ISA (International Studies Abroad)

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As a leader in international education for over twenty-five years, ISA is dedicated to providing university level students with the opportunity to discover, learn, and enjoy a way of life other than their own. ISA offers a diverse portfolio of education abroad programs across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and the Pacific. Our worldwide team continuously seeks to provide high-quality experiences for university students at an affordable price. Each year thousands of students participate in ISA programs, including; ISA Custom Programs, Service-Learning & Internships, Veritas Christian Study Abroad, EuroScholars undergraduate research, Degrees Abroad and ISA High School. ISA distinguishes itself by maintaining its commitment to each individual student and its comprehensive on-site support offered through resident staff in nearly seventy-five program locations around the world.

Programs from ISA

  • The Plaza de España, Sevilla
    Spain
    Sevilla, the capital of Andalusia, is the fourth-largest city in Spain and offers students opportunities to explore Spain's...
    19 reviews
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  • Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
    Australia
    ISA students have the option of studying at Bond University or Griffith University. Created in the scholarly traditions of...
    17 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
  • The London Eye (photo taken by Jason Baker ISA alumn Fall 2012)
    England
    Study abroad in London, England with ISA! London, the vibrant capital of England, is also one of the world's most diverse...
    14 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Lima at night
    Peru
    Take a study break in Peru with ISA--International Studies Abroad! This study abroad opportunity affords you the best of...
    13 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study in Chile with ISA
    Chile
    Study in Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, Chile with ISA. Students can participate in a program at either the Pontificia...
    13 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Multiple Countries
    Whether it's your first time abroad or you're a seasoned expat, ISA aims to provide quality study abroad programs spanning...
    13 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study Abroad with ISA in Argentina
    Argentina
    Study abroad with ISA in the culturally diverse city of Buenos Aires! This city is well know for its dynamic atmosphere and...
    12 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Plaza Mayor in Salamanca
    Spain
    Study abroad with ISA in Salamanca, Spain, at the University of Salamanca. This is the first program ISA ever offered, back...
    12 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Newcastle, Australia
    Australia
    Study in Australia at the University of Newcastle with ISA! The University of Newcastle offers the perfect mixture of...
    12 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Wallabes in Australia
    Australia
    Study in Sydney, Australia with one of the 5 universities ISA partners with! Sydney is the oldest, largest and most iconic...
    12 reviews
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  • The Royal Plaza in Barcelona
    Spain
    International Studies Abroad (ISA) offers this exciting program in Barcelona, Spain. With four different schools to choose...
    11 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study abroad in Morocco with ISA
    Morocco
    Students will take courses at the ISA Meknes Study Center, which is located in the central and dynamic district of Hamria....
    10 reviews
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  • ISA Rome (photo taken by Kyleigh Rose ISA alumn Fall 2012)
    Italy
    Roma, the Eternal City, the City of seven hills, Caput Mundi (head of the world): whatever you call it, one thing is for...
    10 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • View of the Sierra Nevada
    Spain
    Study abroad at the University of Granada with ISA! Choose one of the programs offered including Hispanic Studies, Intensive...
    9 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • France
    Paris, France needs little introduction. The City of Light attracts people from all over the world for so many reasons. The...
    9 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.

Program Reviews

  • Morgan
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Newton,MA
    Other
    10/10
    Sin é
    01/22/2016

    Studying abroad in Dublin was the best decision of my life. Deciding to study in Dublin wasn't an extensive decision- it was just something I knew I wanted to do. I didn't have "Irish" family (something you immediately learn to not say once you land in Ireland) and I'd never been to the country before- I just knew I wanted to go to Dublin. It felt right.

    I knew my decision was right when I stepped off the plane in Dublin airport. The city is amazing and has an energy that can't be duplicated. The people are lovely, the city is beautiful, and has this strong sense of identity like no where else I've ever seen.
    My favorite part of Dublin is the plethora of things to do, no matter you interest. A city based in such rich history- literary, sport, and historical history- there is so much going on in a place that has perfectly balanced old and new. Go to a book or music shop. Go to a cafe. Hungry? Go to one of the food or book markets. Want to stay outside? Go to Pheonix Park, the largest park in Europe. Want to go inside? Hit up the museums. They're everywhere, unique and interesting, and they are FREE. Go grab a pint and people watch. Go to Penneys. Just do it, even though you'll spend all your money. I met some of my best friends here, and we had some amazing, crazy adventures (30 Euro flight to the French Riviera? Okay!) but some of my favorite memories are just walking down Dame or O'Connell Street, and looking at everything- the people, the buildings, the buses. It's a beautiful city with so much to do, and everything is so accessible that it's impossible to have regrets.
    Dublin is my favorite city in the world. Within days, it felt like home- partially due to my willingness to let it, but mostly due to the friendliness, style, and diversity of the city. If I could do the whole semester over again, I would- not to make any changes, but so I could relive it again! I miss this place and the people I met their every day. Slainte!

    How could this program be improved?

    I would have liked more things to do on the overnights- ex rather spend the whole day in Galway City, the option to go to Connemara or the Aran Islands. Just because it was hard to get back out there!

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  • Greta
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Youngstown, Ohio
    Youngstown State University
    10/10
    Best Experience In College
    12/21/2015

    This was an incredible experience. I was able to travel through Morocco every weekend thanks to the structure of the program and the helpful staff. The excursions really added to the program. I went to the Sahara desert thanks to the help of the ISA staff members in planning the trip. The courses were serious, the teachers were very helpful, and I was able to learn a lot during my time in the classroom. The airport lost my luggage and had to travel to the next city to retrieve it when it arrived. One staff member was very helpful and helped me travel to Fes to retrieve my luggage. It was a program that I would recommend to an adventurous student looking for a safe experience in an Arabic speaking country.

    How could this program be improved?

    This program could have been improved by giving the students a little more direction. For example, on the first day there, I was very jet lagged and tired, and the ISA staff told us to go find food for lunch. I was confused on where to go and what to order. However, I learned a lot this way, even though it was intimidating at first.

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  • Brandon
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Whitesburg, Kentucky
    University of Kentucky
    10/10
    Chile Changed My Life.
    12/21/2015

    I could sit here and write to you all day about how beautiful Valparaiso and Vina del Mar are, how good the food is, how my Spanish competency skyrocketed from being in an area with an unorthodox dialect, how relevant and informative my classes were, how great the nightlife is, how many friends and connections (Chilean and otherwise) I made, how awesome my host family is and how I still keep in touch with them... there are so many things I could say, but we'd be here all day. I think the biggest factor is how I still miss it every day, 3.5 years after spending 5 months there. I think of how hard it was to leave, how I could've easily spent another semester or year there if it were at all feasible, how my host mom had to console me by reminding me that I wasn't losing anything by leaving, that I had gained a family. Although I got very close to my host family and they were the highlight of my experience, I think of all the confidence I gained, all the memories I made, how strange it was that I gained a second home. I really felt like home in Chile... so much so that when I was able to sneak back to Vina for a week a year after I left, I had the same feeling of warmth and comfort that I got when I traveled back to my small town in eastern Kentucky from my college town of Lexington. A lot of that is due to Chile itself, but ISA was instrumental in me being as impacted as I was by my experience abroad. From the choice in classes and excursions, helpfulness and know-how of a staff that was genuinely interested in each and every student, the ISA office that was right across the street from the Casa Central of PUCV, down to even just how the program was planned all gave me the freedom and agency to really see Chile for what it was, with nothing logistically or administratively for me to worry about. Chile is phenomenal, ISA is phenomenal, and I would pack my bags and head back right this second if I was given the chance. I wholeheartedly believe anyone and everyone can find something about Chile to fall in love with. Go.

    How could this program be improved?

    I would've liked more pre-departure help from my Site Specialist.

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  • Krista
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Taipei, Taiwan
    Doane College
    10/10
    Bienvenido a Buenos Aires!!
    12/19/2015

    My time in BsAs with ISA was the most exhilarating and liberating months of my college career. I got to be independent and adventurous while ISA took care of all the details.

    As a student at UB, I got to meet several other international students who shared similar interests. Making friends with expats was easy, but making friends with locals was even more fun. Especially because the nightlife in Buenos Aires is AWESOME.

    ISA's tours include many cultural excursions that are both culturally significant and interesting for young travelers. We got to stay at a resort at Iguazu Falls and spend a few days soaking up the absolute paradise of that area. This was a really cool chance to meet other friends in the program and boat under the falls at the meeting of three countries: Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.

    ALSO: Argentinian food is savory and delicious. You will not be disappointed here.

    BE WARNED: After a trip to BsAs, you'll catch a mad case of the travel bug and you'll never be able to get rid of it! :) <3

    How could this program be improved?

    More time in BsAs. I can't wait to go back!

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  • Jessica
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Omaha, NE
    Doane College
    10/10
    Lille was everything and more...
    12/18/2015

    ISA's program in Lille was absolutely perfect for me. It was a summer program that allowed the option for a back to back 2 months, and I'm so happy that I stayed longer! By staying in Lille (vs. Paris for example) ingot to experience a non-tourist infected, beautiful city where I got to practice my French language so much! The locals are so sweet and Lille is a university town, so it was nice to immerse myself with the locals. One of my favorite memories is going out on the town during La fete de la musique, which is basically a holiday all across France where locals share music with their entire city outside every bar, restaurant, and main square within their city. Three of my friends and I hit the town traveling from bar to bar just hearing the music of the city we had come to love. The locals in Lille are just so talented and it was so humbling just to partake in a favorite holiday of theirs. We danced with locals our age, learned some new dance moves, and we're even asked to karaoke some American songs they were singing. It was a night full of fun, laughter, and friendship. I wouldn't trade my experience in Lille for anything; it taught me more than I could've ever dreamed of.

    How could this program be improved?

    Better dorms for ISA participants; better 'breakfast' served by that dorm, and more psychology/sociology courses offered from the university

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