Study Abroad


ISEP: International Student Exchange Program

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The priority application deadline for Fall ISEP Exchange programs is February 15 and for Spring ISEP Exchange programs is September 1.

ISEP, the first global student exchange consortium, is a worldwide network of over 300 higher education institutions in 50 countries cooperating to provide affordable access to international education for a diverse student population.

Is ISEP right for me?

Participating in an ISEP-Exchange program requires maturity, flexibility, a great deal of planning, and most importantly, a sense of adventure!

Juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply for ISEP-Exchange programs. Only a limited number of exchange programs are open to sophomores. 

ISEP participants have a unique opportunity to be as fully integrated into their host institution as their length of stay and language skills permit. Students will gain understanding of the international dimensions of their academic field and develop intercultural competence and personal maturity through immersion in another culture.

Students can apply for up to ten different programs based on course offerings, academic eligibility, and personal goals. The ISEP central office strives to place students at one of their top three institutions, but this is not always possible.

Costs and financial aid

Students participating in an ISEP-Exchange program pay SAU tuition and full room and board fees for one semester. Full financial aid including SAU scholarships and state/federal aid (excluding work study) can be applied toward any ISEP-Exchange program.  Students participating in an ISEP-Direct program can take all state/federal aid (excluding work study) and up to $4,000 of their SAU scholarships. ISEP-Direct programs tend to be significantly cheaper than comparable programs offered by other study abroad providers.

Costs for 2015-2016:
SAU Tuition - $14,050
Room and Board-$5,840
Study abroad fees - $300
Total cost - $20,190

Getting started

Interested students should start by checking out the ISEP Student page for tips on finding the right site and choosing a program. Work carefully with the Center for International Education and your academic advisor throughout the program selection and application process.