Unlike ISEP Exchange, your ultimate placement in an ISEP Direct program is not based on space available. In addition to guaranteed placement at your top choice institution (as long as you meet minimum academic requirements), ISEP Direct programs have later deadlines and flexible housing and meal packages.


ISEP Direct programs are open to students from all ISEP member institutions throughout the U.S. and worldwide. In addition, we have a select number of ISEP Direct programs open to any students from accredited institutions of higher education. To find out where you can go, enter the name of your university.


Depending on your university, you can pick from over 60 institutions in more than 35 countries.


All ISEP Direct programs give you access to living and learning alongside locals for a uniquely immersive experience. You’ll have access to high-quality courses in any field of study and find programs with these features:

Included in ALL Programs Included in Some Programs
ISEP Student Health Insurance Excursions
24-Hour emergency support Internships
Visa Support Volunteer opportunities
Academic advising Community engagement programs
Orientation Service-learning courses
Transcript and credit transfer On-site Resident Director
ESL classes
Housing and meals
Airport pick-up
Scholarship opportunities

Student Support

A local coordinator at your ISEP Direct host institution will help you settle in, provide an orientation, assist with registration and be available for counseling. All ISEP Direct programs include international health insurance and crisis management plans.

Specialized Programs

In addition to programs that offer courses alongside local students, ISEP Direct offers specialized tracks aimed at giving you context on your host community:

  • Language and Culture Programs taught in English: Many ISEP Direct host universities have developed special language and culture programs, offering English-language curricula in non-English speaking sites.

  • Global Engagement Programs: Our GEP programs in Ghana and Costa Rica focus on leadership development, community engagement and service-learning.

Application Process

ISEP Direct programs are not limited by exchange spaces available. This means that as long as you meet the minimum academic requirements, you are guaranteed placement at your top choice university.

Application Deadlines

Deadlines for ISEP Direct programs are typically later in the semester, giving you more flexibility to choose your favorite program.

Pricing Overview

ISEP Direct fees cover tuition, health insurance, and often housing and meals. Leveraging the strength of the ISEP network, we are often able to pass tuition discounts on to you. Planning to live with family or friends while abroad? Contact us to learn more about flexible program options that do not include housing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Federal and state financial aid should apply for U.S. students. Check with your home university for details. To learn how to make your program more affordable, check out our scholarships section.

Application Costs & Program Fees

ISEP program fees cover tuition, health insurance and often housing and meals. In recent years, 99.7% of qualified students have been placed on the program for which they applied.

Fees Amount Details
ISEP Direct Application Fee (for full year, semester or summer) US$395 When applying for ISEP Direct, a programs deposit of US$395 is due with the application. This is not an application fee, but a deposit which will be entirely credited against the program fee. In the event that we cannot place you, you will be refunded US$295 of the program deposit fee and ISEP will retain US$100 to cover processing fees. Otherwise, the program deposit is non-refundable.
ISEP Direct Program Fees (for full year, semester or summer) Fees vary with the local costs and can be located on the right hand side of each ISEP Direct program page Covers final invoice for tuition, health insurance, room and board (if applicable). The program fee will be sent to your home campus ISEP Coordinator approximately one month prior to departure. Payment is due before the program start date.
Dual Application Deposit (for two different consecutive ISEP Direct semester programs at different sites) US$495 If you are applying for two consecutive ISEP Direct semester placements at different sites, a US$100 will be credited as a deposit against the first semester’s program fee; the remaining US$395 will be credited as a deposit against the second semester’s program fee. If one of the two semesters is an ISEP Exchange placement, US$395 will be charged as the Exchange placement fee, and the remaining US$100 will be credited as a deposit against the Direct program fee.

All ISEP Direct program participants are required to enroll in an international health insurance program provided by ISEP. Click here for more information on ISEP’s health insurance program.

ISEP Student Withdrawal Policy