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Comments From Students


Buenos Aires

My ISA experience exceeded all of my expectations. With the support of the staff and the excitement of my host country I developed into a more independent, open-minded and carefree person. This experience has changed my outlook on life and introduced so many opportunities for me. This was truly a life changing experience.

Alana Macy, UC Boulder

"Living and studying in Buenos Aires is without a doubt one of the most challenging, but most fulfilling things I have ever done in my life. ISA will bend over backwards to help you with anything you would ever need. I wish my program lasted more than 4 months! After this PHENOMENAL experience, I must say, for some, it's a question IF they come back. For me, it's a question of WHEN I can come back to Buenos Aires. Choose Buenos Aires, Argentina and you will NOT be disappointed with your study abroad experience!"

Ashley Stehlik, Doane College

My political, cultural, social, personal and linguistic knowledge has significantly expanded in such a short stay. I´ve learned life lessons that are fundamental for my future growth and maturity in ways that I will probably never realize.

Devin Oliver, The Ohio State University

This experience is truly one of a kind. You are able to immerse yourself in a different culture and learn all it has to offer, making long last friendships both with students in your program and with locals. But the true learning experience is the one you gain from the country as it help you learn more about yourself allowing you to see all that you are capable of accomplishing.

Dianna Brittian, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

"Studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina was one of best experiences I've ever had. I would recommend anyone considering studying abroad to do it. I can guarantee you will not regret it. I still keep in touch with my host family and I became close with my friends I met there, most of whom I still communicate with. I also would recommend anyone interested in volunteering through the ELAP program to also do it. I learned several things from my trip- about myself and the Argentine culture, among other things. Having made this trip makes me want to study abroad again and travel."

Jessica Ibarra, University of Pittsburgh

I really did have the time of my life in Buenos Aires. I have learned so much about the culture, the language, and myself in these past five months. I had never lived in a big city before, so I was a little overwhelmed at first, but I certainly did fall in love with Buenos Aires, and now I don't want to leave! There is never a dull moment in this city. There are almost too many interesting people to meet and too many fun, cool things to do. I hope I can come back and visit someday: Buenos Aires will have a special place in my heart for the rest of my life.

Kristen Rumery, UCLA

The experience I received with ISA was beyond any expectations I had before coming to Buenos Aires. Being in a huge city far from home, ISA provided the perfect home base from which we could learn, branch out and establish our own foothold in the city. My semester abroad was incredible and was only made better with the help and guidance of the ISA staff!

Lauren Robinson, University of South Carolina

"My experience with ISA has been incredible. The trips offered with the program allowed every student to learn more about Argentina as a country, rather than just the city of Buenos Aires. I would recommend this program to anyone wanting to study abroad!"

Madeline Nash, University of Denver

I cannot put a price on my experiences here in Buenos Aires nor adequately describe them in words. I can only say that these were some of the best months of my life and I could not be more pleased that I chose to study abroad with ISA.

Melanie Jorgenson, Rockhurst University

This experience is truly one of a kind. You are able to immerse yourself in a different culture and learn all it has to offer, making long last friendships both with students in your program and with locals. But the true learning experience is the one you gain from the country as it help you learn more about yourself allowing you to see all that you are capable of accomplishing.

Nancy Camarillo, California Lutheran University

When I decided to study in Argentina, I had no idea how much my life was about to change. Studying abroad is something everyone should experienced. I´m really a new person now, and I'm not looking back.

Paul Hill, University of North Texas

Before leaving I was feeling nervous and anxious and unsure about my decision coming abroad. Looking back now I can not believe I ever felt that way. Coming down here was legitimately the best decision I have ever made. I have learned so much about language, culture, people/diversity, art, and family but most of all I have learned so much about myself. The world would be a better place if everyone could study abroad.

Rebecca Oliver, University of Colorado

"I truly enjoyed being a part of ISA both because of the staff and their excellent guidance and friendly countenance and the students I was privileged to meet and spend time with. I learned a lot, I grew a lot, and I will never forget this wonderful experience."

Tori Armendariz, Fort Lewis College



Being a student of international affairs, I was immediately attracted to Brussels and this well priced program. The experience I gained with my internship was invaluable toward my career. And because Brussels is so close to everything I was able to travel all over Europe! I will never forget what I learned during this incredible experience.

Andrew Wallis, University of Arkansas, Fayettville

My experience with ISA has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have lived, at reasonable cost, in one of Europe's most-beautiful cities, Brussels. I have also made great friends, met wonderful locals, and enjoyed interesting and valuable coursework, all while traveling to some wonderful and exciting places (Amsterdam, The Hague, Cologne, etc.). It is, from what I know, one of the best values for a study abroad experience, and ISA has given me a wonderful perspective prior to pursuing graduate education. I feel like I am in the best possible position to pursue my career goals, at least in part, as a result of this journey

Andrew Jon Carr, Christopher Newport University

Brussels is the best kept secret of Europe! Belgium has international politics, adventure, exceptional classes, great excursions, fun nightlife!

Chantel Christian, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Belgium is truly the center of Europe. From the food to the people, every single day can be an adventure. This place is not only for career oriented students, it is also a home to relaxed locals and a plethora of party animals. Whether you spend every weekend in a new European country or take the days to explore Brussels, you will not be disappointed. This experience has opened my eyes to new places, cultures, and most importantly new people that I will never forget.

Charlie Schmidt, University of Denver

Study Abroad in Brussels, Belgium was definitely an eye opening experience. This kind of experience teaches you about yourself and teaches you how to go out and get things on your own. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Dafne Elizondo, University of Texas, El Paso

Belgium is an eccentric place, and ISA definitely allowed me to come face to face with this unique country. The ISA program in Belgium also provided me with with valuable opportunities to further my educational, professional, and personal goals. It was through my participation in these areas that I was able to enjoy myself while developing my personal strengths in a way that will be very beneficial for my future endeavors.

Grant Berg, California Lutheran University

ISA Brussels, Belgium is a wonderful program. It will truly help you to grow in a city where the possibilities are endless and bountiful. Brussels is truly the capital of the European Union where everyone speaks more than 2 languages and the people are splendid. It is a place where you can truly find yourself.

Meica Green, Randolph College

Brussels is very underrated...but those are the places that surprise you the most! I would not have chosen any other place to study abroad - The people, food, location, beer, and fries everything is great!

Mercedes Priebe, University of Denver

If you've ever considered studying abroad or if you're even a little bit adventurous, sign up for an ISA program! Studying abroad is such a unique experience. You'll get to know the world around you, meet new people and become more confident and competent while having the time of your life. What's not to love? I am so thankful I chose ISA! I can't imagine studying abroad without their support and guidance.

Sarah Hartley, University of Tulsa



The culture of Florianopolis is very rich and the people are extremely friendly and always wanting to help you. I really feel that my experiences here are valuable to my growth as a person. I would suggest studying abroad to anyone, and ISA is a great program to go through.

Amanda Doucett, Western Washington University

I am very happy that I chose to study abroad with ISA. The staff was super friendly and very helpful. I grew as a person, had a wonderful host family, and made some great new friends.

Audrianne Thrasher, Ursinus College

The island of Florianópolis is so beautiful. There are so many beaches and each one has their own unique thing about them. I definitely recommend going to Lagoinha do Leste! You have to hike to get there, it's like a secret beach. The sights are amazing on the way there. Futbol games are so fun, try to go to one. Interacting with the locals was definitely a scary yet fun experience. I learned a lot more by talking to them.

Jessica Acoba, University of California, Irvine

ISA isn't just a study abroad program. It offers you so much more than that. Really what matters is what you make of your experience. ISA provides you with all the opportunities, and its up to you to embrace them and gain a new outlook.

Kathleen Cantu-Crouch, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Florianópolis is a magical place, a city of unique and overwhelming beauty. I had such an incredible time here that I have no words to adequately express my experience! If given the chance I would, without a doubt, do this all over again!

Kathryn Morgan, Virginia Commonwealth University

Coming to Brazil changed my life in so many ways. I got to experience one of the most beautiful places and cultures I have ever encountered. I grew up a lot, and feel that my level of maturity could not have been gained in the same way if I hadn't studied abroad. I made so many great friends here and I can't wait to come back to Florianópolis. Not only that, I met my girlfriend who I would have never met if I didn't come to Brazil. This trip is, hands down, the greatest thing I have ever done.

Reed Farrer, UCLA

My semester abroad in Florianópolis, Brazil was one of the greatest times of my life, and I feel like my time there has truly made me a better person. I've discovered the excitement of travel and the adventure of living in a foreign country, and I'm already making plans for my next trip to Brazil. I can't thank you enough, ISA!

Robert Robertson, California State University, Fullerton

The staff of ISA has been nothing but amazing and helpful to me while preparing for my semester abroad. They treated me like a friend and answered my millions of questions and really made it feel right. I couldn't be more excited to go!

Samantha Wax, Cabrillo College

My time abroad has made me a more well-rounded student and given me such a greater appreciation for my education. I loved the ISA program and the staff was very helpful. I am so thankful to have had this experience with amazing people from all over the United States and the world.

Sarah Wilson, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

If you want to learn a beautiful language, surf great waves, and meet amazing people, COME TO FLORIPA.

Thomas Daly, Mahattan College



I cannot even begin to describe the impact that my stay in Chile has had on my life. This program has pushed me to open my mind and my heart to new situations and people, and I have learned so much about the world and myself in the process. My host mother has treated me as if I were her own child and the ISA staff has been extremely helpful. I now consider Chile my second home and cannot wait to return to embark on new adventures.

Amanda Greenwood, Boston College

ISA is an excellent program, especially for first time travelers. The program was very well organized, down to the smallest of details and the overseas staff was incredibly helpful and always working on making my transition as seamless as possible. The ISA staff did a wonderful job selecting families for my new study abroad friends and I will be keeping in touch with both my overseas family and the friends I have made in South America for years to come. It truly was a growing experience and something that I will keep close to me forever.

Elizabeth Harty, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

I didn't know much about Chile or Valparaiso when I came down here but despite tough issues with language at first, I learned and gained so much from this experience. I would recommend ISA to EVERYONE. The staff is so helpful and the program is organized and thorough. Valpo is a charming city unlike ANYWHERE in the rest of the world and for that, I am so glad I chose Chile. There is so much to be gained from studying abroad and from studying in Valpo you will get the language, culture and travel elements in one city.

Hannah Lieberman

Studying abroad in Chile has been the single most important experience I have had so far in my life. I have improved my Spanish, met some awesome friends, become more independent, and feel as though I returned to the U.S. a better person.

Jenna Hacker, Northern Illinois University

If I learned anything while abroad, it is that the capacity of human beings for kindness and patience is remarkable. I could ask a complete stranger for help, and he or she would take the time to point out or explain to me what I needed to know. I lost my fear of speaking so fast because I knew that, no matter how funny or confused I sounded, the people I met were more interested in helping than laughing (though there have been some laughs, but laughter is one of the best parts of making mistakes. That's something else I learned.)

Kari Bray, Washington State University

My summer abroad has been a life-changing summer. Being with ISA in Chile I have gotten to experience a different culture first-hand, and also got to experience a part of Chile's history. I don't think I would have ever had these experiences if I had not chosen ISA. I would recommend them to everyone!

Kassandra Baumgardner, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Everything about my experience with the ISA program has been incredible-- more than I could have hoped for. They set me up with an amazing family and a great school which helped me to feel comfortable in this new environment. From there I was able to go off and live my life in Chile, getting to know the culture and its people on a deeper level. My abroad experience has been everything and more than I ever imagined it to be.

Redyn Keller, University of Maine

In the six weeks that I was in Chile, I changed myself as a person. There were many obstacles which I overcame and through this I was able to learn so much about myself. I have become more independent and less reliant on others. I learned what it was like to live in another country and adapt to it's culture and language. ISA helped me see the country and gave me a home base where I could find friends and a familiar face to help me with any issues I was having. I couldn't have had a better experience and I plan on living abroad directly after graduation.

Sarah Schneider, Virginia Tech University

My time in Chile was like a rollercoaster ride, but wow, was it worth it. I learned so much not only about Spanish and the Latin American culture, but also about myself. I am definitely not the same person I was when I got here. Its true what they say, another culture isn´t necessarily better or worse than your own, its different, learn to appreciate the differences. Thank you ISA Chile for a great semester.

Shaina Gleisner, Messiah College



ISA will show you the way and make your stay memorable! Wo ai ISA!

Amanda Ju, Christopher Newport University

Even a one semester study abroad experience will give you a global perspective that can be worth more than a college degree if you use that perspective to change your life.

Christopher Barenz, Western Illinois University

Going to China not only fulfilled a dream, but demystified the mystery surrounding this place.

Christopher Dallam, University of Arizona

ISA provided me with the opportunity to travel outside of the United States for the first time. I think everyone should have the opportunity to study abroad so that you can learn and live within a new culture. Having studied Mandarin before I went to China really allowed me to enjoy my time and appreciate the opportunity to practice my Chinese with just about everyone I came in contact with. Lastly, ISA Shanghai allowed me to meet so many new people many of which I believe will be friends for a long time.

Joseph Cooke, West Chester University

Five months into my exchange I would still randomly stop while walking with a friend and say "I AM IN CHINA!" Thrilling, enriching and fulfilling experience. I fell in love with the language, the people and the culture; I fell in love with China and ISA is who made this possible.

Leslie Martinez, Texas A&M International University

Studying in Shanghai, China was the best experience of my life. From goose feet to the Forbidden City the culture of China gave me a new perspective on how people live half a world away. At first Mandarin seems like an impossible challenge, but by the end of the trip I believe it is a manageable task. ISA prepared me well for the experience; our director was welcoming and professional throughout the duration of the program and the entire semester was worry free. Studying abroad is an incredible experience that should be considered by everyone.

Philip Wharton, Texas State University - San Marcos

ISA allowed me to have experiences I never would have had at my home university. I never would have thought I would have enjoyed studying abroad as much as I did, but it ended up being one of the greatest experiences I have ever had.

Ryan Schwing, Texas A&M University

It has been a wonderful experience not many get to have. It really challenges you as an individually; socially, mentally, and physically.

Silvana Almonacid, Rider University

This study abroad trip was such a wonderful experience, if I had the opportunity I would do it all again and not change one thing.



ISA has been so wonderful. I feel extremely prepared for my trip to Colombia and know that I will be in good hands once I arrive.

Clare DeVeau, Hope College

Colombia is a wonderful country to choose if you don't want to be sheltered from the realities of the world; it opens your eyes to both the beauty and problems that the individual and countries of this world confront! It is a perfect option for someone seeking an adventure off the beaten path. You will learn so much personally and academically here! I highly recommend it!

Joseph Stanford, Mercer University

My semester in Barranquilla, Colombia, has been the most unforgettable experience throughout my college career. The culture, the people, and the experiences I am taking home have forever impacted my life and my future. I highly suggest incoming students to highly consider the Barranquilla spring semester program because of the Carnavales Barranquilla offers and the continuous support from locals. [Students should] be to be prepared to want to stay for a year because in Colombia they say say "El unico riesgo es que te quieras quedar" (The only risk is wanting to stay)."

Kayla Pollard, Grand Valley State University

Studying aboard in Colombia with ISA has forever changed my life and I am eternally grateful.

Lauren Villanova, Keene State College

Squeezing onto overflowing buses, dancing anywhere and everywhere, eating mountains of rice daily, the welcoming smiles on the faces of locals, sweating so much my clothes are drenched, the sound of vellenato piercing my eardrums, and trying to keep up with the incredibly fast Spanish of the Colombian coast have all become so terrifyingly familiar. I am accustomed to life here and I love it! Barranquilla, Colombia will forever have a special place in my heart!

Rain Johnson, Northern Michigan University

Barranquilla, Colombia was probably the best choice I could have made. They call it "calor humano" here and it can be felt at every corner of the city. The culture is vibrant everywhere you go.

Riti Patel, Loyola University Chicago

ISA is the most professional and welcoming organization I have ever worked with. From the application process to the final departure checklist, the experience was smooth and easy. Thank you ISA for helping me plan my dream study abroad program!

Taylor Wild, Colorado State University

Costa Rica


Costa Rica was everything I could have asked for in a study abroad program. Cool people, great staff, amazing teachers, wonderful culture!

Brendan Thompson, Texas A and M University

My ISA experience in Costa Rica changed my life! I was challenged in so many ways and learned so much about myself. Studying abroad is a must for anyone who wants to expand their horizons, meet amazing people, and see the world with a global perspective.

Callie Muri, Western Washington University

Costa Rica is a country with stunning natural beauty of all genres and one that provides the means to be able to see these places. I'm coming back for sure.

David Boyd, North Carolina State University

ISA helped me connect the Spanish language to a beautiful country with a vibrant culture. I learned how to embrace this experience and found myself taking opportunities I never would have taken in the United States. It has been an amazing experience.

Hannah Rosen, Carnegie Mellon University

Studying abroad not only helps you become submersed in a new culture, but it helps you learn more about yourself and life, broadening your horizons and opening your mind to endless possibilities

Kristin White, California Lutheran University

ISA staff was very helpful and available. It is great that ISA helps students with accommodations, and even better that they give them the option to do certain things by themselves. ISA respects your independence as well as they try to help with everything they can.

Leslie Landin, University of Texas, El Paso

ISA is a wonderful window to the world!

Mark Brannen, Rockhurst University

Come search and discover your new family of friends in Heredia, Costa Rica; a new culture demands that you have the ability to create your own experience abroad! Make it happen, let your new friends help!

Michelle Marron, University of Nebraska, Omaha

My travel abroad experience was everything I hoped it would be, plus so much more. I practiced and improved my Spanish an extraordinary amount, I met new people, and made friends and connections from all over the world. I also grew close with my host family, experienced the culture, and learned a lot about myself. It was an extremely positive experience.

Teagan Papke, University of Northern Colorado

My experience in Heredia, Costa Rica for the fall semester 2008 was unbelievable, I had the time of my life. I didn't think studying abroad would be as much fun as I had. I would definitely recommend Heredia, Costa Rica.

Tyler Silverman, Florida Gulf Coast University

San José

I have learned more than I ever thought I would. Now I feel confident with my Spanish as well!

Amanda Schwartz, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

ISA provided me with an opportunity to learn Spanish in the best environment possible at an affordable cost. Their numerous online resources and friendly staff on-site and off helped to maximize my overall satisfaction with my study-abroad experience as well! By immersing myself in the Costa Rican culture, I not only developed better Spanish-speaking skills, but also gained a better understanding of how to navigate global culture. Pura Vida!

Amie Lemley, University of Alabama Birmingham

I got to interact with a lot of patients, doctors, and nurses from whom I learned a lot about hospitals, medicine, and patient interaction. You will meet some awesome people and get to see how things work in another country and another culture, the behind-the-scenes look.

Andrew Luckett, University of Kentucky

My experience abroad in Costa Rica was life changing. There is nothing that could replace the memories made and knowledge obtained. What makes this program so wonderful is being surrounded constantly by positive influences that allow you to create yourself in new ways: a wonderful host family to teach you, ISA to guide you when lost, exploring the beauties of surrounding cities, and the culture as a whole will provide you with an unforgettable experience.

Ashley Westgate, Mercyhurst College

I have really grown as a person throughout my study abroad experience. I have met some great people here and have lived with a wonderful host family. If you ever have the opportunity to study abroad, do it, and it will change your life.

Collin Kessner, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Great experience and opportunity for personal growth. Thank you!

Karla Ippolito, Arizona State University

Costa Rica immediately felt like home because of the helpful ISA staff and my loving host family. I can now call another part of the world home and if anyone asks me what the hardest part about studying abroad was, I'd have to say leaving.

Katherine Otanez, Washington State University

Costa Rica has the best environment for learning, exploring and surfing than any other place - ever!

Phillip Glaize, Colorado College

Costa Rica was the best country to go to, but choosing to go with ISA made the experience ever lasting.

Stephanie Cooper, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

I have been so thankful I chose ISA. Everyone has been incredible. I have encouraged other students to consider ISA when they study abroad.

, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Czech Republic


Prague was a great jumping-off point for the rest of Europe. I was always happy to be back in the greatest city in the world with some of the greatest friends I will ever meet. It was an experience that I wouldn't trade for anything.

Adam Striar, University of Colorado, Boulder

Studying abroad was the single most incredible thing I have done thus far in my life. I cannot imagine where I would be in my life if I hadn't had these past months and adventures to give me the perspective of life that I now have. If I knew what kind of profound experience I would leave with I would have chose to study the full year length instead of just the semester. I'm already looking for more opportunities to return!

Courtney Henning, University of Kentucky

I come from a small town in Alabama. Studying abroad in a foreign place, by yourself, without any family or friends can be scary. This was the first time I was living in an actual city. The friends I made through ISA I will stay friends with for a long time. I cannot put into words how happy I am with my study abroad experience. It was more than I ever expected!

Emily Miller, University of Alabama

ISA is hands down the best program. The friendly staff would go out of the way for anyone and made everyone feel at home. I would strongly recommend ISA to anyone who wants an unforgettable abroad experience. You don't know how much you are going to gain abroad until you actually do it. I can't put into words how incredible and growing the experience will be. Do it so you can discover and create your own world!

Emily Sullivan, Washington State University

Coming to Prague was the best decision of my life. I had so many wonderful experiences, met so many great people, and learned more than I ever thought possible about different cultures and different people.

Emma Neesam, Edgewood College

Studying abroad is an experience you cannot help but improve from or learn from. ISA Prague allows you to learn and discover and explore independently while also always providing support, assistance, and sincere friendship as you learn how to navigate in a strange culture away from home.

Julie Kucks, Grove City College

My Prague experience has given me more than I even imagined possible. The friends I've met here are going to be lifelong ones, and the experiences were unforgettable. I've crossed multiple items off my bucket list from being over here. I wouldn't trade my Prague experience for the world.

Leah Turner, University of Denver

Branch out. Definitely take part in the Buddy System at the [University of Economics]. Hanging out with local Czechs and people from all over the world was probably the most rewarding thing because it provided me with a more diverse cultural knowledge. Take advantage of the excursions because those were very informative and fun. Also ask ISA on site staff about travel. They helped me so much with finding restaurants, museums, and points of interest to check out. Whether it was Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Barcelona, or any other place; I found they had such a knowledge of all these places and found it to be extremely helpful. So again, THANK YOU ISA!

Matthew Venter, University of Colorado, Boulder

ISA was the perfect program for me. The on-site staff was unbelievably welcoming and helpful. I could not have been more thrilled with the location of my apartment, the inexpensive prices in Prague and the fascinating content of my courses. I already wish I could visit my fairytale city again and, hopefully, one day I will!

Meghan Daugherty, University of Colorado, Boulder

Best experience of my life. I wish it could last forever! I want to keep learning new languages, exploring new places, challenging myself, and become even more cultured. It's a big big world out there and I've only seen a tiny bit of it. Don't let your fears hold you back because I promise you, you will walk away from this experience knowing more about yourself than you ever thought you could know and with an entirely different outlook on life. Everyone should study abroad and ISA is the best place to start.

Savannah Mahal, Illinois State University

Dominican Republic


Everything I've done in Dominican Republic has helped me grow as a person. The ISA staff has done everything to make sure I do well in school, I learn the language to the best of my ability, and, most importantly, I have fun. Honestly, the worst part about it all is leaving.

Ashley Tarr, St. John's University

I came to the Dominican Republic not knowing a thing about it, its history, its culture, or its people. From the moment I stepped off the plane, I fell in love! Yes, it was difficult at times because my Spanish isn't perfect, but that was simply part of the experience and helped me grow as a person. After my time here, I can't imagine never coming back! I'm looking into bringing my pharmaceutical knowledge here for good.

Breann Zerby, Ohio Northern University

I feel like the experience that I received through ISA is something that I could never have done myself. With ISA I was given the opportunity to not only study, but meet all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds, meet american friends and go on bucket list excursions.

Melvin Fatimehin, Kansas State University

Best experience of my life. I would study abroad in the Dominican Republic for another year if I could. I met so many new people, made so many new friends and gained a whole other family and just for that I wouldn't trade this experience for the world.

Nea Muller, Western Washington University

My experiences in La Republica Dominicana were challenging, spontaneous, and life changing. I had a wonderful time living with my host family, making friends with locals, and spending time with my ISA fellow students. I have completely fallen in love with this country! The music, the food, and the people are a part of who I am now. I can't imagine going back to the U.S. where I won't hear merengue music on every corner with spanish weaving itself through the streets. I am not ready to go back to the U.S. but I don't know if I ever will be. La Republica Dominicana will always be in my heart and I am already planning on visiting my host family next summer. I am so thankful for this opporuntiy to test my independence, learn about another culture, and dance merengue & bachata every night!

Sarah Potucek, Carroll College

My three months in the Dominican Republic were three of the best months of my life. I learned a language, experienced a beautiful culture and island, gained a unique appreciation for the world around me, and came out of it a better person. The experience of studying abroad is an opportunity that every student should take advantage of because it is rewarding in more ways than you can imagine. The only way to find out just how great it is is to go ahead and do it!

Shane Barclay, UC Berkeley

Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic is a place where you are going to gain confidence through the locals. It's a place where you are going to meet some wonderful people that are going to help you when you need the help. It's a place where you have to be open and learn to dance to bachata.

Maria Orozco, Washington State University

This was not just a semester abroad for me. This was a life-changing experience in which I made friends from not only the Dominican Republic, but from all over the world and I developed into a more well-rounded, mature individual!

Nicole Karlesky, High Point University

Study abroad is worth every single penny you spend! Trust me it is one of the best things you could ever do for yourself!

Soraya Villela, Buena Vista University



Study abroad is one of the best decisions I have ever made! I highly recommend it to everyone! My time in London has been one that I will never forget. All the friends I have made and all of the experiences I've had will continue to impact me for the rest of my life.

Chandra Beehler, North Dakota State University

London is an amazing place. Expect it to challenge you, not only in your perceptions of Britain, but in the very way you live your life. This city is an amazing place to live and study. If you're a History major like I am, you can except to find London to be a treasure trove of historical information.

Hailey Galper, Seattle University

ISA is a great program provider. I chose them for both a summer in Barcelona and a fall in England. It was one of the best decisions I've made. I am very likely to recommend them to friends, family, and other future abroad. By going through them my study abroad experience was enhanced in more ways than I could have ever imagined. They organized my classes, housing, cultural excursions, and so much more. Additionally the staff members on and off site have always been helpful, kind, and caring. I have always felt comfortable and safe while being away from home, abroad in another foreign country.

Kate Story, University of Tampa

I feel very prepared to study abroad, because the staff was extremely helpful and friendly with every question I had about my upcoming trip. They made me feel comfortable and excited to be going to London through their study abroad program.

Lindsey Linhares, Mississippi State University

My experience abroad has truly changed my life. I view everything differently now and it had really taught me to appreciate life and culture to the fullest. And now, I finally know that there is another world out there that I had the opportunity to discover, explore, and enjoy.

Margaret Hayes, Northern Illinois University

ISA helped to make my study abroad experience a very smooth transition. Not only were they there to offer support and direction, but they helped me to make the most of my time abroad. The staff is so friendly and invested in making sure you have all the information you need to be a part of the culture. I would strongly recommend ISA to anyone going abroad. Many of my friends who did not go abroad with ISA wished they had.

Melanie Lehnhardt, Arizona State University

London is the best city in the world for education, because there are samples of every culture, every people, every religion, every story there. If you want to become a global citizen, go to London.

Sean Kane, Rockhurst University

I came to England expecting all British classmates, but I soon learned how diverse London is and I have gained a new respect for other cultures. My classes consist of individuals from all over the world and I enjoy getting to know my fellow students and learning about where they come from. There's also always something to do in London, I really think it is the perfect study abroad destination.

Tommie Clark, Iowa State University


Studying abroad changed me. It seems scary going some place you wont know anyone, but it was the greatest decision I ever made. Leave any doubt or fear behind and just do it!

Elysa Binger

The time I spent in England was a lifetime experience that I will never forget. The friends I made, the classes I took, the traveling I did aided in the learning and the eventual falling in love with the British culture.

Hannah Pincsak, Edgewood College

My term at Reading was the best semester of my life! The friends I made, the things I experienced, and the places I was able to visit are things I will never forget and I am so happy that I chose ISA!!

Larissa Denton, Colorado Christian University

Just go, there will always be things you are going to miss when you leave but the opportunities you gain from studying abroad are a once in a lifetime experience. They say that "traveling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer" and it is true. You gain more knowledge and experience from traveling then from any book you read or any movie you see. Studying abroad makes you see the world in a whole different way. It makes you realize that no mater how big the world is we are all connected in some way.

Marta Faugstad

Studying abroad was the best experience of my life. The ISA staff was absolutely wonderful, and my experience would not have been the same without them. I became great friends with the other ISA students as well as locals, which only added to my experience.

Mary Alice Howard, Mississippi State University

Studying abroad took a lot of courage for me; leaving home behind to see the world can be scary. But seeing other countries, immersing myself in other cultures, and experiencing the sights, sounds, and feelings of the world helped me to mature and become a stronger person, and it was also the most fun I have ever had.

Michael Caulfield

The three months I spend in England with the ISA program were some of the best of my life. The experiences and adventures were amazing, and I made friends with not only my fellow American program members, but also with the locals that I know I will keep for life. I could've happily stayed forever, and I plan on going back to visit and hopefully work as soon as possible. I truly found a second home and family in the UK and am so grateful for ISA and this opporunity.



ISA provides you with an incredible opportunity and helps to guide you through a journey of exploration and maturity. Every student is sure to arrive home with a newfound appreciation for a different culture and with a new perspective on life.

Adrienne Cohen, Dartmouth College

Being abroad has helped me not only to be more independent, but also to be a better student.

Brent Baskerville, University of Nebraska, Omaha

ISA let me spread my wings and learn things about myself that I might have taken another ten years to learn otherwise.

Brittany Maquet-Lambert, Harwick College

ISA has been the portal from my rather boring repetitive life, to this crazy explosion of diversity and new experiences. What I will take back to the U.S from this experience is something that I can't stress enough. I see the world with a whole new attitude and I love it. Top class stuff.

Colin Lima, Ohio State University

I couldn't have picked a better program! It felt like a package full of wonderful experiences, lessons, and people

Edith Rodriguez, Texas State University

ISA Paris was one of the greatest experiences of my life and I would recommend that every college student take part in an ISA study abroad trip.

Julia McCormick, John Carroll University

Through ISA, I have lived in the city that stole my heart!! In two months that I have lived here, I have met students with whom I will be life long friends. I have worked with some of the best professors ever, and I have lived in a host family that truly made Paris feel like home. Merci Beaucoup, ISA!!!!

Kristen Cypret, Missouri State University

My experience with ISA was one that I know I will never forget! From the moment I got my first welcome packet all the way to my flight out of Paris, I never stopped learning about Paris, about Europe, and about myself. The places I saw, the experiences I had, and the friends I made will be with me for the rest of my life. I'm so glad I decided to go on this adventure!

Laura Brond, College of William & Mary

Living in another country can change your life. I'm not who I thought I was 5 weeks ago, and I'm grateful for that

Meredith Reynolds, Augustana College

It was the experience of a lifetime. Not only did I have the opportunity to improve my ability to speak another language, but I grew as a person and learned so much about myself. If I had the opportunity, I would do it all over again!



Being Indian, it was easy for me to adapt to the culture. I found Hyderabad to be an interesting culture. I did learn a lot more and am glad that I got in touch with my roots. I would recommend anyone and everyone to study abroad and to pick India! Filled with a lot of culture!


My experience at the University of Hyderabad was a positive experience that helped me grow personally and professionally. Studying abroad in India was a challenge, but I feel that because of this I am a more capable individual


ISA Hyderabad successfully opened my eyes and my heart to all that India has to offer. I was able to learn about the culture and customs first hand, travel to many parts of the country, and build life-long relationships with locals.

Audrey Rattay, Thiel College

Hyderabad changed me, there I said it. Coming to India and doing this program was daunting at first. But simply by being here I learned that being abroad isn't so hard. In fact I stayed after for a month to travel around India and southeast Asia. I would say coming to India with ISA has been one of the best choices I can recall making. The people I met and the experiences I had will be with me forever.

Gabe Fox, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

India was nothing like I expected. It was a rich blend of culture, spices, adventure, and friends that I will never forget.

Priyanka Surio, University of Miami



When I arrived in Dublin, ISA provided me with everything I needed to have the best time abroad. I only wish I could stay longer!

Erin McAleer, Regis University

Studying with ISA was definitely the best decision I made when coming here. They take care of everything from registration to housing, which would be very difficult to do alone. The cultural excursions are great, and you really get a sense of the country's history and culture. Overall I could not have asked for a better experience while studying abroad with ISA.

Joseph Flynn, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

For me, studying abroad was something I had to do to prove to myself that I could do it. I was nervous to leave my friends and the bubble I had grown accustomed to. ISA made studying abroad so easy and less stressful than I imagined. I have made friends, tried new foods, and even explored a lot of Europe during my weekends. If I wasn't currently a graduating senior, I would definitely study abroad again with ISA.

Samantha Watkins, University of Idaho

I loved all of the ISA employees, they were always very helpful and insightful. Ireland is an amazing, beautiful country with a lot of great places to visit. Trinity College Dublin is a historic and challenging university as well as a beautiful campus to study at in the middle of the city center.

Sara Daugherty, University of Central Oklahoma


ISA is an absolutely great program to study abroad with, they are helpful and caring and make the entire experience amazing.

Amy Costa, University of New Hampshire

This was the best four months of my life. Choosing to study in Ireland was the best decision I have made. The people were so friendly and I got involved in activities here that I would never have tried at home, but now can go home and join them at my home university as well. ISA was extremely helpful in answering any questions I had and the on-site staff were excellent! I would not have traded this experience for anything. Make sure to get involved because that is the easiest way to meet people and try something that you can't do back home, it will be well worth it!

Courtney Glicken, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

This study abroad experience in Ireland was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It stretched and challenged me in so many ways, but it also has given me hundreds of wonderful memories I know I will never forget for the rest of my life. I am so thankful I chose to study abroad with ISA and broaden my horizons. I would encourage every student to study abroad, it is definitely worthwhile and an amazing experience!

Emily Pratt, University of Northwestern- St. Paul

Choosing to study abroad with ISA was the best decision I could have possibly made. While studying abroad, I definitely expected to form a group of friends. What I didn't expect was to form a family instead. If you want to learn more about others, the world around you, and especially yourself--choose to study abroad. Choose ISA. The programs they offer and the staff they provide you with give you the best opportunity to live every moment of your study abroad experience to the fullest.

Katarina Waller, Rockhurst University

This experience was absolutely amazing, unlike anything I've ever done. I know that people tend to gush about studying abroad, and it's all true. I completely fell in love with Ireland; the people, the culture, the language, the city, the sights, the was worth every moment. I just wish I could have stayed longer!

Kayla Cook, Point Loma Nazarene University

Being in a foreign country is an exciting experience, but it can also be frightening. ISA directors were like my link to home while I was abroad. If I needed anything I felt comfortable going to them for help. It is so important to have that, so you can feel safe while you are experiencing a new culture.

Maura Hilgar, Rider University



Studying abroad with ISA was a great experience that, and I learned a lot from it. I am very happy that I choose ISA to study abroad with because the staff provided a great deal of support, and the organized activities and excursions were an incredible aspect of my trip.


ISA provided a study abroad experience that allowed me to meet other students, be a part of a group, explore parts of Florence and Italy with the group, but also to have my own independent experiences and adventures. It was just the right amount of support and they made everything very easy.

Blair Zimelis, University of Denver

Studying abroad was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. I changed in more ways than I could have ever anticipated and I would recommend this experience and this program to anybody even considering it.

Casie Fitzgerald, The College of New Jersey

I couldn't have asked for a better semester abroad - I was able to have a completely independent experience, meet new people, learn about different cultures, and grow individually. At the same time, the ISA staff was always there and willing to help students whenever needed; I always felt safe and cared for by the staff member.

Chelsea Bokan, Regis University

ISA was a great support group and were there whenever I needed anything. If I was to go abroad again I would definitely go through an ISA program.

Irene Bischofberger, University of Denver


My study abroad experience with ISA was a positive one, allowing me to become more independent in a culture that is not my own, and creating an environment of fun, learning, and adventure away from home.

Christina Berger, Texas A&M University - College Station

If you are on the line of studying abroad and not, do it. And do it in Rome. The ISA staff were friendly and helpful and always willing to help you dive further into the wonderful Italian culture. Along with activities through ISA, AUR also hosted events that were available to us. My memories here will last forever, and ISA will be one of the memories I will think greatly of.

Claire Roeschke, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

ISA has allowed me to enjoy my study abroad experience. I never thought that the staff would be so helpful and that I would feel like such a better person.

Maria Treglia, Manhattan College

My experiences abroad have opened my eyes to a world outside the United States. I was able to travel Italy, some countries in Europe, and spent fall break in Morocco. School work was challenging, but enough to handle during the weekdays in order to enjoy and explore on the weekends. The people I met here will definitely be life long friends and contacts. Unbelievable experience! I've had the time of my life!

Sarah Janas, Ramapo College of New Jersey

While studying in a different culture may test the limits of your patience and tolerance, it will also give you a completely new sense of yourself. Studying abroad with ISA in Italy taught me that I could take a 10-day European adventure on my own, communicate in a language I learned for 4 months, and realize that I make another home apart from the country I'm from.

Tian Sang, Rollins College



The ISA Jordan program is fantastic. Mohammad will take you to eat life changing canafa and falafel on your first day in Jordan, and four months later you'll realize your life really has changed.

Elika Roohi, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

The ISA program in (Amman) provided me with opportunities that I never thought I would experience. The staff, trips, students and people I met made for an unforgettable experience!

Janna Ruedisale, San Diego State University

After studying abroad with ISA, I can not imagine studying abroad with another program because the ISA on-site staff were so helpful and enthusiastic. They are people who go above and beyond to include the students in their lives and to ensure that the students have a smooth transition into the local culture. My experience with ISA was phenomenal and I will recommend it to all future study abroad students that I meet.

Lydia Shippen, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

My experiences with (ISA) were unparalleled. The amount of language I acquired in such a short time was astonishing, and I am so fortunate for how much of the culture I got to experience firsthand.

Ryan Kolter, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

ISA has the best staff and they go above and beyond their duties to ensure that you are comfortable, happy, and enjoying your stay abroad.

Salam Mustafa, California State University, San Marcos



Living abroad in a country where not many people speak English is challenging, but ultimately rewarding beyond belief. You learn how to communicate and understand people across whatever differences you may have - including culture, language, and background. provided an excellent program and a wonderful opportunity for me to explore a little bit more of the world and both grow and learn so much in the process. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone.

Alexandra Inslee, University of California, San Diego

Morocco is a wonderful place for many different kinds of people and I chose it because I wanted to experience life that was vastly different from the one I grew up in. Not necessarily in the sense of money or food but in culture and lifestyle. What I found here was a culture that I enjoyed and wanted to immerse myself in but also had issues that I fundamentally disagreed with. That was the most valuable part of my study abroad experience: learning that life can exist in many different ways, that there are problems in every society and that its important not to judge a culture from within the confines of your own.

Alexandra Loomis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

My experiences while in Morocco were unforgettable. Learning about an entirely new culture and being able to practice another language first hand could not have been done back in the US. I never imagined traveling and learning this way could be so easy and fulfilling.

Amanda Stainback, Old Dominion University

I had a wonderful summer in Meknes with ISA: learned a lot of Arabic, drank a lot of tea, made many discoveries, and had an unforgettable experience.

Anne Lewis, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

I came to Morocco to have the adventure of a lifetime, and I will leave here not only having accomplished that, but with a whole new outlook on the culture, society, and mostly, myself.

Annie Cutler, Kansas State University

An experience like no other! Studying in Meknes was the BEST decision I could have made. The people I met and the places I visited will forever be with me!

Arilene Hernandez, University of Texas - El Paso

It was a study abroad experience that changed the way I see myself in the world.

Benjamin Stracquatanio, The College of New Jersey

Morocco is not your typical study abroad-it will not be easy, every day will be a new challenge but when you figure out how to get through those challenges you'll be a stronger person and you will no doubt grow and learn from your experience here.

Caitlin Boylan, Goucher College

The best semester I have had in three years. The directors are some of the nicest people I know. I would strongly recommend this program.

Eric LaMarche, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

ISA provided me with the tools and guidance to get the most from my experience, without "holding my hand." This has been the best experience of my life - I have been welcomed into a lively, caring Moroccan family, made friends with my professors and other Moroccan students, and got to experience it all with other American students who share the same interests in languages and cultures as I do.

Jennifer Prillaman, Eastern Illinois University

Morocco is a once-in-a-lifetime experience; I learned so much about myself and the world, and the program brought me to life.

Lyndsey Garrett, Arizona State University

Meknes was the perfect place for me to study. Away from all the big tourist cities and a place where I run into familiar faces on the street. The professors care about you and so do ALL the Moroccans around. It was fantastic to be in a place where people are always happy to meet you and welcome you to their home.

Olubukunola Oyewuwo, Texas Tech University

Learn, explore, grow. That is the Meknes way. Don't forget to Morockit like it's hot!

Sarah Little, Southeast Missouri State University

I fell in love with Morocco, the people, the culture, the food, the atmosphere. This was made possible though the ISA staff and the activities and excursions set up for us.

Sarah, Colorado State University

Northern Ireland


During my time in Belfast, I learned so much about the world. My time abroad has strengthened my desire to travel the world, experience new cultures, and fall further in love with our world and the people that live on it.

Abby Sherriff, Mississippi State University

I could not be more pleased with the people I met here and the experiences I've had! Thank you!!

Anonymous, Texas Tech



I was surprised at how helpful and informative ISA was in my time leading up to study abroad. They even matched me with a vegetarian host family, because I am vegetarian. This has made my worries about what I will be eating so much better!

Brooke Summerfield, Western Washington University

"Studying abroad with ISA was the best choice I could have made and going to Peru was one of the best decisions of my life."

Chelsea Cordle, Rowan College

I am forever changed by Peru.

Hannah Morris, Colorado St.

The ISA Cusco, Peru program is a wonderful opportunity to really learn about Latin American culture. I have been abroad before but have never had such a wonderful cultural learning experience. Living amongst the Peruvian people is truly an honor because I am able to improve my Spanish, see ancient Incan history and traditions, and experience the breathtaking scenery that surrounds not only the city of Cusco, but all of Peru. I would definitely recommend this program if you are looking for a relaxing, simple cultural experience and if you like to learn about the history of an amazingly important country and people (Peruvians and, in particular, the Incans).

Holly Plewa, Saginaw Valley State University

Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you can not pass up. It opened my eyes up to a world I couldn't imagine and introduced me to people that I will be friends with for the rest of my life. It helped gain an appreciation for my life and all the possibilities I have that I never had before.

Jessica Schneider, Dominican University

ISA gave me the best experience with my family, my friends and living abroad. I loved the whole time I had in Peru.

Laine Thomas, University of Tennesse, Knoxville

Cusco was the experience of a lifetime. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about these amazing people, places and culture!

Maureen Zach, Augustana College

I have fallen in love with Cusco and plan to return!

Micah Bagwell, University of South Carolina

ISA was AMAZING and I will recommend it to all of my friends at home who want to study abroad!

Rebecca Silvas, Texas St. – San Marcos

When I studied abroad through ISA I felt like the whole world was open to me and anything was possible. I learned so much in and out of the classroom. Thanks for the great program and the great opportunity.

Tessa Alber, University of Nebraska, Lincoln


ISA is incredible at easing the transition into a foreign country. I feel that every need was taken care of and every question I had was always answered quickly and clearly, whether through email before leaving or in person in the host county. Additionally, the inviting atmosphere and the fun excursions leave nothing more to be desired!

Ashley Woods, Saginaw Valley State University

If you're thinking about possibly going abroad, or even if this is the first time you've ever thought about it, DO IT. It will be one of the most fulfilling life experiences you've ever had.

Brittany Stevenson, College of St. Scholastica

Choosing to study abroad in Lima, Peru was one of the best decisions of my life. The people and culture are amazing and like nothing you have ever experienced. When coming to Peru, you're not just taking classes, you're experiencing a whole new world and learning to understand what it means to be different.

Candice Craig, University of Mayland

Peru rocks! ISA rocks! The entire time here I could only think about how lucky I was to be experiencing so many wonderful and incredible things that I know I would have never experienced elsewhere. This isn't just a study abroad program this is an experience abroad!

Claudia Severino, New Jersey City University

You may be able to learn a lot about a country through reading booking and sitting in a classroom, but going abroad will open your eyes to what culture really means.

Daniel Fink, Washington State University

ISA did it once again! Fully satisfied with my study abroad experience two semesters in a row!

Elaina Montagnino, Seton Hall

On study abroad you can't expect things to turn out exactly as you planned, because you were never expecting an experience this life-changing. The kind, easy-going people, the passionate culture, beautiful excursions, and helpful staff made my experience with ISA in Lima, Peru, unforgettable. As my host-mom, Marilu says, "Nada es imposible en Peru!"

Linsi Phelps, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Studying abroad is the best decision I've ever made! It's impossible to explain how much knowledge I've gained and how much I've changed during this program- it was worth every second and every penny!

Melinda Deinert, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

I enjoyed my time here in Lima; I have learned so much about not only Lima, but about the world, and most of all about myself. This experience has changed my outlook on various topics... I feel like I have changed so much in the last 7 months for the better, and I feel that i am better prepared for the next stage of my life due to what I have learned here.

Rebecca Bigler, Arizona State University, ASU

No study-abroad experience is cookie-cutter - each of us have different schedules, housing preferences, and priorities/goals for our time abroad. ISA staff members understand this and go above and beyond to make sure each of us have the best experience possible!

Sierra Ronhovde, Baker University



Glasgow is an amazing city in a beautiful country! It's very easy to make friends here, and there are plenty of things to experience. I would highly recommend the International Society as it is a great way to meet other international students on campus as well as see many great places throughout Scotland. There are also many societies to join, so you are sure to find one that you like!

Danny Mannix, McKendree University

South Africa

Cape Town

Could I have doubled my stay through the ISA program, I would have in a heartbeat.

Abby Smith, University of California

Choosing Cape Town is by far the best decision I ever made, and I'd do it again in a heart beat. Be wary to watch your surroundings and learn how to adapt; locals can literally spot an American a mile away from attire alone. There are serious perceptions of Americans built through television and the media and as a study abroad student you actually are representing the States, so make a conscious effort to prove many people wrong. Too many people do not recognize the negative impact they have towards American sentiment by failing to understand this. So really, get to know people and enjoy yourself, Cape Town has now become a second home and it is more than possible with a little bit of effort.


ISA is a smaller program which allows you to really get to know the other students involved and create great friendships! Living in Cape Town was the most amazing experience and I am very happy to have chosen to do it through ISA

Caroline Griswold, College of Charleston

Cape Town was the best experience of my life, having a small and closely knit group and an attentive ISA staff made my experience!

Haley Wodenshek, Trinity College

Overall, this semester was the greatest 6 months of my life! I will never forget this experience because of the people, the culture, the environment and the opportunity to see the world through many new perspectives. I would recommend this to every single student!

Jacob Holland, University of Northern Colorado

I had a great time in South Africa and would definitely encourage students to pick ISA. The staff was helpful and made the transition easy. Cape Town is a beautiful place with lots to do and UCT is exactly what a university should be. Some of the classes may be more challenging than those in other study abroad programs, but I learned a lot in all of them.

Madeline DuCharme, University of Virginia

I loved every second of my experience and wouldn't have changed anything about this semester. It was truly the best five months of my life. I don't think I've ever gotten so close with such a large group of people so quickly. Everyone on our program become such fast friends and we had more fun than we could have imagined. The memories will last forever, but we are already excited for reunions and fantasizing about our returns to Cape Town.

Maggie Lenah, Trinity College

South Africa had so much to offer that I wish I could have reaped out my soul and left it there as I headed back home.

Rodrigue Lembvem, Case Western University

Studying abroad in Cape Town has been my favorite part of my undergraduate career. While study abroad might not be for everyone, I recommend anyone curious and willing to leave home for a few months to take the opportunity to go abroad with ISA. It will be the best decision you have ever made and you will not regret it. University of Cape Town is majestic and nestled in the valley of Devil's Peak, the views and sunsets will always leave you speechless.

Sally Dry, Virginia Tech

South Africa is incredibly beautiful in both physical beauty and the warmness of its people. Do all you can to join and really invest in one on campus society so that you can experience South Africans and get to know more about the difficult history and current mindsets. You cannot really say that you studied abroad in South Africa without really engaging in dialogue with its citizens. Many are so willing to speak and welcome you in, so go for it!

Sonia Crosby-Attipoe, University of Denver


Wonderful Experience. Amazing Locals. All around Community. Haven't seen anything like it before. Definitely a significant 4 month life adventure.

Alicia Bauer, Saint Norbert College

My experience at UKZN in Durban was fantastic because it introduced me to a lesser known city of South Africa that is filled with a great mix of new, diverse cultures and fun-filled experiences unique to that area of the country.

Jason Gaines, American University

Port Elizabeth

While on a road trip to Durban, my friends and I met this guy who was WALKING the entire coast of South Africa, from the border of Namibia to the border of Mozambique, and there was one quote he said to us that really stuck out to me and summarizes my time in South Africa, "You will never be completely at home again. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.

Hannah Greenhalgh, San Diego State University

Leave your expectations at home and let your experience shape you. Everything will turn out exactly the way it's supposed to.

Laura Archambault, University of Massachusetts

My study abroad experience was the experience of a lifetime, where I made life long friends and found a home away from home. I recommend it to any one who wants to see the world, learn about new cultures and become much more independent. I can't imagine my life if I hadn't studied abroad. It inspired me so much, and this is just the beginning of many adventures to come!

Nina Christenson, University of Massachusetts


Going abroad to South Africa opened my eyes to entirely different world. The ISA program gave me just enough independence that I could truly make the most of my time here--including traveling, making friends from around the world, and getting involved in the community.


Sometimes it's good to lose yourself. The person you find may be better than the one you lost. South Africa offers a study abroad opportunity unlike any other. While calling Africa my home for six months, I was exposed to some of the world's fasting growing economies, interesting political systems, non-western ways of thinking, a society advancing from racial inequalities, the most beautiful oceans, mountains, one of the seven wonders of the world, amazing cheap cost of living, and friends from more than 15 countries.


South Korea


Seoul will teach you everything about the world: wars and history, the future of mankind, and the importance of overcoming cultural barriers. Despite these things, it's also probably the most fun you'll ever have in your young life.

Benjamin Olmstead, Hartwick College

Choosing a country to study abroad can be very difficult specially a country in which the language and culture is very different than yours. South Korea is a great place to study abroad and learn a new language and culture. ISA will help you throughout the process. You will never feel alone!

Carina Samano, University of Texas at El Paso

It's hard to describe how invaluable the study abroad experience is because there's no experience like it from home. It exceeding my expectations of growth by far. It was the time of my life.

Charles Izzi, North Carolina State University

Studying abroad was the best decision I have made. I was a little hesitant at first since I would be traveling to a country where I didn't know the language, a place that was so far from home, and where I didn't know anyone. That hesitancy was replaced with excitement the moment my plane landed in Seoul. I could not believe that this amazing city was going to be my home for the semester and I could not wait until I had a chance to explore it. The other people in the program are some of the best friends a person could ask for, we promised to keep in touch, and I plan on having them in my life for the long run. Korea is such a wonderful country and I definitely am going to come back to create new memories that I will cherish. Studying abroad is something I will never regret. I will forever remember these memories, experiences, feelings, and irreplaceable friends.

Eleanor LaBarbera, California Lutheran University

This program was amazing; I made great lifetime friends in my host country and met a multicultural group of people. I will definitely recommend this program to everyone and Konkuk University was a great host university.

Esther Appiah, Ohio State University

I never thought that an experience abroad would bring me so much happiness. I have found a second home thanks to ISA! I am a lucky girl.

Hana Bachman, Luther College

ISA gave me the opportunity of my life. Traveling to South Korea has expanded my mind to new ideas, cultures and people. I made friends from all over the world- China, France, Japan, German, etc. Not in a million years, I thought I would be in Korea but thanks to ISA I'm here now.

Jassmin Penado, Austin College

Creating a beautiful life while studying abroad is made even more possible by being in the ISA program.

Jennifer Khang, Concordia University Saint Paul

I have loved my stay in Seoul as part of the ISA program here in South Korea. Konkuk University is one of the most beautiful campuses I have been on, and the city itself is just wonderful. The care and attention given by the ISA staff, both in Korea and in North America, has been very helpful during the whole process. This experience has given me the chance to visit a country I have wanted to see for a long time, and I have made memories here that will be with me forever.

Jennifer Truxillo, University of Houston

ISA not only gave me the chance to learn more about my heritage, but to make great friends and awesome memories.

Jennifer Wick, Salisbury State University

I have grown as an artist and as a person. I learned to push myself, manage my time, and prioritize so that I'd make room in my schedule for friends and actually living during my time in Korea. I'd suggest packing lightly and valuing the time with the people you meet the most because, at the end of the program, you'll come to realize they're really what made your time in a new place special.

Katharine LeeHong, University of South Carolina

Studying abroad is a chance that every young person should take in their lives to learn about themselves but also to gain perspective on the immense and varied world around us. ISA offers the guidance and support to make the many challenges of such an experience easier to handle and overall is a program I would encourage those interested in studying abroad to look into.

Kelly Ross, Clark College

I find nothing more rewarding than to go to a different country and just adapt to my surroundings. ISA helped me to grow as a person and be confident in my future career path abroad. I learned new things not only about Korea, but also about myself that I will carry with me the rest of my life.

Mary Schwark, Bradley University

Seoul is a modern city with all the conveniences you could imagine with a history that has magically been incorporated into it's modern culture. Take advantage of that and the fact that you may find you like it better than home. There is always something new and interesting everywhere you go!

Petra Kalkofen, Marymount California University

I would have to say that studying abroad in South Korea with ISA has been one of my best decision I have ever made in my entire life! I've made many good memories and befriended with so many amazing people here in Korea. I hope to cherish and carry all these amazing memories I have here in Korea with me for the rest of my life. There are not any good words to describe this life-changing experience. You just need to study abroad to experience it for yourself.

Ploua Chang, Mount Mary College

If I had the chance to go back in time before my semester-stay in Korea, I would still choose ISA. This experience has been amazing, and I would not change anything about it. The people, the country, and all I have done thus far will remain close in my heart.

Samantha Marquez, Austin College

Seoul is a culturally rich city and it spread though out the country, where history is just around the corner. It is a city of vibrant colors and people. Seoul truly is a city that never sleeps!

Sarah Dixon, Campbellsville University



The words Barcelona, Spain will never have the same meaning again. To some, they are only the name of a city and country in Europe. To me: they represent the cliche quote of "the best time of my life". A time where I was able to break away from all the fears that kept me from my own personal growth. They perfectly embody the departure of my journey to becoming who I want to be in the future. A strong, independent, and well prepared student and professional. Barcelona has marked my life forever. Amo Barcelona! Amo a Espana! Vale tio!

Ana Flores, Our Lady of Lakes University

I feel like I have grown so much as a person on this trip! I have learned so much about another culture and people around the world, while also learning about myself. This trip has been life-changing and I made friends I know I will have for life. It has really taught me how to appreciate other cultures and has opened my eyes to what else is out there in the world. I am so grateful to have experienced such an amazing trip.

Erin Kennedy, Arizona State University

From the very beginning, I felt very well taken care of by ISA. I honestly had one of the greatest experiences of my life abroad and ISA was a huge part of that.

Hillary May, Clemson University

ISA was just who they promised to be. They are an intelligently designed and managed organization that truly care for their students and go to all lengths to make sure that you feel comfortable and informed at all times!

Kristina Michael, University of Louisville

Studying abroad in Barcelona was the best way to become not only more internationally aware, but also more cultured and independent. You only live once and you're only young once; take advantage of this opportunity and let it be the most rewarding part of your college experience!

Laura Weiss, University of California - San Diego

Coming abroad you are thrust into a completely new atmosphere. Something I really loved about ISA was that they helped you through every step of the process; from applying and getting there to transportation and leaving at the end. They're there for you from start to finish. The staff are great and the combination between the cultural activities and the excursions really provide the most enriching experience. No other program can compare. If I study abroad again, ISA is my sure choice!

Laurel Bonfiglio, Grand Valley State University

I had the greatest four months of my life in Barcelona, I gained lifelong friends, unsurpassable experiences and memories to last a lifetime. Barcelona changed my life.

Madlyn Friedenfeld, University of Kansas

ISA made it possible for me to go to a foreign country where I didn't speak the language and live with a local family, travel throughout the major cities of the country, and really gain an understanding of a culture that I never would have been able to understand as fully on my own.

Michael Couch, Butler University

My experience abroad has changed my life for the better. I know that those were the best four months of my life, and now I can use this experience to make me grow even more as a person as I move on in life.

Nicoletta Shanos, University of Maine

When I arrived in Barcelona, I came by myself, not knowing anyone and I'm now leaving with a family including ISA, students from all around the world, and everyone I met along the way. I've grown to become an open-minded and independent individual. I now have priceless memories and stories that will last a lifetime. I will always have a special place in my heart for Barcelona and I know I will be back here again. Gracias por todo y nos vemos pronto!

Rachel Lawless, University of Mary Washington


Studying abroad with ISA has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. My host family was phenomenal, the staff was extremely helpful, and the city was beautiful! I wish I could stay longer!

Allison Hoefener, The College of New Jersey

The excursions were great, they were the most fun part because I got to know everyone in my group very well and I didn't have to worry about planning any transportation or hotels. I got to learn all about the cities from someone who actually knew where to go and what to do.

Annie Rouse, University of Kentucky

Bilbao is a great city that's a bit off-the-map and helps students see another side of Spain. The Basque country is a unique part of Spain that offers experiences other cities can't offer.

Armen Kagodorian, University of California, Irvine

ISA has gone above and beyond my expectations to provide me with all of the necessary materials and information for my trip. They are willing to answer any and all of the questions I have about literally anything regarding the program, excursions, classes, housing arrangements...ect. I am so grateful for such a knowledgeable and friendly staff!

Austin Leffel, Colorado State University

Studying abroad is really the experience of a life time. It may sound cliche but it's the truth. I have seen more things in the 3 months that I have been in Europe than most people would get to see in a life time. Not to mention that life long friends and connections that I have made. This one decision of choosing to study abroad changed my entire life.

Jeremy Jennings, Kean University

I loved studying abroad. Being away from home is very difficult but living in Europe provides access to the entire continent of Europe. There is always something to do or something to see that is loaded with history and culture. I feel that in my 4 months in Bilbao, I matured as a person and challenged myself by living out of my element and becoming accustomed to an entirely different culture.

Jeremy Pickett, University of California, Santa Barbara

My semester in Bilbao was amazing! It is such a unique city with so much to do. There is always something going on to get involved in.

Megan Walters, Flagler College

The people you meet, the places you go, and the experiences you have in ISA are worth every penny you spend.

Stephen Lien, University of Nebraska, Lincoln


"Studying in Granada for a month vastly improved my Spanish and lent me a new perspective on the world that I usually don't see. It was one of the hardest things I've done, but also one of the most interesting and rewarding."

Abby Brownback, Kansas State University

"My experience in Spain was absolutely incredible. Never in my life have I been better able to integrate myself within a foreign culture. A piece of myself will forever belong to Andalucia."

Alexander Hernandez, Fairleigh Dickson University

"You simply cannot learn fully about another culture in a classroom. I have learned more about Spanish culture and language in three months abroad than I have learned in seven years studying in the US."

Robert Andrews, Emory and Henry College

"Not only did studying in Spain give me an authentic and exotic view of life outside the US, but also a clearer understanding on where I am and where I'd like to be."

Robert DuBois, University of Northern Colorado


"ISA helped provide us with a safe, cheap, and incredibly fun way to experience full immersion in a foreign culture. I feel like I have learned more this past month than I do in an entire semester at home, inside and outside the classroom."

Bartley Hagerman, Miami University of Ohio

"I cannot think of a better way to immerse yourself in another culture than to go abroad, and ISA catered to my needs and contributed to my overall experience in a positive way. If I could do it all over again, ISA would still be my top choice!"

Bree Wells, Texas A&M University

"ISA allowed me to do many things that would have been impossible had I come independently. I can't believe it's only been a month for all that was included in the trip!"

Elizabeth Claycomb, Texas A&M University

"ISA made the experience so easy and stress-free. I was matched with a wonderful family and had an unforgettable experience."

Elizabeth Claycomb, Texas A&M University

"I learned so much in my five months here in Madrid, not only about the Spanish language and culture, but also about myself and my life."

Jillian Rhoad, Ohio State University

ISA was an incredible resource throughout the experience. They went out of their way to be accommodating--even to our personal needs. Loved the program!

Maricela Montoy, Stanford University

I would recommend this program to others because it really broadened my horizons and helped me with my Spanish. I can't even put into words how much this experience meant to me; it was life changing!

Marlow Maruniak, University of Florida

"I will never forget this experience, ISA helped me open up my eyes to another culture, engage my learning in another language, and provided me a summer I will never forget with people I will always remember."

Michelle Kennis, Worcester State College

"It allowed me to learn about Spain in the classroom, at home, and through various experiences inside and outside of Madrid."

Ryan Craggs, Ohio State University

"I think the ISA experience is exactly what study abroad should be. The excursions, the people, and the overall effectiveness of the program have provided me with the best experience possible. I would recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat."

Sharlene Sanidad, The College of New Jersey


ISA is an incredible program that offers students a great way to get to know their country of choice and engage in valuable experiences and relationships while doing so!

Adjoa Anim-Appiah, Albertson College of Idaho

The ISA staff in Malaga is amazing. I had a great time just hanging out at the office and doing the activities with the rest of the ISA group. All the excursions were awesome.

Amelia Hodges, Kansas State University

I love ISA and the time I have spent here I will cherish for the rest of my life!

Brittany Carter, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

I enjoyed the fact that I there was so much stuff that I could do on my own with a reasonable price and that I could be as dependent or independent as I needed to be.

Heather Schroeder, Westminster College

ISA provided an excellent opportunity to gain experience in another language and culture.

Jesse Ford, University of Idaho, Boise

ISA staff made my pre-departure preparation easy and coherent, leaving me stress free and ready for action abroad!

Jordan Barnes, Saint Anselm College

I was able to practice my Spanish so much more because I lived with a family. They didn't speak English, so I was forced to use my Spanish, which I know greatly improved my Spanish skills.

Katlyn Nasseri, University of Louisville

ISA is a great program to not only learn a new language but to be immersed in a new culture and to become part of it. The host families, as well as the employees at ISA, are incredible and will make every moment of our experience special.

Michelle Zavislan, University of Denver

I have never traveled to Europe, but I feel prepared and excited because of the outstanding ISA Staff. Their genuine interest in helping students obtain the best experience makes this program stand out.

Serena Lomonico, University of California, Los Angeles


I expected my time in Spain to be great, but it really was truly unforgettable and I would recommend study abroad to anyone. It's something unexplainable that must be seen for oneself.

Courtney Thomas, Rowan University

I have experienced amazing things abroad and met people that will be a part of my life forever.

David Paradis, University of Wyoming

"It is the warmest feeling to know that someone was there day or night to rely on."

Emmanuel Cornejo, Arizona State University

"I would recommend ISA because it is consistently the best. I have friends who have studied all over with ISA and say the same."

Julie Emerson, UCLA

The experience of a lifetime! I met wonderful people from both Spain and the U.S.

Karleya Sommer, Ohio State University

"Deferring a semester before I started college to study abroad was the best decision I could have made. I learned far more in this term abroad than any of my friends at home in their first semesters of college."

Magdalene Carter, Middlebury College

"It was the best experience I could have asked for. Helpful directors, great people, beautiful city...What more could you want?"

Maggie Burns, University of Denver

I would recommend this program to other students because ISA is very organized and available for students at all times.

Mary Frances Griffith, University of Colorado, Boulder

"The ISA program was incredible. As fantastic as the excursions were, I think the strength of ISA lies in its people. The personal attention was amazing. I would recommend ISA to anyone studying abroad."

Rachel Wagner, Grove City College

Best summer of my life!

Samantha Hunter, University of Michigan


Working with ISA has been the easiest task by far. The amount of work and planning that goes on behind the scenes is incredible when you actually stop to think about it. As a student, I was taken care of in every aspect and this study abroad trip has been unforgettable.

Diane Frese, University of Kansas

ISA was a great resource. If I ever needed anything, I knew who I could go to and that that I would get the help I needed. At the same time, they don't hold your hand through the whole experience. They let you explore and discover things for yourself. I think the balance ISA provided of independence and providing a home base was perfect for my first extended stay abroad.

Eleanor Kurucz, University of Northern Colorado

The ISA program has been an amazing experience because it opened the door to my interest and curiousity about other cultures and individuals. This program has taught me that I want to continue traveling and learning in everyway possible.

Hannah Garrad, Missouri State University

My trip to Santander far surpassed my expectations. Over the last ten weeks, I've made some amazing memories while growing both personally and in my knowledge of the Spanish Culture.

Jace Jackson, University of Denver

It was a wonderful experience, I loved all the excursions and I made friends that I want to keep forever! It's hard to get back to normal and not think of all the things you learned and the place you lived for those months...I miss Spain immensely and I can't wait to be able to go back!

Vanessa Pedroni, Grand Valley State University

Take the plunge! Studying abroad is the single best decision I have made for my college career. I have made so many friends and have had experiences that shaped me into a true global citizen.

Victoria Tonan, University of Kentucky


It was easily the best experience of my life and I wish I never had to leave.

Alise Squiric, University of Oklahoma

I am extremely satisfied with my choice of going abroad with ISA! They provided me with every resource I needed and more. There is an ample amount of detail before, during, and after the program about every aspect of being abroad to make you feel comfortable and productive while abroad. They help in providing local immersion and also tips and suggestions of places to if you decide to travel. The excursions are great and staff is ready and willing to help at all times. You won't be disappointed with ISA!

Carla Brooks, Old Dominion University

Studying abroad in Sevilla with ISA was an experience of a lifetime. I still am in shock that it is already over. These past 4 months have been the best 4 months of my life and I am anxious to return. My heart and soul is in Sevilla.

Elizabeth O'Brien, Northern Michigan University

Studying abroad was the best decision I've ever made. The experiences and people you meet will change your life forever and you don't realize that being abroad and living in another country changes you as well. I wouldn't trade it for the world!

Emily Ave, Arizona State University

I came to Spain thinking I knew where I was going in life, that I knew myself inside and out, but Spain changed it all. It opened my eyes and left my life with endless possibilities and has made me striving to live the most amazing life I can.

Jessica Hartley, Texas Tech University

Studying abroad is always a great decision, but studying abroad with ISA was the best decision.

Jessica Snyder, University of Pittsburgh

I absolutely loved my experience with ISA. I didn't want it to ever end. The leaders are so personable, engaging, and fun- I felt like I had known them for so long. My home stay was perfect. Our family was so precious and loving. ISA was always organized, professional, and really tried to give personal help and advice to anyone who needed it. I would completely recommend studying with ISA and definitely recommend studying in Sevilla. I had the time of my life!

Julie Therien, University of California, Los Angeles

I loved my time here in Spain and I loved how detailed and supportive all of the ISA staff both in the States and Abroad were. Anyone every thinking of study abroad, I say DO IT! You wont regret the experience and everything that you learn. Do study abroad, Do it with ISA.

Kamaria McGill, University of Oklahoma

My semester in Sevilla with ISA has been a fantastic experience. The staff are always friendly and helpful. There are several great excursions around the region and the office is always offering cultural activities. I would recommend ISA to my friends in a heartbeat!

Laura Hayes, University of Kentucky

I can say with absolute certainty that studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain has been the greatest experience of my life thus far. I spent almost four months immersing myself in a culture that proved itself to be so rich and unique that talking about it doesn't do it justice. You have to experience it firsthand to truly understand the gift that studying abroad is. I leave knowing that Sevilla will always have a little piece of my heart- no me ha dejado.

Paige Woodward, Point Loma Nazarene University

Participating in ISA was an absolutely amazing, life-changing experience. I feel like I have grown tremendously as a person. I wouldn't trade any of my experiences here for the world. For any student looking to study abroad, I would strongly recommend ISA Sevilla.

Ryan Klohr, Rowan University


My experience abroad has shown me what it is to be completely happy. I have learned to appreciate life differently and to live my life in a way I did not know existed. If I did not study abroad, my idea of my future would not be as clear as it is now.

Andrea Fajardo, Montclair State University

To put the experience into words that do it justice is a task too impossible, so I would leave it at this: I wouldn't change my experience abroad for anything. It has opened up my eyes to a new culture and a new way of life. Now it is an important part of me, and I will never forget what I have learned.

Chloe Frith, Point Loma Nazarene University

These past four months in Valencia have honestly been the happiest, most exciting, eye-opening months of my life. This experience has positively impacted me in immeasurable ways and I'll cherish these memories forever as some of my best. Thank you, ISA!

Lauren Bartniski, Indiana University, Bloomington

Studying abroad with ISA was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I learned so much about the world, but also about myself. I am so much more independent now, and I am so thankful for ISA with helping me become who I was meant to be.

Lauren Bay, Washington State University

Studying abroad has completely changed my perspective on life. Being here for an entire semester has allowed me to become more independent, confident, and ambitious. I am now aware of the endless possibilities the world has to offer me. For me, studying abroad was a time of growth for myself as a person, student, and future educator.

Lauren Keener, The College of New Jersey

If I could do this experience all over again, I wouldn't change a thing! Studying in Valencia, Spain was the best decision I have ever made in my life. It is the most amazing city in Spain to study in. If you are a person who wants to fully immerse themselves in the culture, as well as a person who loves the beach, parks, and being outside, Valencia is the place for you!

Rebecca Horton, University of North Carolina - Wilmington

I had the best four months of my life and wouldn't trade my decision for the world.

Samara Abramson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst