For #GivingTuesday this year, to honor these stories, we took two student experiences (one in the form of a written testimonial, and the other a photo) and blended them into one medium – a photo essay.Read more "7 Study Abroad Quotes That Make Us Thankful"
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.Read more "3 Ways to Give Back on #GivingTuesday"
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.Read more "Study Abroad: 5 Things To Consider"
ISEP students in the U.S. on J-1 visas are allowed to work either on-campus or off-campus through the Academic Training program. We wanted to talk a bit about the steps that you’ll need to take if you want to take advantage of this great opportunity.Read more "How to Work in the U.S. on a Student Visa"
Last April, we launched the #ISEPPhotoProject, an initiative to capture diverse study abroad experiences from students from around the world. We had an incredible turnout and are excited to do it again for a second time this year. Join us starting October 19, by sharing your unique stories for the four weeks leading up to International Education Week.Read more "Study Abroad on Instagram"
ISEP student Yoann from Lille III (Université Charles de Gaulle) spent a year at Beloit College in Wisconsin. Here he tells us how studying abroad in the U.S. led to video blogging and his own YouTube channel.Read more "How to Start a Video Blog"
Studying abroad in Costa Rica means you have the chance to discover volcanoes, Caribbean and Pacific beaches, rainforests, service learning opportunities, a lively capital city and so much more.Read more "12 Ways to Discover Costa Rica"
ISEP Program Officer Lindsay talks about her own experience with culture shock, and why it’s important to stick it out, even if it means being uncomfortable.Read more "Coping with Culture Shock: The Importance of “Sticking it Out”"
You’ve just arrived in the United States. Now what? ISEP SEVIS Coordinator Marisa has some tips for making the most of resources and opportunities that are offered to you and keeping your visa active.Read more "How To Keep Your U.S. Student Visa Active"
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.Read more "What’s studying in Botswana really like?"
The job market is competitive and if you studied abroad, you’ve got something that sets you apart. Here’s how to make your potential employer see how your study abroad experience helped you grow into a great future employee.Read more "How to Sell Your Study Abroad Experience to an Employer"
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 […]Read more "11 Ways to Have the Ultimate Nicaraguan Experience"
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.Read more "6 Tips For Dealing With Reverse Culture Shock"
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.Read more "ISEP Ambassadors of the Year"
Kelsey, an English major at Edgewood College, studied abroad with ISEP at the University of Sunderland in 2014. She now works at a Social Media Specialist for a digital ad agency and we connected with her through the ISEP Alumni and Friends LinkedIn group. Here Kelsey shares her story of her path before, during, and after studying abroad.Read more "How My Study Abroad Blog Got Me Hired"
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…Read more "5 Ways to Continue Your Study Abroad Experience After It Ends"
Study abroad can be a transformative experience. For ISEP alumni Alyssa, it was way more than she expected. In the form of an open letter, written to her host country Japan, she details how her time abroad has changed her.Read more "Dear Japan: You Changed Me"
Studying abroad means exploring new places — LOTS of new places! ISEP Program Officer Lindsay joins us as a guest blogger to tell us all about what South Africa has to offer. Lindsay lived in South Africa and has great insider tips for your trip abroad.Read more "Top 10 Attractions: South Africa"
When you imagined studying abroad, you might not have envisioned a crucial part of it: studying. It can be tough to focus on finals when there are so many other great things going on around you. Here are some tips to make studying a little more bearable as the weather warms up and the semester winds down.Read more "5 Ways to Focus on Finals While Studying Abroad"
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.Read more "How Studying Abroad Led Me to A Job At Google"
Eli, a Communications major at San Diego State University, studied abroad with ISEP in Iceland in 2013. His time in Iceland sparked an interest in International Education and he is now working as an International Student Specialist.Read more "How Studying Abroad Started My Career in International Education"
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.Read more "How to Study Abroad in Europe on a Budget"
Janean studied abroad with ISEP at the University of Sunderland in the Fall of 2012. She is currently finishing her Psychology degree at the University of Regina. We talked with her about her ISEP experience and how that impacted her current path.Read more "How a Semester in the U.K. Jump-started My Career"
Curious about what Japan has to offer? ISEP students Thu and Sarah share some of their experiences.Read more "6 Things To Expect When You Study in Japan"
Do you want to know what studying abroad is really like? Here we’ve gathered blogs of students who can tell you all about how their semester abroad is going.Read more "What Study Abroad is REALLY Like"
Working in the U.S. while on exchange offers you the chance to develop academically, culturally, and personally. We surveyed past students who have completed Academic Training with ISEP to answer some of your questions.Read more "Working in the U.S. While On Your J-1 Visa: FAQS"
ISEP Student James spent a full year studying at Universidad Americana Managua in Nicaragua. Read his story about how a quick bus ride took him away to a cloud forest reservation and coffee plantation.Read more "How a Three Dollar Bus Ride Led to My Favorite Weekend"
Studying abroad often means learning to expect the unexpected. Through these experiences, we become more mature and more open minded because we learn how to solve problems on our own. ISEP students Jetta and Hannah tell us a little bit about their experiences at the University of Ghana, what they first expected and how that all changed once they studied abroad.Read more "How Studying and Volunteering in Ghana Changed Me"
ISEP student Renee tells her story of how a slightly dreaded field trip ended up being one of the best weeks of her semester.Read more "The Part of Costa Rica No One Knows Exists"
We’ve pulled together some of the best parts about studying abroad in Italy with ISEP (of course, that’s not counting the beautiful sights, delicious pasta, and LOTS of gelato).Read more "4 Reasons To Travel to Italy in 2015"
International work experience gives you a huge edge up on other applicants. Check out why interning abroad can help you land your dream job.Read more "6 Reasons Why Interning Abroad Will Help You Land a Job"
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.Read more "How An Engineering Student Got A Second Major In French"
We know that figuring out how to study abroad within your major can sometimes be challenging. Luckily, we’ve got a map for that!Read more "How to Study Abroad as a STEM Major"
Myth: Studying abroad is way too expensive and you can only do it if you’re willing to spend a lot of money.
Reality: There are many ways you can study abroad within your budget! These three universities are examples of places where you can spend an entire semester for under $11,000.Read more "3 Beautiful Study Abroad Destinations Under $11,000"
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!Read more "Photo Contest Superlatives: Spring 2015"
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.Read more "Windows to the World: What You Wished Others Knew About Your Study Abroad Country"
1. I Wanted a Study Abroad Experience Similar to the Peace Corps I chose to study abroad at the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana, West Africa, because I wanted to prepare myself for the possibility of joining the Peace Corps. I wanted to make sure that I could adjust appropriately to living in a developing country. […]Read more "Why I Chose Ghana For Study Abroad"
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 […]Read more "How To Convince Your Parents To Study Abroad: Rachel’s Story"
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 […]Read more "How to Write a Study Abroad Blog: 5 Tips for Success"
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.Read more "5 Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad in Belgium"
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.Read more "4 Quotes to Inspire You to Study Abroad this Summer"
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. […]Read more "5 Resume Boosters Hidden in your Study Abroad Photos"
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 […]Read more "How to Manage Homesickness While Studying Abroad"
To put things succinctly, study abroad is… pretty awesome. Right? We know how hard it is to distill several weeks, months, or a whole year’s worth of educational travel adventures into words, and harder still to have those words actually mean something. You might be wondering how to go beyond repeating, “IT WAS AWESOME!!!” and […]Read more "5 Quotes to Inspire You to Study Abroad"
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, […]Read more "Placed, Confirmed, Accepted: The ISEP Application Process"
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…Read more "5 Tips To Help Deal With Parents When Studying Abroad"