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Enthusiasm and Passport Needed

The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) is a membership organization that consist of nearly 220 higher education institutions across the globe. With strong commitment to international educational as an integral component of higher education, ISEP ensures that all programs are accessible to all students regardless of social and economic background.

Students must be in search of a highly independent program, and able to adjust and deal with the unknown. Academics will be challenging. Flexibility and open-mindedness are key factors to the experience.

ISEP Exchange vs ISEP-Direct
What is the difference?

Exchange - The Most Affordable Way to Study Away!

ISEP offers affordable university-level exchanges on a reciprocal basis. Exchanges are based on home institutional costs and paid to UAS. Exchanges are competitive and require at least six months advance planning.

Direct Option

ISEP-Direct opens doors to the more competitive (exchange) locations and adds English speaking countries to the list of country placement possibilities. This is not an exchange opportunity but a direct connection to university across the world. Program costs vary and are paid to ISEP, not UAS.

To visit the ISEP Website click here.

Grace Lumba: UAS outgoing ISEP-direct student in Costa RicaGrace Lumba: UAS outgoing ISEP-direct student in Costa Rica

Experience of a Lifetime


UAS and ISEP screen applicants thoroughly. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • 2.75 cumulative UAS GPA with some ISEP locations requiring a 3.0
  • Full-time, degree seeking student
  • In good academic, judicial and financial standing
  • Minimum of 24 earned baccalaureate credits at the time of exchange (16 of which must be from UAS)

Courses, Grades, Credits and Transcripts

Course selection is a part of the application process yet ISEP participants will not register for courses until in country. Hence the need for flexibility and open-mindedness. General education, major, minor, and elective courses may be taken and will be recorded on the UAS transcript. The host institution will send a transcript to ISEP, which in turn will mail it to UAS. The courses are then listed on the UAS transcript with grades, number of credits, and cumulative grade point average.

Financial Aid

Most financial aid will apply to the ISEP program. For more details be sure to visit with a UAS Financial Aid representative.

Logan Lott: UAS student in KenyaLogan Lott: UAS student in Kenya

Exchange Information

Program Cost

Application: ISEP has a $100 non-refundable application fee. At the time of acceptance, students will then pay an additional $325 as a non-refundable placement fee.

UA students (UAS, UAA, UAF) pay a flat fee to UAS for the ISEP exchange. The fee covers tuition, general fees, housing and a food stipend at the exchange location. Travel expenses, international insurance, some course fees, and personal costs are to be covered by the applicant.

Cost for the 2018-19 academic year: $10,350 per semester to be paid to UAS

Estimated cost for 2019-20 academic year: $10,550per semester to be paid to UAS

Application Deadline

Priority application for Exchanges occurs in late January/early February for the following academic year (fall and spring semesters). If you miss the priority deadline, there may be a possibility that exchange space is still open. Check the web site! There is a fall priority placement round with dates varying by location. Most fall deadlines are September 1.

How to Apply

ISEP application is on-line. It consists of personal paperwork combined with faculty references, an essay, photos, and more. Allow at least a month to complete the process. Also note that all applications need to be reviewed and approved by the Academic Exchange office one week before the ISEP web deadline.

Scholarship Opportunity

UAS Student Government has allocated funds for two $1000 per semester ISEP exchange scholarships, for a total of $2000.These scholarships are only for full-year exchanges participants, not for one semester exchanges.

Sung Pi: Student in South Korea through ISEP exchangeSung Pi: Student in South Korea through ISEP exchange

ISEP-Direct Information

Program Cost

Application: ISEP application fee is $100. UAS has an additional $75 fee.

Tuition, fees, housing and meals are paid directly to ISEP. Each site has a different cost and may have varying housing and meal options.

Financial Aid can apply.

Deadline Date

Vary from site to site. Be sure to check the web site for details.

How to Apply

ISEP application is on-line and includes a process of personal paperwork combined with faculty references, an essay, photos, and more. Allow at least one month to complete the process. Note that all applications need to be reviewed and approved by the Academic Exchange office one week before the ISEP web deadline.

Megan Johnson: UAS student in Ghana through ISEP direct

'I left with an experience mixed with joy, sadness, frustration, excitement, curiosity, learning and growth. People have real problems, real struggles, and real joys; and it is such a blessing to be a part of this. I learned a lot about who I am and what I want to become.'

Megan Johnson: UAS student in Ghana through ISEP direct

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