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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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  • Hannah
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Milwaukee, WI, USA
    Beloit College
    7/10
    ISEP and Mexico are great, but UPAEP was not a great fit
    12/18/2015

    ISEP: I loved, loved ISEP. I specifically chose a program that would be very hands-off, and allow me to be as immersed as possible. I didn't want classes at a program center with other Americans, I didn't want tons of travel rules, I just wanted to live in Mexico. ISEP absolutely delivered on this. If you don't need someone to hold your hand through everything, go with ISEP.

    Puebla: A manageable large city. Tons of students. Very safe. Amazing food. Easy to travel anywhere in central and southern Mexico. Quite religiously conservative though.

    UPAEP: Very mixed feelings. In case the ISEP site doesn't make this clear, UPAEP is a deeply Catholic university. Nothing inherently wrong with that, but I was caught very off-guard by just how devout the school culture was when I arrived, and several other students didn't even know that it was a Catholic school. I took classes in literature, culture, and education and didn't find them particularly challenging for better and worse. The professor for the Spanish-taught international student courses (Guillermo) was super nice. The dorms are strictly segregated by gender. I heard rumors of UPAEP students being randomly pregnancy- and drug-tested to determine scholarship eligibility, a breach of privacy that wasn't forced on the wealthy majority. It was generally very culturally conservative, which was not at all what I was hoping for. Just know what you're getting into since there's nothing on the ISEP site to indicate this. The orientation program is decent. Some Asuntos Internacionales employees were great...others were decidedly not.

    I highly recommend doing the service learning course- that was the most meaningful part of my experience in Puebla.

    How could this program be improved?

    More info about the school culture would have been very much appreciated. I know it's hard to quantify, but I think Guanajuato or Guadalajara would have been much better fits for me culturally.

    Photos:
    Popocatepetl volcano, as seen from Cholula
    Talavera ceramics in a Poblano market
    San Francisco Acatepec church in Cholula
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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.

    Photos:
    World Cup
    Maccu Picchu
    Brasil
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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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