How It Works

ISEP Exchange is a unique program because it depends on our students to create space, and for that reason, depending on demand, it can affect the number of students who can go to a particular site.

Chances of placement are subject to change from one semester cycle to the next, and may change daily for non-U.S. sites within a placement cycle as students continue to be placed.

For ISEP Exchange programs, the number of placements available for incoming applicants is based on the number of students from that institution going out on ISEP Exchange programs. Each institution indicates to ISEP Staff their best projected estimates of outbound exchange activity, but these are also subject to change.

How to Determine Chances of Placement

  1. The chance of placement is listed for every ISEP university on the program page for that location. To locate a program’s chance of placement, simply select the semester you’re interested in and it will be listed under the first bullet point.
  2. On the Program Finder, you can locate every programs chance of placement by selecting the detail view. Input filters and it will generate only the programs and chance of placement for those options that work best for your needs.

Chances of Placement Guide

While searching for ISEP Exchange sites, it is important to check each program’s chances of placement. Use this guide below to understand the differences of placement.

Chances of Placement Description
Guaranteed This site can accept all students that apply and meet the minimum eligibility requirements. All ISEP Direct programs offer guaranteed placement for students who meet the eligibility requirements.
Excellent This site usually has more spots available than the number of applicants applying. Some of these sites might be available after the priority deadline.
Good This site can accommodate most of the applicants requesting it. ISEP Exchange applicants should list at least one site with a ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ chance of placement on their program list. Some of these sites might be available after the priority deadline.
Fair This site can usually accommodate about half of the applicants requesting it. ISEP recommends that students listing “Fair” chance of placement sites on their application list at least three sites on their application, preferably some with a “Good” or better chance of placement.
Limited This site usually cannot accommodate all the applicants that request it. Many applicants might be placed at an alternative choice or asked to consider other options. If applying to a site with a ‘limited’ chance of placement, ISEP suggests that students list a minimum of 3-5 sites, at least one of which has a ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ chance of placement.
Most Competitive This site is one of the most requested for ISEP Exchange and only has a few spots for applicants. Student may apply to only one site marked most competitive, and it must be listed as the first choice on their application.
Closed This site cannot accept any applicants this round. Please do not apply.

Our Promise

Our goal is to place you at one of your requested sites. For this reason, it is essential that you review your preferred site’s academic and language proficiency requirements. We review all applications to ensure students meet the minimum requirements. If you do not meet a site’s requirements, you will not receive a placement for that program.

To increase your chance of placement at one of your requested sites, be sure to include institutions with a “good” (or better) chance of placement. You may only list one “Most Competitive” site on your application, and it must be listed as your first choice.

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