- Students from ISEP-Exchange member institutions are invited to apply for ISEP-Exchange and ISEP-Direct programs. Students from ISEP-Direct member institutions are welcome to apply for ISEP-Direct programs. Check the Directory to be sure your university is an ISEP-Exchange or ISEP-Direct member.
- Make an appointment with the ISEP Coordinator or Office of Study Abroad. Your university may also have an information session you can attend. The ISEP Coordinator is your primary contact with ISEP and will advise you on all aspects of the program.
- Make an appointment with your academic advisor to see what courses you need to take abroad. You will need to carefully research courses on the host institution's website and complete a Course Request List for each school on your Host Site Request List. Once you have been placed, you will receive more specific course information and schedules. It is your responsibility to know about your home institution's policies regarding transfer credit gained abroad; talk to your ISEP Coordinator and academic advisor for details and requirements.
- Complete the online application and submit electronically to your ISEP Coordinator for approval.
- Apply for/renew your passport as soon as possible. Begin researching visa requirements. Consult the Country Handbooks for more information.
|Components of the ISEP Application|
|Upload original of the following:|
|Official Transcripts/Academic Records||From each college or university attended|
|Language Proficiency Report||Evaluation of your language skills by your home university|
|Personal Statement||One essay of 300-500 words|
|One (1) Academic Reference||Completed by one university-level professor or academic advisor.|
|Indentification Page of your Passport|
- US Students:
Check the Fall Sites
Open for US Applications or Spring Sites
Open on the ISEP homepage to make sure your
requested host universities are still available.
International Students applying to the USA: Check the Fall Anticipated Exchange Openings in the US or the Spring Anticipated Exchange Openings in the US list to see the chances of placement at your preferred sites. Make sure that some of the sites you select have good chances of placement or better. Important: If you apply for a Restricted site, it must be listed as your first choice; you are only permitted to apply for ONE Restricted site. Students who do not want a restricted site as their first choice should not list a restricted site anywhere on their Host Site Request List.
International Students applying to International Sites: Check the Fall Sites Open for International-to- International Applications or Spring Sites Open to make sure your requested host universities are still available.
- Check the host university’s information in the Directory for Special ISEP Application Instructions for your requested sites to make sure there are no additional requirements or early deadlines.
- Check the Language Requirements in the Directory descriptions for requested sites and submit the appropriate language proficiency test scores if required.
- US Students: Consult your home ISEP Coordinator for internal deadlines. ISEP’s priority consideration deadlines are February 15 for fall semester and full year applications and September 1 for spring semester applications. Some deadlines may vary, see this page for more details. ISEP accepts applications after these dates for sites that remain open.
International Students: Consult your home ISEP Coordinator for internal deadlines. ISEP’s priority consideration deadlines are February 15 for programs beginning in July-October and September 1 for programs beginning in January-April. ISEP accepts applications after these dates for sites that remain open.
Summer Programs: Deadlines vary, check program descriptions for details
- Submit your application, transcripts/academic records and application/placement fee and supplemental GEP Exchange fee (where applicable) directly to your on-campus ISEP Coordinator. Do not mail your application to ISEP. Students are usually notified on the status of their application 6-8 weeks after it is received at the ISEP Central office. Read about the Placement Process for details.
- While waiting to hear about the status of your ISEP placement, you can prepare by brushing up on your language skills and learning more about your host country. The Country Handbook is a great place to start! You can also talk to other students on your campus that have been abroad or visiting international students to get advice. Visit our Facebook or Twitter to connect with other students and alumni. Also, see the Preparing to Go Checklist.
- Prepare for the Experience of a Lifetime!