ISA (International Studies Abroad)

Provider

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.

Programs from ISA

Program Reviews

  • Erin
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Grand Forks, North Dakota
    University of Canterbury
    University of Canterbury Spring 2014
    05/06/2015

    Studying in New Zealand through ISA was one of the best decisions I have ever made! ISA provided so many great opportunities to feel comfortable and be prepared. Upon arrival in New Zealand, the Bridging Cultures Program was essential in making me feel safe and ready to be abroad for 5 months. The educational and cultural seminars were lifesavers and I don't know what I would have done had those not been provided. Check ups with our on-site coordinator throughout the semester were pretty cool, a nice chance to debrief with everyone. I met some lifelong friends through ISA and was given some amazing travel options through the program too - I got to go to Australia for spring break! ISA is truly wonderful, affordable, and so helpful in preparing a student to have the experience of his/her life!

    How 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.

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  • Kemin Fena
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Houghton, MI
    Michigan Technological University
    My Summer in Lima, Peru
    05/05/2015

    I would definitely recommend this program. I had an incredible experience combining Study Abroad with Service Learning in El Hospital del Nino while staying with a Peruvian host family. My language skills improved immensely, I gained an appreciation for the Peruvian culture, and met wonderful people from around the world. Study abroad has been a highlight of my college career and a life changing experience. The onsite staff through ISA are absolutely amazing--willing to help out with anything at anytime. I would also suggest signing up for all of the excursions. I went to on trips to the rainforest, to Cusco and Machu Picchu, and to a desert oasis/beach town, and those were highlights of my entire trip.

    How 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.

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    Machu Picchu with the MTU mascot, Blizzard!
    Lima city center
    Machu Picchu
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  • Kara Elise
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Virginia
    Virginia Tech
    One Life Changing Trip
    05/04/2015

    My study abroad experience was the best four months of my life and changed my future for the better! I traveled to Barcelona, Spain with the International Studies Abroad program for the fall semester of my junior year. Barcelona is an exciting, diverse, and welcoming city that steals a part of your heart. I made some of my best friends during this program and now have a second mother in Spain who was my home stay mom. The International Studies Abroad (ISA) program took us on a variety of weekend trips that were included in the program. This allowed me to see other parts of Spain that I wouldn't have thought to travel to on my own. My favorite of these trips was to Valencia where we spent the day in awe at the beautiful architecture unique to the city. Studying abroad is an original experience that will be exciting and unique to all who embark. I ended up traveling to 14 different countries during my time in Europe and was exposed to gorgeous scenery, varying cultures, and remarkable people. I highly encourage everyone to study abroad because you will be left with the best memories and will have learned more than you ever could in your home classroom. International Studies Abroad changed my life and I plan on returning to Europe in the fall to pursue a Master's program. The only regret I have about my study abroad experience is not staying longer!! Best of luck fellow travelers!

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  • Paola Gamboa
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    El Paso, Texas
    Other
    The best experience of my life
    05/01/2015

    Studying in Rome was the best experience of my life. There was always something to do, or new to discover. Our university was always hosting different activities that ranged from trips to the beach, to cooking classes with a local chef. Rome was always full of life; there was always a new restaurant to have dinner at, or a new place that served the " best gelato in town." Going abroad, and going through ISA was one of the best choices I've ever made.

    How could this program be improved?

    The one thing I wish we could have done different was the departure date. Our program ended in the middle of the week, and I would have liked to have one more weekend in Rome.

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  • Emily E
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Plymouth, Minnesota
    Drake University
    Tango in the Streets, Alfajores for Treats
    05/01/2015

    Buenos Aires is the most exciting city I have ever been. It breathes, laughs, and loves. The Argentine people are passionate and energetic, and once they get you within reach, you can't help but fall in love. I reencountered my love for soccer, dancing, and meeting new people. One of the best parts about my experience was my incredible host family. They taught me more about Argentine culture and history than any class could have, and I never would've found them without ISA.

    I loved my program because they gave me the tools and knowledge to explore and learn on my own while still being safe and having a bit of a support system. I am so happy to have gone to Buenos Aires with ISA, and I would absolutely recommend them to any student looking for a life changing experience.

    How could this program be improved?

    If I had to change one thing about this program it would be to make it longer. I didn't want to be done with my program when the time came, and would've loved to stay a few more moths, or a few more semesters.

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