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ISEP has an extensive network of over 300 higher education institutions in 50 different countries. ISEP provides affordable programs to a diverse student population, allowing international education to be within reach in common and exotic study abroad destinations. Check out some of the amazing programs below!

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  • Andrea
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Laredo, Texas
    Texas A&M International University
    9/10
    Mandarin Beginner at Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics
    12/09/2015

    Through this program I was able to pay regular tuition and fees at my university while studying at JUFE. I took only language classes and managed to take an online course at my home university. The language classes are generally 2 hours a day for 2 or up to 3 times a week. I learned a lot of Mandarin during this time. Some of the teachers were real helpful. I got close to one teacher who invited me and my friends to go hiking in nearby mountains, drink tea at traditional tea houses, and make dumplings. I had a great time with my teacher and classmates during these times. Also, JUFE offers students the opportunity to apply for a Pair-Exchange family, which is like a host family, but we only meet whenever we have time after class. This family was real nice and offered to take me shopping at local markets.

    The staff at JUFE is excellent and very helpful. In the beginning students are paired up with local student volunteers. These volunteers were really helpful in getting us settled in or helping us purchase flights to travel in China and back home.

    The dorms were great! International students live in a separate building from the local students, which is basically a hotel at the university. These are closed off to the public because they require a special key to get on these floors so you know you are only sharing that space with other international students. Each student gets their own bathroom and spacious bedroom.

    If you wish to volunteer, ask the JUFE staff about Nanchang Cares for Kids. They are an organization of expats who work with Ford who do several community service projects throughout the year.

    Although I did not enjoy the humid weather in the summer months, Nanchang was a great city to see. There is so much construction in the new downtown areas, I can't wait to see how much it will change in a matter of a few years.

    How could this program be improved?

    More class trips within the province. There were many places that were nearby that I wish I could see, but I did not know my way around.

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  • Orly
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    San Diego, CA
    San Diego State University
    10/10
    Tropical Paradise
    11/06/2014

    My study abroad experience in Costa Rica, at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, was life-changing. From the first week I arrived, attending orientation with ISEP, I felt loved, taken care of and welcomed by all. I am extremely grateful for the support my study abroad program showered me and my classmates with. Day to day my ISEP coordinator, Ivelina would tell us about current and upcoming opportunities for us to immerse ourselves in. She was an incredible aid and support system. I got sick during my 5 months studying abroad and ended up being hospitalized for 5 days. Throughout the entire hosptalization, my ISEP coordinator played the role as my mother and stayed with me the entire time, making sure I felt safe and comfortable.

    How could this program be improved?

    I would suggest to integrate more planned activities between the ISEP students and the locals.

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  • Megan
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Iowa City, Iowa
    University of Iowa
    10/10
    Uruguay
    11/06/2014

    My day to day experiences included going to school for about 4-5 hours a day, which was new to me since college in the US is only 2-3 hours a day and not usually back to back. This was a challenge to be able to sit in a classroom for that long and also translating what the professors were saying. A new experience for me was also taking public transportation to school, which included riding the bus. I don't have public transportation where I'm from so learning the routes and which buses I needed took awhile to catch on.

    How could this program be improved?

    I really enjoyed everything about this program, except the study abroad office that was at my school. The "advisors" if you were to call them that, were awful and very unhelpful. They treated us like we were children and didn't understand a single thing they said, which in some cases might be true, but they are there to help guide us through an unknown system and help us better our spanish, not judge it.

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  • Jaclyn
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Monroe, New York
    University of Vermont
    9/10
    A Cycle City
    05/25/2013

    On my way down the hall to make breakfast every morning, I was greeted by my flatmates- "Ciao, Jaclyn! Bonjour! Hola! Hallo!" Living with students from all over the world allowed me to explore cultures and learn something new everyday. Oftentimes, we would cook together or share recipes. My ideas and perspectives were constantly expanding; I became more culturally aware. Italians don't eat pasta for dinner every night, after all, no, the Germans didn't have the cleanest rooms, and yes, regardless of nationality, students have their own unique habits. I continue to carry these memories with me and have become more sensitive to cultural differences.

    Rain or shine, cycling prevailed. There were days where I found myself walking into the classroom dripping wet from the rain pouring on me and my bike. The Dutch students were often more prepared when such events occurred. Regardless, cycling became a part of me; my bike was by far one of the most difficult assets to part with. I would cycle from Radboud University's green campus over the bridge to Lent, a complex where the majority of my friends lived. We would make lunch together or wander the local market in the city center to sample fresh cheese. After doing so, we often continued the journey on our bikes to explore various paths in the woods. One time, we cycled all the way to Kleve, a city in Germany!

    In the evening, my friends and I would relax in Kronenburger Park, a beautiful park in the city center, where we would quietly watch dogs prance by with their owners. Living in the oldest city in the Netherlands, Nijmegen was rich with history and landmarks. A long day of cycling usually ended by kicking back and enjoying a delicious dinner made with friends. To save money, we would each contribute a food item. If we were in the mood, we would ditch the cooking and go to a local eatery to indulge in friets covered in curry sauce! And to end the night? Well, of course, we would cycle to buy Stroopwafels, only the most delicious dessert ever!

    How could this program be improved?

    I would've liked to have a larger kitchen in my apartment complex. Sharing a small kitchen with 16 other hungry students can be quite messy!

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  • Karen
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    Oakland
    Agnes Scott College
    7/10
    Studying abroad in Malaga, Spain
    05/10/2012

    One of the best years of my life I spent studying abroad in southern Spain. What's not to love? The sun, the Mediterranean and paella are at your fingertips!

    That said, looking back, I have to remind myself that the good days came with the bad and the moments of a lifetime were complemented by the moments you wish you could forget! But would I do it all over again? Without hesitation. :)

    I studied at the Universidad de Malaga through ISEP from 2003-2004. Since that was a decade ago (eep!), I will try to pepper my review with a combination of facts/memories to help you in your decision making process. Here are some of the questions you are probably asking yourself:

    Should I study abroad in Spain?:
    The answer to this question is unequivocally YES! There is a reason that Spain has such a great reputation. Spaniards can pull off polka-dots with panache, and they carve out a three-hour siesta each day. If you are a student of the Spanish language, Spain is definitely where you should be headed.

    Should I study abroad in Andalucia?:
    This is the region in the South of Spain, i.e., the cool part of Spain. Having visited most regions in the country, this is still my favorite. Many historically and culturally important cities are within 2-4 hours driving distance: Malaga, Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba, Gibraltar, etc. I also appreciated that Spanish is the only official language here (unlike Catalonia or Galicia, for example), which made it easy to focus on the language at hand.

    Should I study abroad in Malaga?:
    The answer to this question depends on your goals for a study abroad experience. In fact, Barcelona was my first choice, but I'm much happier I landed in Malaga instead. What I really appreciated about Malaga was that I could truly immerse myself fully in the language. For a native English-speaker, it can be incredibly difficult to achieve true immersion in a foreign language since English is so ubiquitous abroad. Malaga is a large enough city that it will hold your interest (good shopping, restaurants and night-life), but not such a big, international destination that you can resort to English constantly (think: Madrid). It strikes a happy medium of placing a student just outside of his or her comfort zone while remaining accessible and fun.

    Should I study at the Universidad de Malaga?
    I have mixed feelings about recommending this university. On the one hand, I was not "wowed" by the campus or the administration. On the other hand, did I need to be? At the end of the day, the academic experience was a good means to an end. I took several interesting courses that I would never find at my alma mater (11th century poetry translated from Arabic, anyone?!), and I gained a level of fluency in Spanish that would never have been possible at home. What really matters is that you speak, hear, write and read Spanish as much as possible.

    One thing to keep in mind is that you must have a very proficient command of the oral and written language to feel comfortable here (300-level and above completed before studying here). These classes are not adapted to non-native speakers. You will likely be one of only a handful, or the only, English-speaker in the class. Of course, professors understand that Spanish is not your first language, and native students are likely to give you a hand.

    Should I study through ISEP?:
    ISEP is like an economy rental car: it gets you where you're going and is affordable, but you should not be expecting any bells or whistles! If you are an independent, self-motivated student, this will work just fine. There are no fancy excursions (you can plan weekend trips yourself) and there is no hand-holding, but they will not leave you hanging.

    In summary:
    Go to Spain already!

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