- Students from ISEP-Exchange member institutions are invited to apply for ISEP-Exchange and ISEP-Direct programs. Students from ISEP-Direct member institutions are welcome to apply for ISEP-Direct programs. Check the Directory to be sure your university is an ISEP-Exchange or ISEP-Direct member.
- enrolled and in good academic standing at an ISEP-Exchange or an ISEP Direct member institution
- have completed at least one academic year of university coursework
- minimum GPA of 2.75
- have the personal maturity needed to study abroad
- additional criteria may be set by your home and/or host university
- Make an appointment with the ISEP Coordinator or Office of Study Abroad. Your university may also have an information session you can attend. The ISEP Coordinator is your primary contact with ISEP and will advise you on all aspects of the program.
- Make an appointment with your academic advisor to see what courses you need to take abroad. You will need to carefully research courses on the host institution's website and complete a Course Request List for each school on your Host Site Request List. Once you have been placed, you will receive more specific course information and schedules. It is your responsibility to know about your home institution's policies regarding transfer credit gained abroad; talk to your ISEP Coordinator and academic advisor for details and requirements.
- Download the appropriate ISEP application (left). You can type in your answers in the blanks or print the application to complete later. Please note that it is not possible to save and continue later in a PDF. Submit your complete application to your ISEP Coordinator, who will review and submit your materials to ISEP, 1655 N. Fort Myer Drive, Suite 400, Arlington VA 22209 USA.
- Apply for/renew your passport as soon as possible. Begin researching visa requirements. Consult the Country Handbooks for more information.
|Components of the ISEP Application|
|Submit original of the following:|
|Application Checklist||Use as a cover sheet when you turn in your application|
|Official Transcripts/Academic Records||From each college or university attended. Do not open!|
|Application/Placement Fee||See ISEP-Exchange or ISEP-Direct and ISEP Coordinator|
|Submit original and a photocopy of the following:|
|Participant Profile||General student information and terms|
|Host Site Request List||List of your preferred ISEP sites abroad|
|Language Proficiency Report||Evaluation of your language skills by your home university|
|Educational History Form||International students only; description of past studies|
|Personal Statement||One essay of 300-500 words|
|2 Academic References||Completed by two university-level professors or academic advisors.|
|Course Request Lists||List of courses requested at each host site requested|
|2 Original Photocopies of your Passport||Make two legible copies of the identification page of your passport.|
- US Students: Check the Sites
Open for US Applications on the ISEP website to make sure your
requested host universities are still available.
International Students applying to the USA: Check the Anticipated Exchange Openings in the US list to see the chances of placement at your preferred sites. Make sure that some of the sites you select have good chances of placement or better. Important: If you apply for a Restricted site, it must be listed as your first choice; you are only permitted to apply for ONE Restricted site. Students who do not want a restricted site as their first choice should not list a restricted site anywhere on their Host Site Request List.
International Students applying to International Sites: Check the Sites Open for International-to- International Applications to make sure your requested host universities are still available.
- Check the host university’s information in the Directory for Special ISEP Application Instructions for your requested sites to make sure there are no additional requirements or early deadlines.
- Check the Language Requirements in the Directory descriptions for requested sites and submit the appropriate language proficiency test scores if required.
- US Students: Consult your home ISEP Coordinator for internal deadlines. ISEP’s priority consideration deadlines are February 15 for fall semester and full year applications and September 1 for spring semester applications. Some deadlines may vary, see this website for details. ISEP accepts applications after these dates for sites that remain open.
International Students: Consult your home ISEP Coordinator for internal deadlines. ISEP’s priority consideration deadlines are February 15 for programs beginning in July-October and September 1 for programs beginning in January-April. ISEP accepts applications after these dates for sites that remain open.
Summer Programs: Deadlines vary, check program descriptions for details
- Submit your application, transcripts/academic records and application/placement fee and supplemental GEP Exchange fee (where applicable) directly to your on-campus ISEP Coordinator. Do not mail your application to ISEP. Students are usually notified on the status of their application 6-8 weeks after it is received at the ISEP Central office. Read about the Placement Process for details.
- While waiting to hear about the status of your ISEP placement, you can prepare by brushing up on your language skills and learning more about your host country. The Country Handbook is a great place to start! You can also talk to other students on your campus that have been abroad or visiting international students to get advice. Visit our Facebook or Twitter to connect with other students and alumni. Also, see the Preparing to Go Checklist.
- Prepare for the Experience of a Lifetime!