ISA (International Studies Abroad)
ISA distinguishes itself as a study abroad provider by its commitment to each individual student. ISA services are available to students, parents, faculty and advisers throughout the study abroad process. In addition to the ISA team in the U.S., ISA offers study abroad students constant support through resident directors available in study abroad locations globally.
Everyone at ISA is proud to be a part of offering a high quality study abroad experience to American and Canadian college students at an affordable price. We recognize that we play an important role in the worldwide effort of international educators to increase awareness of cultures and societies outside of each student's national boundaries. Our programs are designed to maximize our participants' learning abroad, and we understand that most college students need support and expert guidance before, during and after their time abroad.
EmmaAge: 19-24FemaleCastleton, VermontCastleton State CollegeISA Summed Up08/28/2015How could this program be improved?
This program could be improved by having RD's at every University instead of every location. Our RD oversaw three different Universities and her office wasn't on our campus so it could be a hassle. I feel it would be useful for them to have less to oversee so they can get to know the residents better.
It also would have been nice if the residents had more say in what was done for excursions because we are the ones who actually pay for them. More research should be done for the excursions because the zoo sleepover that we had was actually directed towards younger children so we would have rather done something different--it would have been cool to go somewhere other than in Wellington and been able to explore more of NZ with ISA.
FabianMaleLos Angeles, CACalifornia State- Long BeachAVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!07/19/2015Response from ISADear Fabian, Thank you for taking the time to review our Madrid program. We are always open to constructive feedback from program participants so that we can continue to improve and provide the best student experience possible. It's truly unfortunate to hear that you felt your experience abroad was inadequate, after all the assistance that ISA has provided to you. While we continue to assist you with ongoing matters, we wish you had shared these concerns while you were abroad, not after you returned home, so that we could have been in a better place to directly address them and help you have a great experience. While you also did not like the host university, historically, ISA students have felt differently. In fact many expressed a sense of pride in being a part of this particular university, with it over 700 years of academic excellence and it being ranked within the top 250 universities in the world according to QS. Again, we appreciate your feedback and will take it into account during the thorough program evaluations we administer each term.
ErinAge: 19-24FemaleGrand Forks, North DakotaUniversity of CanterburyUniversity of Canterbury Spring 201405/06/2015How could this program be improved?
I would maybe have more interactive opportunities before leaving, perhaps be able to communicate with an alum that has been to the same place or have another webinar session? That really helped! So maybe another internet session while in the midst of applying and doing all of the visa stuff, and then the last webinar session before we leave to go abroad.
KeminAge: 19-24FemaleHoughton, MIMichigan Technological UniversityMy Summer in Lima, Peru05/05/2015How could this program be improved?
If I could change one thing, I would have gone for an entire semester instead of just a summer program. Two months was much too short, and the summer programs don't provide the same opportunity to meet local students, because the courses are only for ISA students.