review our ISEP Health and Safety Policy.
· Follow any instructions given by your host institutions, embassy, local law enforcement and media.
· Speak with your ISEP Program Officer, Amanda Batista, abatista@isep.org if you do not feel safe and let us know your situation.
· Contact UHC Global, for help. You can connect with them directly at this number: +(1) 410-453-6330

Our hearts go out to all affected by this earthquake. We will continue to monitor this situation and will provide more information as it is made available. For more information, we recommend following our website and #ISEPAlerts on the @ISEPStudyAbroad Twitter feed for real-time updates.


April 15, 2016 2:45 p.m. EDT
Update: Japan Earthquakes
On April 15th at 3:25 GMT another earthquake occurred in Kumamoto, Japan. A tsunami warning was issued and quickly lifted 50 minutes after the event.
We began contacting students yesterday after the first earthquake and we will continue to monitor this situation.
We recommend checking this website and #ISEPAlerts on the @ISEPStudyAbroad Twitter feed for real-time updates.
We continue to send our thoughts to our students and members in Japan.

April 14, 2016 11:30 a.m. EDT
Earthquake in Japan
On April 14, 2016 at 9:26 p.m. GMT a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck east of Kumamoto city, on the island of Kyushu in Japan. While we don’t have students studying in this particular area, we are working to ensure the safety, health and well-being of our students and members throughout Japan.
We will continue to monitor this situation and will provide more information as it is made available. We recommend following our website and #ISEPAlerts on the @ISEPStudyAbroad Twitter feed for real-time updates.
Our hearts go out to all of our friends and families both here and abroad affected by this earthquake.

April 7, 2016
Update- Tropical Cyclone Zena
3:15 p.m. EDT

All ISEP Students are accounted for and safe. There was no damage done to our member institution, University of the South Pacific located in Fiji. Normal operations have resumed on all campuses at the university.

April 6, 2016
Tropical Cyclone Zena -Fiji

On April 5, 2016 the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji issued a notice about a tropical cyclone forecast for Fiji. The cyclone is projected to hit Wednesday and Thursday. The warning is as follows:

The U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji, informs U.S. citizens residing in or visiting our consular district (Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, French Polynesia, and Wallis & Futuna) of a tropical cyclone forecast for Fiji. Regional meteorological services predict there is a high risk that effects from Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Zena will directly impact Fiji Wednesday and Thursday. Rainfall accumulation, strong winds, and increased flooding are expected. A flood warning remains in force for low-lying areas in the Western Division, including Nadi.

In preparation for this storm, all students at the University of the South Pacific have been notified and are in touch with ISEP staff who are ready to implement all necessary safety protocols.

To prepare for the impending storm, we urge all students to:

1. Respond immediately to any calls or “check-in” emails from ISEP, as it is an essential part of our emergency and safety protocols to make sure you are safe and accounted for.
2. Contact your parents or emergency contact to let them know you are safe and about your planned whereabouts during the storm to prevent extra worry.
3. Sign up for storm alerts to stay abreast and vigilant as the situation unfolds. Please look to your host institution, embassy, local law enforcement and media for additional updates.
4. Carry a fully charged cell phone with you at all times, in the case of an emergency or a power outage.
5. Contact your host ISEP Coordinator if you have any problems or follow-up questions.

Additionally, the university requests students to note the following:

· On-campus students are requested to stay indoors and not to risk themselves and others by stepping outside their residence during the cyclone. Should there be a need for evacuation, the P&F staff will be in touch with you.
· Off campus students are requested to take care of themselves and their families and not risk coming to campus during this period of closure.
· Faculty Deans, Heads of Schools and Heads of Departments/Sections are requested to ensure that all items within their schools and sections are secure and safe from damage. It was noted that during TC Winston, items were left outside and contributed to the flying debris.
· The USP DISMAC team shall maintain communication with staff, students and essential services during the closure.
· Properties and Facilities will ensure security of all properties and persons on the campuses and provision of water and running of generators as required.
· ITS will ensure that the USP email systems works so that you all are able to read messages and communicate as needed.
· Further regular communications shall be issued by the USP DISMAC Team through DMCA.

After the storm, if communication means are functioning, please immediately confirm your safety with your parents or emergency contacts, host ISEP Coordinator and assigned ISEP Program Officer. We understand there may be power outages.
Students can let us know about their safety in the following ways:
1. E-mail: aciero@isep.org
2. Phone: 703-504-9994
3. Social Media: Check-in on Facebook on our closed Facebook Group with the words “safe”

Throughout the storm, we will be closely monitoring the situation and will be in touch with both you and your home ISEP Coordinator to relay back any information regarding your safety.
We will also provide any new updates on the storm and actions required. We recommend following our website and #ISEPAlerts on the @ISEPStudyAbroad Twitter feed for real-time updates.

April 5, 2016
Update: This Travel Warning for Colombia replaces the Travel Warning dated June 5, 2015.

ISEP is aware of the Travel Warning for Colombia issued by the United States Department of State on April 5, 2016. We continue to monitor the situation and are in constant contact with our ISEP Coordinators in Colombia. All ISEP programs in Colombia continue as scheduled and ISEP continues to accept applications for these programs. We have notified all students on-site and their home coordinators and have provided them additional reminders regarding health and safety.

March 29, 2016
Update: This Travel Warning for Turkey replaces the Travel Warning dated March 17, 2016.

On March 29, 2016, The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey. The U.S. Department of State ordered the departure of family members of U.S. government personnel posted to U.S. Consulate in Adana and family members of U.S. government civilians in Izmir and Mugla provinces, and restricted official travel to Turkey to “mission-critical” travel only. U.S. Consulate in Adana remains open and will provide all routine consular services.
At this point in time, all ISEP programs will continue to run as usual, however we will be closely monitoring the situation in conjunction with our global security partner, UHC Global. In the case that this warning becomes elevated, we want to ensure all students and their families that our emergency contingency plans and protocols are in place to assist students immediately.
Student safety is our number one priority. All students studying in Turkey have been notified of the elevated warning and will remain in constant contact with ISEP regarding the situation. We urge all students traveling in or to Turkey to:

1. Sign up for travel alerts to stay abreast and vigilant of the situation as it unfolds
2. Carry a fully charged cell phone at all times, in the case of an emergency
3. Try to avoid areas that have been targeted in attacks (i.e. southeastern Turkey, Ankara, Istanbul, crowded tourist areas and public transportation systems or where public demonstrations are gathering)
4. Respond immediately to any calls or emails from ISEP staff, as it is an essential part of our Emergency & Crisis Management plan to keep students safe

We recommend following this section of our website, the ISEP Facebook Page@ISEPStudyAbroad Twitter feed5:42 PM 3/29/2016 for emergency updates.

March 28, 2016
Shooting at the U.S. Capitol building

3 p.m. EDT
On Monday, March 28th at approximately 3 p.m. EDT a shooting took place at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Media outlets are reporting one bystander injury and that this was a singular criminal act, not an act of terrorism. All ISEP staff and students are safe.

March 22, 2016
Bombings in Brussels, Belgium

9:00 AM EDT
UPDATE: All ISEP students studying in Belgium are accounted for and safe..

Belgian officials have confirmed that two bombings occurred in Belgium, one at the Brussels Zaventem Airport, and another at the Maelbeek metro station. In response to this morning’s attacks, security measures in Brussels and across other major European cities are being heightened and all public transportation in Belgium has been suspended.

All students in studying in Europe have been notified about the attacks, and we will continue to provide them updates as the situation unfolds. To be assured of the safety, health and well-being of all of our students, ISEP staff is conducting a check-in with all ISEP students studying in and traveling throughout Europe.

We urge all ISEP studying in and traveling throughout Europe to check-in with ISEP in one of the following ways:
• Comment on our Facebook post using the word “safe”
• Reply to your ISEP check-in email using the word “safe”
• Call or text your host ISEP Coordinator directly
• Call or text your home ISEP Coordinator directly
• Call or text your ISEP Program Officer


We strongly recommend you notify your parents or loved ones regarding your whereabouts and safety, to prevent additional worry.

For additional emergency resources, we urge all ISEP students to:
• Follow any instructions given by your host institutions, embassy, local law enforcement and media.
• Speak with your ISEP Program Officer, if you do not feel safe and let us know your situation.
• Contact our global security partners,UHC Global, for help.

Our hearts go out to all affected by these attacks.

In conjunction with our global security partners,UHC Global, we will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide students and members with any necessary updates. We recommend following #ISEPAlerts on the @ISEPStudyAbroad Twitter feed for real-time updates.

March 22, 2016
Bombings in Brussels, Belgium

7:00 AM EDT
On March 22nd at approximately 8:00 a.m. local time two bombings occurred in the Brussels airport and one in a metro station in Belgium.

ISEP is working closely with our global emergency partners, UHC Global and our host ISEP coordinators to ensure the safety, health and well-being of our students and members.

Our hearts go out to all affected by these bombings.

We will continue to monitor this situation and will provide more information as it is made available. We also recommend following our website and #ISEPAlerts on the @ISEPStudyAbroad Twitter feed for real-time updates.

March 21, 2016
Update: Suicide Bombing in Istanbul

10:30 AM EDT
All ISEP Students are accounted for and safe. Our hearts go out to all both here and abroad affected by this terrible attack.

March 19, 2016
Suicide Bombing in Istanbul

On March 19, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. local time, a suicide bombing occurred in a popular shopping district in Istanbul. While we do not currently have students studying in Istanbul, we understand that students may be visiting or traveling through the city.

We are working currently ensuring the safety, health and well-being of our students and members in the region.

We will continue to monitor this situation and will provide more information as it is made available. Our hearts go out to all of our friends and families here and abroad affected by this incident.

Marc 17, 2016
Update: Travel Warning for Turkey

1:30PM EST
The U.S. Department of State issued an updated travel warning advising anyone traveling in and to Turkey to be attentive because of increased terror threats from international and indigenous groups. This replaces the travel warning of February 29, 2016.

At this point in time, all ISEP programs will continue to run as usual. However, because student safety is our number one priority, we urge all students in Turkey or traveling through Turkey to:

1. Sign up for travel alerts to stay abreast and vigilant of the situation as it unfolds.
2. Carry a fully charged cell phone with you at all times, in the case of an emergency.
3. Avoid travel to southeastern Turkey, particularly near the Syrian border.
4. Stay away from large crowds, including at popular tourist destinations.
5. Exercise heightened vigilance and caution when visiting public access areas, especially those heavily frequented by tourists.
6. Stay away from political gatherings and rallies.
7. Follow the instructions of local authorities in an emergency.
8. Monitor local media.
9. Respond immediately to any calls or emails from ISEP staff, as it is an essential part of our Emergency & Crisis Management plan to keep you safe.
10. Contact their host ISEP Coordinator if they have any problems or follow-up questions.

In the case that this warning becomes elevated, we want to ensure all students and their families that our emergency contingency plans and protocols are in place to assist students immediately.

In conjunction with UHC Global, we will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide students, ISEP staff and member institutions with any necessary updates via email.

February 22, 2016
Update: Tropical Cyclone Winston

10:15PM EST
ISEP has confirmed that all students in at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji are safe after Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall. Our thoughts continue to be with to the people of Fiji who have been affected by this major storm. Our sincere thanks goes out to the University of the South Pacific for their consistent communications about the health, safety, and wellbeing of our students and the campus throughout the storm.

February 29, 2016
Updated Turkey Travel Warning

ISEP is aware of the travel warning for Turkey issued by the United States Department of State on February 29, 2016. We continue to monitor the situation and are in constant contact with our ISEP Coordinators in Turkey. All ISEP programs in Turkey continue as scheduled and ISEP continues to accept applications for these programs. We have notified all students on-site and their home coordinators and have provided them additional reminders regarding health and safety.

February 19, 2016
Tropical Cyclone Winston to reach Fiji

1:30PM EST
ISEP is aware that a Category 5 cyclone is expected to reach Fiji on Saturday afternoon FJT . We are working through our emergency protocols and with UHC Global in preparation for the event to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of students in that area.

February 8, 2016
Earthquake in Taiwan

Our hearts go out to the people of Taiwan affected by the earthquake that occurred on February 5, 2016. ISEP can report that there was no damage to our member university, Providence University, located in central Taiwan. All students have been confirmed safe.

February 5, 2016
Turkey Travel Warning

ISEP is aware of the revised issued Travel Warning for Turkey by the United States Department of State on February 4, 2016. We continue to monitor the situation and are in constant contact with our ISEP Coordinators in Turkey. All ISEP Programs in Turkey continue as scheduled and ISEP continues to accept applications for these programs. To consult sites open for application, please visit our homepage.

February 3, 2016
Mexico Travel Warning

ISEP is aware of the revised issued Travel Warning for Mexico by the United States Department of State on January 19, 2016. We continue to monitor the situation and are in constant contact with our ISEP Coordinators in Mexico. All ISEP Programs in Mexico continue as scheduled and ISEP continues to accept applications for these programs. To consult sites open for application, please visit our homepage.

February 2, 2016
Zika Virus

ISEP is currently monitoring developments regarding the Zika virus. ISEP programs in associated areas will continue to run as usual. Students should follow CDC guidelines on prevention and protection. ISEP will continue to monitor the situation and make determinations regarding our programs accordingly if the situation changes.

January 19, 2016
New President for ISEP

Please join us in welcoming Dr. John S. Lucas as ISEP’s President and CEO. On his first day in the office, Dr. Lucas shared this message with the ISEP community.

December 21, 2015
Save the Date: 2016 ISEP Site Tour

Mark your calendars for the ISEP 2016 Site Tour to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay!

The ISEP site tour will run from October 17-21 2016 and will include visits to Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Santiago, Chile; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso in Valparaiso, Chile; and Universidad de Palermo and Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

There will be an optional add-on for visits on October 24-25, 2016 to Universidad Católica de Córdoba and Universidad Blas Pascal in Córdoba, Argentina and Universidad Católica del Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay.

November 12, 2015
Press Release: New ISEP President and CEO Appointed: John S. Lucas, Ph.D
The ISEP Board of Directors have appointed John S. Lucas, Ph.D as ISEP’s new President and CEO. Lucas was selected after an extensive national and international search and vetting process by the Board of Directors. He comes to ISEP with two decades of experience in higher education and student mobility. Official Press Release.

September 6, 2015
ISEP Emergency Response
Our policies regard student emergencies as private matters involving institutions, students and their families. We follow our emergency protocol in communication and insurance, helping in all ways necessary and possible. Student privacy is respected at all times. Should the media have a question regarding our privacy policy, they should contact ISEP President & CEO Mary Anne Grant. All other communications regarding student issues are handled by Regional Directors.

Our emergency polices for further clarification:

ISEP Emergency Response
ISEP Student Handbook – Emergencies
ISEP Health and Safety Policy
Emergency Reference for ISEP Coordinators

June 8, 2015
Mary Anne Grant Announces Retirement
ISEP President and CEO Mary Anne Grant announced her plans to retire during the May 26 ISEP Network Reception in Boston, Massachusetts. Opportunities for the membership to recognize Mary Anne for her 34 years of leadership will be shared in the coming months. PDF .

December 12, 2014
In memory of Tony Emmerson
Members throughout the ISEP Network are mourning the unexpected passing of Tony Emmerson, retired Coordinator at the University of Ulster. A former member of the Council of Advisors, he remained connected to ISEP after retirement; many of us enjoyed seeing him at the May 2014 ISEP reception in San Diego. Tony’s active commitment to international education is detailed in this tribute by the Irish Association for American Studies.

June 30, 2014
ISEP remembers Hong Rost
It is with deep sadness that ISEP shares the news of the death of ISEP Coordinator Hong Rost (University of Wisconsin – Stout).
A long-time ISEP supporter, Hong was known throughout the ISEP Network. Read her obituary .

May 19, 2014
ISEP Joins Generation Study Abroad Initiative
The ISEP Network has pledged to join the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. ISEP has committed to increasing participation in its programs at least 50% over the next five years by working through its member institutions.
PRESS RELEASE PDF

April 2014
ISEP is aware of the revised issued Travel Warning for Colombia by the United States Department of State on April 14, 2014. We continue to monitor the situation and are in constant contact with our ISEP Coordinators in Colombia. All ISEP Programs in Colombia continue as scheduled and ISEP continues to accept applications for these programs. To consult sites open for application, please visit our homepage.

August 2013
ISEP Welcomes ACLS Public Fellow
Dr. Anna Armentrout, a 2013 ACLS Public Fellow, joins the ISEP Central Office as Associate Director for Special Projects and will help advance strategic projects for the organization. PRESS RELEASE PDF

July 2013
ISEP is aware of the revised issued Travel Warning for Mexico by the United States Department of State on July 12, 2013. We continue to monitor the situation and are in constant contact with our ISEP Coordinators in Mexico. All ISEP Programs in Mexico continue as scheduled and ISEP continues to accept applications for these programs. To consult sites open for application, please visit our homepage.

May 22, 2012
President of ISEP Receives Distinguished Alumna Award
Mary Anne Grant, President and CEO of the International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP), was named Distinguished Alumna of the Year by the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, an active ISEP member. The university honored Grant during the annual Legends and Leaders Dinner in Chattanooga and during the May 5 commencement ceremony. PRESS RELEASE PDF

February 9, 2012
Programs in Mexico – UPDATE
ISEP is aware of the revised issued Travel Warning for Mexico by the United States Department of State on February 8, 2012. We continue to monitor the situation and are in constant contact with our ISEP Coordinators in Mexico. All ISEP Programs in Mexico continue as scheduled and ISEP continues to accept applications for these programs. To consult sites open for application, please visit our homepage.

July 26, 2011
2011 New Coordinator Workshop announced

Introductory training session to be held in our Arlington, VA office on October 27-28

May 23, 2011
ISEP Network assists students during global crises
One of the highlights of ISEP membership is the collaboration throughout the network that enables students and faculty to benefit from the academic programs and support systems of member institutions. The benefits of this collaboration have been evident this year, as ISEP coordinators and central staff worked together to find quick, viable study alternatives for students studying abroad in Egypt during the protests and in Japan after the earthquake.

May 13, 2011
ISEP remembers Board Vice Chairman Tony Adams
It is with great sadness that ISEP shares the news of the death of our colleague Tony Adams, ISEP Board Vice Chairman and good friend. After a brief battle with cancer, Tony passed away May 12, 2011, in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia.

May 2, 2011
Programs in Mexico – UPDATE
ISEP is aware of the revised Travel Warning issued for Mexico by the United States Department of State on April 22, 2011. We continue to monitor the situation and are in constant contact with our ISEP Coordinators in Mexico. All ISEP Programs in Mexico continue as scheduled and ISEP continues to accept applications for these programs. To consult sites open for application, please visit our homepage.

March 23, 2011
ISEP Update regarding Earthquake in Japan
US Department of State Travel Alert
Information for Americans in Japan
We continue to monitor and assess the situation in Japan very carefully.  We have read the State Department notices, which at this time offer voluntary departure rather than mandated evacuation, and we are in constant contact with our member institutions, which are located in various cities in Japan.  We try to address each situation in a nuanced way and at this time are not requiring any students to leave Japan. We respect the individual decisions made by students and universities regarding ISEP placement in Japan, and please do not hesitate to contact Spencer Huddleston, Program Officer for Japan at shuddleston@isep.org should you require assistance.

December 13, 2010
ISEP Symposium addresses global challengesPDF pdf

December 8, 2010
ISEP announces Keisha Senter as Keynote Speaker for 2011 SymposiumPDF pdf

September 16, 2010
Programs in Mexico - UPDATE
ISEP is aware of the revised Travel Warning issued for Mexico by the United States Department of State on September 10, 2010. We continue to monitor the situation and are in constant contact with our ISEP Coordinators in Mexico. All ISEP Programs continue as scheduled and ISEP continues to accept applications for semester two in Mexico. To consult sites open for application, please visit our homepage.

June 15, 2010
Ambassador Achievements

May 18, 2010
Spotlight on Success: Spring 2010

November 17, 2009
ISEP Board Welcomes New Members

November 16, 2009
ISEP Spring Tour of Finland - April 18-24, 2010

August 26, 2009
New Coordinator Workshop - October 7-8, 2009

July 10, 2009
Dave Kirk announced as ISEP Ambassador of the Year

May 18, 2009
ISEP Announces Vice PresidentsPDF pdf

April, 2009
ISEP will be in attendance at NAFSA 2009

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