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Guide for Applying to International ISEP Sites

Students from all members are eligible to apply for ISEP-Direct programs worldwide. Please refer to ISEP-Direct Programs & Costs.

If your university is part of the International-to-International (I-to-I) Exchange network, you are eligible to apply for any other I-to-I Exchange program designated here.

For a complete list of all programs available, see the International-to-International Sites Open for Applications.


Language Choices & Requirements

The guidelines below list the language requirements for all sites. Most of the institutions where the language of instruction is not English offer intensive pre-session language programs or supplemental language courses during the academic year.

Institutions in Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as some institutions that offer programs taught in English, require the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or another comparable test of all international applicants who are not native speakers of English.

Courses taught in English are also available in Austria, Botswana, Bulgaria, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ghana (only on Direct), Hungary, Japan, India, Korea, Lithuania, Morocco, The Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand (only on Direct), and the United Arab Emirates.

 

Argentina France New Zealand
Australia Germany Nicaragua
Austria Ghana Poland
Botswana Hungary South Africa
Brazil Hong Kong Spain
Bulgaria India Sweden
Canada Indonesia Switzerland
Chile Italy Thailand
China Japan Taiwan
Columbia Korea United Arab Emirates
Czech Republic Lithuania United Kingdom
Denmark Malaysia Uruguay
Estonia Mexico Vietnam
Fiji Morocco
Finland Netherlands



ARGENTINA

Academic calendar: March to July; July to November/December

Language of instruction: Spanish

Language proficiency requirements: LPR; good command of Spanish language required (minimum of 5 semesters of university-level Spanish). U Salvador offers an ISEP-Direct Intensive Spanish Program (PIC) for students at the beginner level who have taken no more than 3 semesters of Spanish.

Chances of placement: Blas Pascal, Palermo, Córdoba, and Salvador: Very Limited chance of placement on ISEP-Exchange. The number of applicants significantly exceeds the number of openings; each institution is asked to nominate only one candidate for one semester for each of these institutions. Students should consider the ISEP-Direct option.


AUSTRALIA

Academic calendar: Observes Southern Hemisphere calendar. Academic year: February/March through November; Semester 1: February/March to June; Semester 2: July through November.

Language of instruction: English

Language proficiency requirement: Applicants who are not native English speakers and who plan to study in English must submit a minimum TOEFL between 550-580 or IELTS of 6-6.5 depending on which institution you apply to. Please see Directory Pages for more specifics.

Chances of placement: Very Limited chance of placement on ISEP- Exchange at various sites in Australia. Excellent chance of placement on ISEP-Direct at all sites. Students should consider the ISEP-Direct option.


AUSTRIA

Academic calendar: Late September/October to late January; late February/March to late June

Language of instruction: German/English
Graz, Linz, and TU Graz offer a substantial number of courses taught in English and will accept students with little or no prior German language knowledge provided students can find enough courses taught in English in their field of study. Students at Graz and TU Graz with no prior German are required to enroll in a pre-exchange intensive German language course.

Language proficiency requirement: LPR; minimum 1 year of German or English language training. No German necessary if taking classes all in English.

Chances of placement: Graz – Excellent; TU Graz – Excellent; Linz – Excellent

German Options at a glance for International Students


BELGIUM

Academic calendar:  August – December and January – May
Language of instruction: English
Language proficiency requirement: Non-native English speakers must submit a TOFEL.
Chances of placement: Excellent chance of placement on ISEP-Direct.


BOTSWANA

Academic calendar: Late July to early December; early January to early May

Language of instruction: English

Language proficiency requirement: Non-native speakers of English must submit either an LPR or a minimum TOEFL score of 525.

Chances of placement: Limited chance of placement on ISEP-Exchange. Good chance of placement on ISEP-Direct. Must apply by February 15, 2011 for SM1 or SM2 ISEP-Exchange consideration.


BRAZIL

Academic calendar: Early March to mid-July; early August to mid-December

Language of instruction: Portuguese

Language proficiency requirement: LPR; minimum 4 semesters university-level Portuguese language, or advanced-level Spanish. FAAP offers an Extensive Portuguese Language Program (semester-long) for students with little or no Portuguese.

Chances of placement: FAAP: Limited chance of placement on ISEP-Exchange. Excellent chance of placement on ISEP-Direct.


BULGARIA

Academic calendar:  August – December and January – May

Language of instruction: English

Language proficiency requirement: Non-native English speakers must submit a TOFEL.

Chances of placement: Excellent chance of placement on ISEP-Direct.


CANADA

Academic calendar: Early September to December; early January to late April

Language of instruction: English and French

Language proficiency requirement: Applicants who are not native English speakers and who plan to study in English must submit a minimum TOEFL of Brock: 580 / 237 CBT Laurentian: 550 / 213 CBT; TRU: 570 / 230 CBT or an IELTS of Brock: 7; Laurentian: 6.5; TRU: 6.5. Please note: The University of Regina does not require students to submit any type of English language proficiency tests. Please see Directory Pages for more specifics.

Chances of placement: The number of applicants significantly exceeds the number of openings. Each institution is asked to nominate no more than one candidate for Canada. Consider the ISEP-Direct options at Brock, Laurentian, and TRU.


CHILE

Academic calendar: March to July; July to November/December

Language of instruction: Spanish

Language proficiency requirement:  LPR; good command of Spanish language required (5 semesters of university-level Spanish for PUC Valparaiso; 4 semesters for UCN).

Chances of placement: Limited chance of placement on ISEP-Exchange at PUC Valparaíso; the number of applicants exceeds the number of openings. Each institution is asked to nominate only one candidate for one semester. Consider the ISEP-Direct option.  At Universidad Católica del Norte, chance of placement on ISEP-Exchange is Fair to Good.


CHINA

Academic calendar: Early September to mid December; mid February to end May

Language of instruction: English

Language proficiency requirement: LPR indicating proficiency in English; Chinese proficiency not required

Chances of placement: Excellent chance of placement on ISEP-Direct at Sichuan. Good chance of placement on ISEP-Exchange at JUFE.

(see also Taiwan, Hong Kong)


COLUMBIA

Academic calendar: January to May; July to November

Language of instruction: Spanish

Language proficiency requirement: LPR; strong command of Spanish language required (5 semesters of university-level Spanish for Universidad Icesi).

Chances of placement: Limited chance of placement on ISEP-Exchange at Universidad Icesi; the number of applicants exceeds the number of openings. Each institution is asked to nominate only one candidate for one semester.


CZECH REPUBLIC

Academic calendar: September to December; February to May

Language of instruction: English

Language proficiency requirement: LPR

Chances of placement: Chances of placement on ISEP-Exchange are Good. ISEP-Direct offers Excellent chances of placement.


DENMARK

Academic calendar:Late August to mid to late November; Early February to mid May

Language of instruction: English and Danish

Language proficiency requirement: LPR

Chances of placement: Excellent chance of placement.


ESTONIA

Academic calendar: September to December with examinations in January; February to May with examinations in June.

Language of instruction: English, Estonian, and Russian

Language proficiency requirement: LPR

Chances of placement: Good chance of ISEP-Exchange placement. Excellent chance of ISEP-Direct placement.


FiJI

Academic calendar: Observes Southern Hemisphere calendar. Academic year: mid-February to mid-November; Semester 1: mid-February to mid-June; Semester 2: mid-July to mid-November

Language of instruction: English

Language proficiency requirement: Students who are non-native English speakers must have an academic IELTS score of at least 6.

Chances of placement: Only offered on ISEP-Direct; chances of placement are Excellent.


FINLAND

Academic calendar: Early September to late December; early January to May

Language of instruction: English and Finnish

Language proficiency requirement: LPR, TOEFL, or IELTS

Chances of placement: Good chance of placement. Please consider Abo Akademi University, Lappeenranta University of Technology, University of Eastern Finland, and University of Tampere.


FRANCE

Academic calendar: Early/Mid September to January; late January to May/June. Some programs end by late December.

Language of instruction: French

Language proficiency requirement: LPR; minimum 4-5 years French language training for regular university classes.  Less training may be required for language and culture programs.

Chances of placement: Limited. At most sites the demand for placement exceeds the number of places available. Contact program officer for further information.

French Options at a glance for International Students


GERMANY

Academic calendar: Early October to February; late March to July

Language of instruction: German, English

Language proficiency requirement: LPR; minimum 2-3 years German language training for immersion. Dortmund and Trier can accommodate advanced beginners (minimum of 1-2 semesters of German language) through a combination of additional language support and courses taught in English are available. Students with no prior German may choose courses from Marburg-Direct’s IUSP program. Students may take courses all in German at Braunschweig (some English options available)

Language proficiency requirement: LPR and essay in proposed language of instruction; see individual membership directories for specific requirements (TOEFL, etc.).

Chances of placement: Chances of placement in Germany are Excellent.

German Options at a glance for International Students


GHANA

Academic calendar: mid August – mid December; mid January – mid May

Language of instruction: English

Language proficiency requirement: LPR or TOEFL if native language is not English

Chances of placement:  Excellent chance of placement on ISEP-Direct. Not currently available for ISEP-Exchange. Final application deadline is May 15, 2011.


HONG KONG

Academic calendar: Early September to late December; early January to late April

Language of instruction: English

Language proficiency requirement: LPR indicating proficiency in English; Chinese proficiency not required

Chances of placement: Limited



HUNGARY

Academic calendar: September - January; February - June

Language of instruction: English, Hungarian

Language proficiency requirement: LPR. Students wishing to study in Hungary do not need any prior knowledge of Hungarian but must provide proof of sufficient English language proficiency.


INDIA

Academic calendar: late July to late November; January to late April

Language of instruction: English

Language proficiency requirement: LPR, TOEFL, or IELTS

Chances of placement: Excellent (ISEP-Direct only)


INDONESIA

Academic calendar: September to February; February to July

Language of instruction: and Bahasa Indonesian

Language proficiency requirement: LPR

Chances of placement: Good chance of ISEP-Exchange placement.


ITALY

Academic calendar: Mid and late September to mid and late February (joint English and Italian Program at Sacro Cuore ends in December); early and mid February to late June and late July.

Language of instruction: Italian (English and Italian at Sacro Cuore and LIUC)

Language proficiency requirement: LPR; minimum 4 semesters Italian language at Pavia, Trieste and LIUC; 2 semesters of Italian at Urbino. Joint English and Italian Language Program at Sacro Cuore and LIUC for beginners and low intermediate. 

Chances of placement: Fair chance of placement on ISEP-Exchange at Sacro Cuore and LIUC. Chances of placement on ISEP-Direct at Sacro Cuore and Urbino are Excellent. Limited chance of placement on ISEP-Direct at Pavia.


JAPAN

Chukyo – (FY or SM) SM1 = September-December; SM2 = April-July

Nanzan – (SM only) SM1 = September-December; SM2 = January-May

Nihon-Mishima – (FY or SM) SM1 = September-February; SM2 = April-July

Kansai Gaidai - (SM on Exchange, FY or SM on Direct) SM1 = September-December; SM2 = January-May

Rikkyo – (SM or FY) SM1 = September-January; SM2 = April-July

Ritsumeikan – (SM only) SM1 = September-January; SM2 = April-August

Tokyo International – (FY or SM Direct & Exchange) SM1 = September-December; SM2 = March-July

Toyo – (FY only) September-July

Language of instruction: Japanese and English

Language proficiency requirement: LPR, TOEFL, or IELTS required for non-native English speakers. Japanese language requirement varies per institution.

Chances of placement: Nihon-Mishima and Chukyo = Excellent chance of placement; Toyo = Fair chance of placement on Exchange and Direct; Tokyo International = Excellent chance of placement on Direct, Fair chance of placement on Exchange; Nanzan and Ritsumeikan = Limited chance of placement; Kansai Gaidai = Excellent chance of placement on Direct, Temporarily closed on Exchange.


KOREA

Academic calendar: Late August to December; late January/early February to June; Yonsei hosts a summer program from late June to early August and Ajou hosts a summer program from late June to mid August.

Language of instruction: English and Korean

Language proficiency requirement: LPR, TOEFL, or IELTS required for non-US students showing proficiency in English.  (Korean proficiency not required)

Chances of placement: Chance of placement is Good at Korea University and Yonsei University and Excellent at Ajou University, Ewha Womans University, and Keimyung University.


LITHUANIA

Academic calendar: Academic year: late August to late June. Semester 1: early September to late January; Semester 2: from early February to late June. Holidays: Christmas holiday (late December). Easter Holiday (dates vary from year to year), summer vacation: July and August.

Language of instruction:Lithuanian, English, German, French, Russian, Polish

Language proficiency requirement: A minimum of 2 years of university-level of a foreign language, which will be the language of instruction e.g. Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, French, German etc., or the equivalent must be completed prior to the start of studies at Vilnius University; Non-native English speakers should submit a minimum official TOEFL of 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT), IELTS score of minimum 6 or the ISEP Language Proficiency Report.
Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Chances of placement: Good chance of ISEP-Exchange placement.


MALAYSIA

Academic calendar: September to January; February to June

Language of instruction: English and Bahasa Malay

Language proficiency requirement: LPR

Chances of placement: Very Good chance of ISEP-Exchange placement.


MOROCCO

Academic calendar: August – December and January – May

Language of instruction:English

Language proficiency requirement:Non-native English speakers must submit a TOFEL

Chances of placement on on ISEP-Exchange:Good chance of placement on ISEP-Exchange.


MEXICO

Academic calendar: Late July/August to December; mid/late January to late May/June

Language of instruction: Spanish and some English at ITESO, ITESM, UDEM, and Regiomontana (non-native English speakers may be required to demonstrate English language proficiency).

Language proficiency requirement:
UDEM, ITESO, UPAEP, and ITESM (0+ semesters)
Regiomontana (semester or full year) and Guanajuato (only for full year): 2+ semesters of college-level Spanish (or the equivalent)
Guanajuato (semester) and La Salle: 4+ semesters of college-level Spanish (or the equivalent)

Chances of placementon on ISEP-Exchange:
Excellent: ITESM, UDEM, La Salle, Regiomontana, UPAEP and Guanajuato
Good: ITESO


NETHERLANDS

Academic calendar: Early September to December/January; early/late January to (late) June

Language of instruction: English and Dutch

Language proficiency requirement: LPR, TOEFL, or IELTS

Chances of placement:Very Limited chance of placement on ISEP-Exchange at Leiden and Tilburg; Fair chance of placement on ISEP-Direct at UvA and Leiden.

Schools require that students be juniors at time of application. It is recommend that students complete two years of study in the university department they want to take classes in abroad. (Example: Students who want to take psychology courses must have completed two years of psychology coursework at time of application. )


NEW ZEALAND

Academic calendar: Observes Southern Hemisphere calendar. Academic year: mid-February to mid-November; Semester 1: mid-February to mid-June; Semester 2: mid-July to mid-November.

Language of instruction: English

Language proficiency requirement: Students who are non-native English speakers must have an academic IELTS score of at least 6 or a minimum TOEFL of 550 (213 CBT).

Chances of placement: Only offered on ISEP-Direct; chances of placement are Excellent.


NICARAGUA

Academic calendar: Late February to July; early August to December

Language of instruction: Spanish, some English (Business Adminstration and Arts & Sciences)

Language proficiency requirement: LPR; ISEP-Exchange a minimum of 4+ semesters of university-level Spanish (or the equivalent). ISEP-Direct a minimum of 2+ semesters of university-level Spanish (or the equivalent), Spanish as a Second Language is included in ISEP Benefits for ISEP-Direct students. Note: non-native English speakers may be required to demonstrate English language proficiency to enroll in English language courses.

Chances of placement on ISEP-Exchange: Good
Chances of placement on ISEP-Direct: Excellent


POLAND

Academic calendar: September-February

Language of instruction: English, Polish

Language proficiency requirement: TOEFL score 550 or IELTS score 6.

Students who graduated from an English language speaking high school or higher education institution are not required to submit any additional documents to verify their English language proficiency.

Chances of placement: Chances of placement onISEP-Exchange are good.


SOUTH AFRICA

Academic calendar: Observes the Southern Hemisphere Calendar. Mid-January to late June; mid-July to mid-December

Language of instruction: English, Afrikaans

Language proficiency requirement: LPR or TOEFL if native language is not English

Chances of placement: Closed for ISEP-Exchange for SM1 2011-12. Excellent chance of placement on ISEP-Direct.


SPAIN

Students must have five to six semesters of Spanish language courses at the university-level (or the equivalent) before departure to participate on exchange in Spain. For placement on the ISEP-Direct Spanish Language and Culture program in Murcia, a minimum of four semesters of Spanish must be completed prior to departure.

ISEP-Direct Spanish Language Bridge Program at Navarra is an intensive three-week (90 hours) pre-session language program offered at Navarra in January and in August. It is designed for students who have three or more semesters of college-level Spanish and want to gain two semesters of Spanish credit in a short time in order to prepare for an exchange placement in Spain. Students must have a minimum of three semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent
Chances of Placement
ISEP-Exchange:

Vigo,: Excellent
Navarra, , Murcia: Good
Compostela, Balearic Islands: Fair
Malaga, Almería: Limited

ISEP-Direct:
Murcia (Language & Culture), Navarra (Bridge): Excellent
Murcia (Regular Courses): Fair

ISEP-Direct Summer Program:
Almeria (Language & Culture): Excellent. One month summer program with courses offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Two semesters of university level Spanish or the equivalent are required to apply. For more information click here.


SWEDEN

Academic calendar: Mid-August to December/mid-January; mid-January to late May/early June

Language of instruction: English and Swedish

Language proficiency requirement: LPR or TOEFL

Chances of placement: Very Limited


SWITZERLAND

Academic calendar: SM1: September- December/mid-January ; SM2: February- June

Language of instruction: English, French and German

Language proficiency requirement: LPR; TOEFL, IELTS, CEFR; minimum 2-3 years language training for immersion.  Students at Bern and Zurich may take courses in English provided they find enough courses to meet their home requirements.

Chances of placement: Chances of Placement in Switzerland are generally Good.

French Options at a glance for International Students

German Options at a glance for International Students


TAIWAN

Academic calendar: September to January; February to June

Language of instruction: English and Mandarin Chinese

Language proficiency requirement: LPR

Chances of placement: Excellent chance of ISEP-Exchange placement.


THAILAND

Academic calendar: August to December; January to May

Language of instruction: English

Language proficiency requirement: LPR, TOEFL, or IELTS

Chances of placement: Excellent (ISEP-Direct & ISEP Exchange)


TURKEY

Academic calendar: Mid-August to mid January; mid-January to late May

Language of instruction: English and Turkish

Language proficiency requirement: LPR or TOEFL

Chances of placement: Good chance of placement on ISEP-Exchange


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Academic Calendar: Early September to mid-January; February to June. This schedule is subject to change based on Ramadan calendar.

Language of Instruction: English

Language proficiency requirement: TOFEL

Chances of placement: Limited chance of placement on ISEP-Exchange and excellent chance of placement on ISEP-Direct


UNITED KINGDOM

Academic calendar: Late September to December/January; February to early/mid-June

Language of instruction: English

Language proficiency requirement: LPR, TOEFL, (500-600 depending on what university you are applying to), or IELTS (6-6.5 depending on what university you are applying to). Please see Directory Pages for more specifics.

Chances of placement: Limited to Fair chance of placement on ISEP- Exchange at various sites in the UK. Excellent chance of placement on ISEP-Direct at all sites.


URUGUAY

Academic calendar: Early March to July; late July to November

Language of instruction: Spanish

Language proficiency requirement: LPR; minimum 5 semesters Spanish language training.

Chances of placement: Very Limited chance of placement at UC Uruguay on ISEP-Exchange. Each institution is asked to nominate only one candidate for one semester. Students should consider the ISEP-Direct option.


VIETNAM

Academic calendar: September to January; February to June

Language of instruction: English

Language proficiency requirement: LPR

Chances of placement: Limited chance of ISEP-Exchange placement.