Africa Abroad: How to Pack for the Unexpected

You are about to leave for your study abroad program. That terrible feeling sets in! You’ve forgotten something! Most likely you haven’t, but you are freaking out none the less. Don’t worry, your ever so helpful study abroad coordinator is here to save the day (or at least try)! Below is a list of things that you should bring with you when you study abroad in Africa.… More Africa Abroad: How to Pack for the Unexpected

Study Abroad: 5 Things To Consider

Studying abroad is a big decision. There are so many things to consider – academics, finances, location, housing and more. With a growing list, and hundreds of schools to choose from, this can be overwhelming. One way to help narrow down your study abroad selection is to first figure out what you like and don’t like. Figuring out your preferences will help you weed out countries or universities that might not match your needs. Ready? Get out a pen, read the blog and jot down your five study abroad must-haves.… More Study Abroad: 5 Things To Consider

What’s studying in Botswana really like?

Dying to know more about dorm life, travel advice or class schedules at the University of Botswana? ISEP Program Officer Lindsay spoke with ISEP Alumni Claire and Amanda to get the answers to your frequently asked questions. Use their advice and personal experience to your advantage so that you can make the most of your time in Botswana.… More What’s studying in Botswana really like?

11 Ways to Have the Ultimate Nicaraguan Experience

With its pristine beaches and lush rain forests, Nicaragua is quickly becoming a hot spot for tourism. To get more time than just a vacation, you can study abroad in Nicaragua at Universidad Americana. Don’t miss out on these 11 ways to make the most of your time in this beautiful country. 1. Volcano board… More 11 Ways to Have the Ultimate Nicaraguan Experience

6 Tips For Dealing With Reverse Culture Shock

Upon returning to your home country, you may feel slightly disoriented or out of place; it may be similar to what you felt when you arrived in your host country. This is called return shock or reverse culture shock. These feelings are temporary and completely normal. But being aware of this phenomenon can help you deal with it proactively. The following are a few strategies to help you cope, along with some additional information on common challenges upon re-entry to your home country.… More 6 Tips For Dealing With Reverse Culture Shock

ISEP Ambassadors of the Year

Each year, many of our ISEP alumni volunteer their time to help enrich and maximize the study abroad experiences of both incoming and outgoing students on their home campuses by becoming ISEP Ambassadors. Through various outlets such as study abroad fairs, social media, and campus events, ISEP Ambassadors play an active role in promoting international education. By devoting time and energy to this mission, ISEP Ambassadors also foster their own personal and professional development. ISEP is pleased to award two Ambassadors of the Year and two runner-ups, all of whom showed great communication, leadership, creativity and organizational skills during their time as Ambassadors.… More ISEP Ambassadors of the Year

5 Ways to Continue Your Study Abroad Experience After It Ends

Even if you can’t travel back in time, there are still ways to continue your study abroad experience. Whether it’s sharing your story or participating in a international volunteer program, you can prolong your worldly experiences in a number of ways. Here are five to start…… More 5 Ways to Continue Your Study Abroad Experience After It Ends

How Studying Abroad Led Me to A Job At Google

Peter studied abroad with ISEP at Karlstad University in 1998. His time in Sweden had a huge impact on his confidence, communication skills, and more. Peter shared his experience in our ISEP Alumni LinkedIn group, and we talked to him about how the benefits of his international experiences led to positive outcomes in his professional life.… More How Studying Abroad Led Me to A Job At Google

How to Study Abroad in Europe on a Budget

Let’s be honest: studying abroad isn’t always cheap. When you think about traveling, eating and just living in your own city, you might be a little intimidated at how quickly those costs can add up. However, there ARE ways to do it for less. Here are some ISEP tips and tricks on how to cover the continent without breaking the bank.… More How to Study Abroad in Europe on a Budget

How An Engineering Student Got A Second Major In French

After studying abroad in France, Johnson was inspired to change his French minor to a second major. He is now double majoring in French and Civil and Environmental Engineering. We were fortunate to get to talk to the super accomplished Johnson and learn all about his experience in France. … More How An Engineering Student Got A Second Major In French

Photo Contest Superlatives: Spring 2015

Twice a year, ISEP invites students and alumni to submit their best photos from their study abroad experiences to our photo contest. We received a huge number of amazing photos and really struggled to narrow it down to our favorites. Because we loved so many of the photos, we wanted to highlight additional pictures beyond our winners that are special in their own ways!… More Photo Contest Superlatives: Spring 2015

Windows to the World: What You Wished Others Knew About Your Study Abroad Country

We asked our ISEP Student Ambassadors to create a 1-2 minute film answering this question, “What do you wish others knew about your study abroad country?” Each answer was different and unique to that student’s study abroad experience. … More Windows to the World: What You Wished Others Knew About Your Study Abroad Country

How To Convince Your Parents To Study Abroad: Rachel’s Story

You’ve decided you want to study abroad. Great! We’re excited for you (like, seriously). But what if your parents aren’t quite as pumped as you are? What if they say… no? Program Officer Rachel encountered some resistance from her parents when she wanted to study abroad in Ecuador. How did she convince her dad to… More How To Convince Your Parents To Study Abroad: Rachel’s Story

How to Write a Study Abroad Blog: 5 Tips for Success

You’re getting ready to study abroad. Let’s be honest — you’re probably going to have an awesome time. You might want to share your awesome time with others — family and friends at home, strangers on the internet, and maybe even your future self. So you decide to start a study abroad blog. How exactly… More How to Write a Study Abroad Blog: 5 Tips for Success

5 Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad in Belgium

ISEP student Amy P, a history and international relations major at Agnes Scott College, spent a year at Vesalius College in Belgium to deepen her understanding of international politics and explore a new culture. During her time abroad, she made a list of the top five reasons why Belgium should be on your study abroad destination list.… More 5 Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad in Belgium

4 Quotes to Inspire You to Study Abroad this Summer

We’ve all heard the skeptics: travel while you’re young or you never will. Better be safe than sorry! So instead of staying home this summer, why not opt for an adventure that will blow your other summers out of the water? There’s still time to apply to study abroad this summer, and the places you can go are phenomenal.… More 4 Quotes to Inspire You to Study Abroad this Summer

5 Resume Boosters Hidden in your Study Abroad Photos

You took a ton of pictures while you were abroad, right? But did you really “take it in”? Believe it or not, your photos captured way more than smiling faces and National Geographic-worthy landscapes. Those images are documented proof of the professional skills and personal maturation you developed while you were out seeing the world.… More 5 Resume Boosters Hidden in your Study Abroad Photos

How to Manage Homesickness While Studying Abroad

Believe it or not, ISEP staff know study abroad — including the ups and downs. Here’s former Communications and Marketing Assistant Sarah’s advice on how to manage homesickness! My decision to study abroad was nothing short of impulsive. As a recently declared Spanish major, I figured I’d study overseas at some point, but I was… More How to Manage Homesickness While Studying Abroad

Placed, Confirmed, Accepted: The ISEP Application Process

So, you’ve sent in your ISEP application…Hooray! Now what? ISEP Senior Program Officer, Hilary knows what it’s like first-hand to go through the application process – she studied abroad through ISEP while she was in school, and has read countless student applications since working at ISEP. See what Hilary has to say about going from Placed,… More Placed, Confirmed, Accepted: The ISEP Application Process

5 Tips To Help Deal With Parents When Studying Abroad

Parental involvement in a student’s study abroad experience requires a delicate balance. While support from family and friends is important and necessary, too much interference can hinder the learning experience. When you study abroad, we want you to gain independence, develop resourcefulness, and increase confidence in your abilities. Here are some tips of how to achieve this…… More 5 Tips To Help Deal With Parents When Studying Abroad

3 Ways to Give Back on #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is a growing global movement that unites people and countries by celebrating our capacity to care for and empower one another. On December 1, the ISEP community will demonstrate how we make the world a better place when we come together for good. We’ve developed the following toolkit to help you prepare to give back with your time, voice and money.… More 3 Ways to Give Back on #GivingTuesday