International Student Exchange Program
International Exchange Student Program (ISEP) is a global consortium of more than 270 universities located in nearly 50 countries that provides easy access to a variety of global locations to meet student’s academic needs and interests when they study on exchange. Georgia Southern is a member of ISEP and students are able to participate in all exchange program options offered by the consortium. No matter where you want to you travel, your level of language skill, or major, an ISEP member-school could be a good fit.
Language of Instruction: English; Spanish; French; German; Arabic; Mandarin Chinese; Japanese; and many others.
Best for majors/minors: All major and minor programs of study offered at Georgia Southern. Some universities will provide better offerings for certain fields of study than others.
Eligibility: Students should have completed 45 credit hours at the time of application and have an institutional GPA of 2.75.
Fall term: August – December (may vary by country)
Spring term: January – May (may vary by country)
Accommodations: On-campus residence halls or local apartments are available and easily accessible for exchange students. Most students should expect to live in a double room with an attached bath. The exact style of accommodations will vary by institution. Full details are available on each institution page on the ISEP website.
Meal options: All students are provided either a meal plan or a monthly stipend that can be used to purchase food and/or meals. Most campuses also have of number of restaurants and grocery stores located nearby to provide variety. Full details are available on each institution page on the ISEP website.
Estimated Cost of Participation: Participation in ISEP requires the payment of a $395 application fee, and the purchase of medical travel insurance through ISEP. The application fee is non-refundable once a student is placed with a host institution. Students pay their tuition, fees, accommodations, and meal plan costs to Georgia Southern, and can access their financial aid while studying abroad. Click here to view the breakdown of fees and estimated expenses for a term abroad through ISEP.
How to Apply
In order to apply to participate on the exchange to ISEP, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below. All materials should be submitted through the ISEP website. Students are encouraged to work closely with the Office of International Programs & Services while completing this application, and should read through the process for applying. The items required are listed below and all are submitted or completed via the online application:
- General Biographical & Academic Information
- Host Site Request List
- Course Request List for each host site
- 500-750 word essay of motivation/educational intent in response to prompt
- At least one letter of recommendation from a professor or academic advisor (two or more for highly competitive sites)
- Official copy of your Georgia Southern transcript
- Copy of your passport information page
Students should complete all parts of the application, and then submit the application to the home coordinator for final approval. Only after an advisor in International Programs & Services approves the application will the student be required to pay the application fee. After this is complete, students should expect to hear back in 2-4 regarding their placement.
Once placed at a host institution, students should submit a Host Institution Course Request List to the Office of International Programs & Services.
How to Search for Potential Host Schools
Students should spend time reading closely about each school they believe will be a good fit for their academic interests and needs. ISEP allows students to narrow down a list of potential host university sites by search either by geographic location, academic field, and/or language of instruction. You made add up to 10 potential universities on your Host Site Request List, though normally 5-6 well-chosen sites will be sufficient. Students should list these schools in order of preference, and ISEP will do its best to match you with your top choice institution.
Note: Students interested in business and engineering may use ISEP, but should contact the Office of International Programs & Services to ensure that their potential host sites possess the proper accreditation.
On the homepage for Georgia Southern University, use the filters to select the term and year you plan to study abroad, and then a combination of geographic location, academic field, and/or language of instruction. Other filters are available, though this is typically sufficient for most students. After applying the filters, the number of host university sites meeting your search requirements will appear in a column on the left. Click the arrow next to that university’s name to be taken directly to its homepage, which will provide a brief overview of the institution. At the bottom of the homepage will appear the program options for the institution. Georgia Southern students are encourage to participate in program options labeled as “Exchange.” For extra help, see the Quick Guide for searching potential host sites – complete with screen shots!
How to Search for Potential Courses
Searching for courses can be the most time-consuming piece of the ISEP application, but it is not an impossible task. It’s also a good exercise for learning about your potential host school system. Every university program website contains a link to the host university’s course catalog, course offerings, or similar resource you can use to look for course offerings. Some universities may also use the terms classes, modules, or papers to refer to courses. While searching, it is very likely the catalog or exact offerings for your future term may not yet be available. When possible, use the parallel term as most universities rotate their offerings. For example, if Spring 2017 is not yet available, use Spring 2016 for your search.
It is important that you are able to build a full schedule of classes early on. If during this initial period, if you are not able to find 5-6 courses in your program of study, it is often best not to pursue study at that school, unless you have elective credit you’d like to earn. Your ability to build a full schedule of, say, Psychology courses taught in English will not automatically improve once you arrive on-site.
For additional help with the course selection process, students are encourage to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor in International Programs & Services, or contact the Program Officer listed on that potential host university’s program page.
Understanding Grades and Credits
Because students participating on an ISEP program have nearly 50 countries to select from, the number of credits earned in a single term as well as the process for converting grades will vary greatly between participating ISEP schools. Students should expect to work closely with the Office of International Programs & Services to ensure they are requesting and completing the appropriate number of credit hours in the host institution’s country system. Once placed at a host institution, students will be provided with greater guidance about their host country’s grading system, and methods for converting the grades when credit is transferred to Georgia Southern. An overview of this process as provided by ISEP is located here, but students should speak with the Office of International Programs & Services for further clarification.
Last updated: 10/26/2016