As a first-generation student, we understand you have unique needs and considerations when planning to study abroad. ISEP is dedicated to providing the information you need to feel confident and supported while choosing a program.

Below is our list of program recommendations for first generation students. Most sites recommended have a fair (or better) chance of placement, straightforward visa process, academics with predictable course schedules with options available in English, simple commute to campus, and are at institutions known for providing a supportive environment for students.


Korea University
Experience the vibrant culture capital of Seoul at Korea University, one of South Korea’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious universities. Acclimate to a new host culture through experiences coordinated by KU’s student buddy program. ISEP’s South Korea Program Advisor, Brian Min, is available to help students navigate life in Seoul.

Available on ISEP Exchange or ISEP Direct


University of Chester

Take in the architectural and natural beauty of Chester while studying at a university dedicated to offering students a supportive and encouraging learning environment. International students will take an “Intercultural Experience Learning” model organized by a local ISEP Host Coordinator to help students get the best out of their exchange.

Available on ISEP Exchange

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Experience the unique culture of Chile’s second largest city: Valparaíso, a UNESCO world heritage site. No language background is required as coursework is available in English and Spanish. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso offers support for academics and for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

Available on ISEP Exchange or ISEP Direct


Tampere University
Tampere is Finland’s most sought-after city to live in, and a region renowned for four beautiful seasons and its pristine nature. Thrive academically through Tampere University’s International Student Tutoring for Exchange Students program, where a local student volunteer will help with navigating life and academics in a new country.

Available on ISEP Exchange


Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

Live in the dynamic university town of Graz, Austria’s second largest city. Experience the friendly community at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz upon arrival with an included welcome party for exchange students and city tour. Sign up for the university’s buddy program to connect with local students interested in intercultural exchange.

Available on ISEP Exchange

Masaryk University
Take courses in English at Masaryk University, known for its welcoming staff and international student community. A vibrant college town, Brno is a great base for exploring Europe and the Czech Republic. Campus resources are available for students seeking services for mental health, academic accommodations, and networking opportunities.

Available on ISEP Exchange or ISEP Direct


Tokyo International University
Study in Kawagoe, a charming and traditional area of Tokyo, alongside local and fellow exchange students. Take coursework in English at Tokyo International University while having access to supportive campus amenities including on-campus counseling services and opportunities to meet with local peer assistants at weekly events.

Available on ISEP Exchange or ISEP Direct


University of Malta

Live in a lively student town among a diverse international student community while studying in Malta, consistently named one of the safest destinations in all of Europe. University of Malta even has a Gender+Equity Plan to support diverse populations including gender, disability, race, religion, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Available on ISEP Exchange or ISEP Direct

Al Akhawayn University
From sand dunes to the Atlas Mountains, there truly is no place quite like Morocco. Al Akhawayn University is an ideal location for students who want an introduction to this region of the world. All coursework at Al Akhawayn University is instructed in English and the academic structure is similar to an American style education system.

Available on ISEP Exchange