Enthusiasm and Passport Needed
The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) is a membership organization that consist of nearly 220 higher education institutions across the globe. With strong commitment to international educational as an integral component of higher education, ISEP ensures that all programs are accessible to all students regardless of social and economic background.
Students must be in search of a highly independent program, and able to adjust and deal with the unknown. Academics will be challenging. Flexibility and open-mindedness are key factors to the experience.
ISEP Exchange vs ISEP-Direct
What is the difference?
Exchange - The Most Affordable Way to Study Away!
ISEP offers affordable university-level exchanges on a reciprocal basis. Exchanges are based on home institutional costs and paid to UAS. Exchanges are competitive and require at least six months advance planning.
ISEP-Direct opens doors to the more competitive (exchange) locations and adds English speaking countries to the list of country placement possibilities. This is not an exchange opportunity but a direct connection to university across the world. Program costs vary and are paid to ISEP, not UAS.
To visit the ISEP Website click here.
Experience of a Lifetime
UAS and ISEP screen applicants thoroughly. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- 2.75 cumulative UAS GPA with some ISEP locations requiring a 3.0
- Full-time, degree seeking student
- In good academic, judicial and financial standing
- Minimum of 24 earned baccalaureate credits at the time of exchange (16 of which must be from UAS)
Courses, Grades, Credits and Transcripts
Course selection is a part of the application process yet ISEP participants will not register for courses until in country. Hence the need for flexibility and open-mindedness. General education, major, minor, and elective courses may be taken and will be recorded on the UAS transcript. The host institution will send a transcript to ISEP, which in turn will mail it to UAS. The courses are then listed on the UAS transcript with grades, number of credits, and cumulative grade point average.
Most financial aid will apply to the ISEP program. For more details be sure to visit with a UAS Financial Aid representative.
Application: ISEP has a $390 non-refundable application fee for exchange applications.
UA students (UAS, UAA, UAF) pay a flat fee to UAS for the ISEP exchange. The fee covers tuition, general fees, housing and a food stipend at the exchange location. Travel expenses, international insurance, some course fees, and personal costs are to be covered by the applicant.
Cost for the academic year 2016 (fall) - 2017 (spring): $9,450 per semester paid to UAS
Estimated cost for the academic year 2017 - 2018: $9,600 per semester paid to UAS
Priority application for Exchanges occurs in late January/early February for the following academic year (fall and spring semesters). If you miss the priority deadline, there may be a possibility that exchange space is still open. Check the web site! There is a fall priority placement round with dates varying by location. Most fall deadlines are September 1.
How to Apply
ISEP application is on-line. It consists of personal paperwork combined with faculty references, an essay, photos, and more. Allow at least a month to complete the process. Also note that all applications need to be reviewed and approved by the Academic Exchange office one week before the ISEP web deadline.
UAS Student Government has allocated funds for two $1000 per semester ISEP exchange scholarships through spring 2017.
Application: ISEP requires no application fee but does have a $390 deposit due at the time of application. UAS has an additional $75 fee.
Tuition, fees, housing and meals are paid directly to ISEP. Each site has a different cost and may have varying housing and meal options.
Financial Aid can apply.
Vary from site to site. Be sure to check the web site for details.
How to Apply
ISEP application is on-line and includes a process of personal paperwork combined with faculty references, an essay, photos, and more. Allow at least one month to complete the process. Note that all applications need to be reviewed and approved by the Academic Exchange office one week before the ISEP web deadline.
'I left with an experience mixed with joy, sadness, frustration, excitement, curiosity, learning and growth. People have real problems, real struggles, and real joys; and it is such a blessing to be a part of this. I learned a lot about who I am and what I want to become.'Megan Johnson: UAS student in Ghana through ISEP direct