ISEP processes applications for placements throughout the year, although
priority deadlines for two main placement rounds do exist. Please
remember that ISEP only accepts applications for students nominated
by their home institution, so submit all materials directly to your
home Coordinator. If interested in the path your application
will take once submitted, please read about the Placement
There is no priority deadline for ISEP-Direct semester or year-long programs. Check the sites available for application on our homepage for further details. Placements are made on a rolling admissions basis and students generally have a good chance of placement.
For ISEP-Exchanges, your institution will likely
have an earlier deadline in order to review and mail applications
to ISEP. Check with your ISEP Coordinator.
|ISEP-Exchange & Summer Priority Deadline
ISEP accepts applications after these
dates, but your choice of sites may be much more limited if
your application arrives later.
|SM1 or AY: Semester 1 or Academic Year
(programs beginning in July, August or September)
|SM2: Semester 2
(programs beginning in January, February or March)
||Varies by program
Summer programs for individual deadlines.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if I miss the priority deadline? Does this mean I won't
be able to participate in an ISEP program?
It really depends on the site to which you are applying. Certain
sites can take late or last-minute applicants, while sites with
limited space might fill up very quickly before you have a chance
to submit your application. Sites listed with E* or I* will definitely
be among the first to fill up.
Whether you submit your application early or several weeks
after placement season begins, it is always a good idea to list
as many universities as possible on your Host Site Request List, as this
improves your chances of placement. Listing several universities
doesn't mean you will necessarily be disqualified from your
top choice(s). ISEP always attempts to place students
in one of their top three choices.
There must also be enough time remaining for your home Coordinator,
ISEP, and the host institution to review your application in
time for processing, and for you to get a visa and make travel
arrangements. Getting a visa can take weeks or even months
for some countries.
For students studying outside the USA, the Sites Open for
students | International
students) will let you know which sites are still available
after the priority deadline.
Is it better to submit an incomplete application on time or a complete
application a little bit later?
Generally speaking, it is best to submit a complete application
- even if it's late - rather than sending in part of your application
on time. Priority is always given to complete applications,
and a placement cannot be finalized until the entire application
If I submit my application before the priority deadline, will I
get a faster response or have a better chance?
No, not for ISEP-Exchanges. ISEP does not begin reviewing
Exchange applications until after the priority deadline in order
to give all students an equal opportunity to apply since there
are only a certain number of Exchange spaces available.
Note: Some sites do accept applications in the February placement
round for SM2 placements. Check
with your Coordinator.
Students applying for ISEP-Direct are reviewed as received on
a rolling basis, and there is usually a good chance of placement at ISEP-Direct sites. Consult the sties available for application on our homepage for further details.
Who do I contact if I have a question about the status of my application?
The primary contact for any ISEP program is your local ISEP
Coordinator. All information and status reports are sent electronically
to the Coordinator.
ISEP Central concentrates on processing applications and serves
as a resource to the Coordinator; please do not contact the
Central Office as this will only delay your application.
How long until I know if I’m accepted?
You should receive your placement packet within eight weeks
from the day your application arrives at ISEP. Sometimes the
process takes longer because of issues to be resolved or because
the host institution needs additional time to review your application.
For details, read about the Placement