ISEP Study Abroad


For more than 40 years, ISEP has partnered with universities and colleges around the world for solutions to help them reach their internationalization goals. In this time, we have grown into the largest global community for study, intern and volunteer abroad programs.

We offer an impressive array of ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct programs among a global community of more than 300 universities and colleges in over 50 countries. More than 60,000 students from our member institutions have participated in our semester-long, full-year, and summer programs. With ISEP, students have unmatched access to high-quality academic opportunities, authentic local experiences and exceptional support.

Students must be studying at one of ISEP's member institutions or affiliates to go abroad through our programs.


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Massey University Study Abroad

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Massey in Auckland

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Massey university

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.

What would you improve about this program?
Everything was great !
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Come to Malta!

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.

What would you improve about this program?
There could be less red tape and administrative hassles in the beginning of the semester.
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Beautiful Country and People, Good Time, Weird University

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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.


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Esther Hope Lovelady


Why did you choose this program?

I chose ISEP because it seemed like the best option, and it gave me several choices in the country that I wanted to be in. Other programs I looked at didn’t guarantee that I could go to my country of choice.

This one also had been recommended to me by my school’s Study Abroad Director, and I even talked to a representative who visited my school. This program seemed like it knows what it was doing and could get me where I wanted to go. I couldn’t find many bad things about the program so I went for it, and I’m glad I did. They helped me have an experience of a lifetime, and I’ll be forever thankful.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

ISEP was extremely helpful. They didn’t set up my housing but they did provide it through the program; I just had to apply for it, and they showed you step by step how to do it. They had a lot of paperwork but it was pretty well laid-out and easy to understand, and it told you step by step what you need to do before, during, and after your trip.

My home university, Berry College, was also helpful in the process of getting abroad. Both the professors and the International Studies Director helped me figure out a plan for classes and how to still graduate on time but have time to have fun abroad.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I would 100% recommend this program to just about everyone. The only downside is all the paperwork. It is laid out well and easy to understand but there is a lot of it; it can get overwhelming. I tell all my friends who are trying to study abroad now that the paperwork can be frustrating and overwhelming but that they just have to take it day by day. If you can just split the paperwork up and do it little by little, it is not as bad. Once you get to your destination, you realize it was all worth it.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

To be completely honest, there was no average week. Each week is different if you want it to be. This program gives you free range to do what you want, and it’s amazing.

For the first two weeks I was there, classes hadn’t started yet so we had orientation. I met lots of friends, and we went to the beach even though it was winter. When classes started, it was a little more restrictive because I tried not to miss a lot of class but we still had time to go on some short day hikes or study on the beach, have cook outs, movie nights, and explore the city.

We tried to make the most of our time in New Zealand because it was truly amazing. On our weeks off of school, we went on bigger trips to the South Island and camped up north.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

This is going to sound kind of silly, but one of my biggest fears of going to New Zealand all by myself was that I just wasn’t going to make any friends. I was incredibly nervous and scared that I would show up on the other side of the world all alone and not really make any friends and end up being alone away from everyone and everything I know.

This fear quickly disappeared after I arrived. The first day, I thought that fear was going to be true because no one else was there yet. I was also extremely jet-lagged, tired, and slightly emotional because of it. However, the second day everyone else arrived, and I quickly became friends with so many people I never would have imagined I’d be friends with. We were all so different yet we all got along and became amazing friends.

I personally think studying abroad surrounds you with people you normally wouldn’t surround yourself with, but it really opens your eyes and teaches you to appreciate the differences between people and cultures.

This trip brought me several lifelong friends that I can’t wait to visit again one day.

Just a bit more advice.

Get out of your comfort zone. If you choose to live in a different country, you are not always going to be comfortable. Whether talking to strangers, trying new food, or doing something fun and extreme like bungee jumping (which you MUST do if you’re in New Zealand), you need to get out of your comfort zone.

One of my favorite parts of studying abroad in New Zealand was when I and a group of other Americans took a ten-day trip to the South Island and travelled around the whole time. I can assure you this trip was not comfortable. We had five people in a five-person car with our entire luggage and stayed in the cheapest hostel we could find. Also, it was so much colder down on the South Island than up in Auckland, and I hate the cold.

However, despite all of the discomfort that accompanied this trip, it was still so amazing, and I loved every minute. While we were down there, we saw the most amazing views like glacier carved lakes surrounded by snow-capped mountains. We bungee-jumped and explored a new city. This trip showed us another part of the amazing country we were living in for 5 months, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Just remember that getting out of your comfort zone can lead to some pretty astonishing experiences.