ISEP Study Abroad Programs

ISEP

About

Founded in 1979 as a small non-profit organization, we have grown into one of the largest study abroad membership networks in the world.

As a trusted educational community, we are committed to helping students overcome the financial and academic barriers to study abroad. In partnership with our member institutions, we’re able to connect students to high-quality, academic programs at more than 300 universities in 56 countries.

Regardless of academic major, socio-economic status and geographic location, we believe no one should be held back from being able to study abroad. Since our foundation, we have sent over 54,000 students abroad.

Website
www.isep.org
Founded
1979
Headquarters

United States

Reviews

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Justin
9/10

I had a fantastic time studying at Massey University. My home university offers a unique community and challenging classwork, so I very much enjoyed experiencing a new university. The coursework at Massey was a lighter load and overall easier than my home university, but nonetheless I feel challenged and that I learned a significant amount through my courses abroad. Additionally, the University offers a wide varieties of clubs to get involved in. My favorite of these clubs was the Massey University Alpine Club. This club offers trips every weekend to various locations around Palmerston North. The club goes tramping, rock-climbing and other exciting adventures. Overall, the university was filled with wonderful people that wanted to travel and explore as much as I did and we all got along very well.

How can this program be improved?
I feel the program was excellent. I was very supported as an international student and was given many opportunities to excel both in and outside of the classroom.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Esther
9/10

This was the trip of a life time! I have always been obsessed with Australia and New Zealand mainly because of the beaches and they did not disappoint. However, I was also beyond ready to take a leap of faith and bungy jump in the world’s adventure capital and the place with the first commercial bungy jump. This place was more than I could have ever dreamed with mountains right up to the ocean and the friendliest people all willing to help you find your way. New Zealand truly is the best place in earth and I can’t wait to visit again. I fell madly in love with this country and five months was not long enough for me. Beyond the beautiful country itself Massey’s Auckland campus was a great experience. I took three classes on of which was rather hard and had two professors, one of which was not super helpful, but the second one helped me catch up and pass. I really enjoyed the classes betond that and loved the accents! Housing at this university was breathtaking compared to my home university and my flatmates quickly became my best friends. One of my flatmates plans on visiting me in America within the next year. Honestly, I don’t have anything negative to say about this experience because even when I had a rough patch of my own all the friends I made helped me through and I now have friends all over and can’t wait to see them again. This program helped me grow with curtail understanding and personal strength to be on my own thousands of miles from family. I would 100% recommend every should study abroad while in college because it is such a unique experience and you truly get to live in another country and culture.

How can this program be improved?
Only improvement I would say would be to make all the paper work a little clearer. There was a paper I was supposed to get signed at the beginning and end of the semester abroad but it kinda got lost in the midst of all the other papers and I was stuck doing it last minute.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kyla
8/10

Massey was very welcoming. They always catered events on campus and made an effort to make the exchange students feel welcome. Housing was nice and the set up was really great for interacting with roommates. Campus offered a beautiful trail for hiking and biking and the campus was overall very beautiful. The beach was only a 15 minute bus ride away, where there was a long stretch of beaches to explore. My favorite beach was Mairangi bay. There was an island you could climb up on if the tide was low enough. The island provided a perfect hammock spot and an amazing 360 degree view of the beach and the ocean. This was definitely my favorite part of my whole trip ! Something very useful to know for Massey is how to use the bus system. It is very tricky to figure it out but it is necessary to get around.

How can this program be improved?
Everything was great !
Yes, I recommend this program
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Clare
10/10

Residence is an excellent experience and I would recommend anyone wishing to attend the University to stay there. The facilities are about standard, but it is the easiest way to meet people and is a fun way to get through the semester. The university can be frustrating because of the relaxed manner of the professors, administration, and everything in general. However, Malta is in an excellent location for meeting new people, additional travel, and a unique experience.

How can this program be improved?
There could be less red tape and administrative hassles in the beginning of the semester.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sarah
7/10

Coming from the US I was expecting a certain standard at the University, however the classes are way to easy, half the people only go half the time, you don't need to study until exams, and the exam period is over a month long. While they are easy it is still fun to attend classes as you may only have one assignment the whole semester or just an end exam, and participating and chatting with the professors can be very fun. It did not find a single professor here that wasn't extremely passionate about their subject and willing to show it. The only problem I had was with the staff for the ISEP program in Malta. They are really inflexible and very rude! I needed to move to exams for an internship I committed to over a year ago in Italy and I spent over a month emailing everyone at my home university and in Malta getting whatever they asked for that day and I was still denied, no matter what. I had to reschedule everything and apologize profusely to my internship program for my very late arrival. Despite all of the Universities problems the Maltese people are amazing and some of the best I have honestly ever met! I felt right at home here and got to live at a residence with a bunch of other exchange students as a community, I truly made friendships that last a lifetime! The country is beautiful and so easy to navigate and explore you will never run out of things to do, places to see, activities to participate in, cliffs to hike, and the AMAZING party scene does not stop. If you love partying or sitting on the Beach, if you love architecture, history, archaeology, and nature Malta is definitely the place to come because it has a bit of everything!

How can this program be improved?
The ISEP coordinator in the main office of the University, should be nicer to students and help them rather then hinder them at every turn.
Yes, I recommend this program

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