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To help narrow down your search, we’ve listed some important factors to consider when selecting a study abroad program:

  • Academic Requirements

    Are there specific courses you need to take? No problem. Just use the search filter to locate programs in your field(s) of study. In addition, you can search for programs that accommodate special needs. To find out courses you need and how the credits will transfer we recommend making an appointment with your academic advisor at your home university.

  • Language Level

    Do you speak another language or want to learn? If you do, search for Language and Culture programs that focus on immersing you in your host country language. If you prefer to study in a language different from your host country’s primary language, we’ve got you covered. In the search filter, locate the language button to find ISEP programs teaching courses in your preferred language. You can also add in any other language prerequisites you might have like language test scores or the number of semesters you’ve studied the language, to further narrow down your search.

  • Financial Considerations

    Before selecting a site, you should probably calculate how much you might spend abroad. Use our budget calculator to add up costs and fees to get a better idea of how much it all will cost.

  • Location

    Major cities offer a lot of attractions, but it may be easier to meet people and feel at home in a medium-size city or smaller town. Also note that many universities outside the U.S. may not have a campus, but rather buildings throughout the city. Use our program filter to search programs by region and campus size. If you know where you want to study abroad, enter the name of the institution or location in your search in the Where to? section.

  • Housing

    Living with a family, in a student residence or in an apartment involves different levels of independence and integration. Use our search filter to search by housing type.

  • Type and Size of Institution

    Small institutions may offer more personal attention; large universities may have more course options. Use our program filter to search by campus size.

  • Dates

    Due to widely differing academic calendars around the world, you may need to be sure your program ends in time for you to start the following semester at your home university. Use our search filter to search for programs that’ll fit your timeline in the semester and year sections.

  • Length of Study

    While a full-year program may seem daunting, most students who go for a semester come back wishing they had stayed for a full year. Also keep in mind that with financial aid and scholarships, a semester or year-long program may be even more affordable than a summer program!

  • Chances of Placement

    Some sites have less space available than others, so when searching for ISEP Exchange programs, use our chances of placement filter to sort your options. If you’re someone who wants to know where they are going right away, check out our ISEP Direct programs, as they all have excellent chances of placement.

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