Choosing a program can be a daunting task. There are some initial items you'll want to consider before completing the application process.
- Meet with your study abroad advisor on campus to talk about course approval, initial paperwork needed for your university and financial aid options.
- Research courses you'd like to take abroad and bring those descriptions to your advisor for review and preapproval.
- Meet with your Financial Aid Advisor if you are considering using your financial aid for your trip abroad.
- Complete your ISA application. Be sure to check the ISA application deadline and the final forms and payment deadline for the program you are interested in.
Step 1 - Meet the Minimum Requirements
Familiarize yourself with the eligibility requirements found under the Overview section of each program on the ISA website and check if there are any additional documents required to complete the ISA application.
- Official Transcript - If you have attended multiple universities, submit a transcript from each university attended. Students must be enrolled at a college at the time of application, although exceptions may be made. High school graduates may also apply for select Gap Year Programs.
- GPA1 - Requirements for the programs range from 2.50 to 3.30. Please refer to individual programs? eligibility section for specific GPA requirements.
- Foreign Language Proficiency - Some programs require a certain level of foreign language proficiency. However, ISA does offer programs that accommodate a broad range of language levels from programs that require zero language background (courses in English) to programs for students who are fluent in a second language. Please refer to individual programs? eligibility section for specific language requirements.
- Academic Classification - Some programs may have specific academic standing requirement (i.e. sophomore or junior standing).
- Program Dates - Deviation from ISA program dates is not permissible during any ISA Summer or short-term programs. Deviation from ISA program dates for Semester/Academic Year programs are handled on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by your ISA Program Manager prior to acceptance.
Step 2 - Complete the Application
There are two ways to apply from the ISA website.
- ONLINE - this option is only available to U.S. residents and those with a credit or debit card to pay the deposit online. If you choose this option you must print, complete, and mail in the signature pages of the application, along with an official copy of your college transcript. Have ready the following items as you will not be able to save and return to complete later:
- The Program Name and Program Code for the program(s) you are applying to
- Your passport number (if you currently have one)
- Your current GPA
- Titles and grades of relevant language courses you have already taken
- PAPER APPLICATION - download the complete ISA application. Print, complete, and mail ALL pages of the ISA application, your official college transcript and the $200 non-refundable deposit 2 (either by check made payable to ISA, or by completing the credit or debit card information).
For both options, be sure to have a Study Abroad Advisor complete the Study Abroad Credit Verification section on the last page of the application.
Certain programs require additional application materials. Please refer to the chart below and the individual program section of the ISA website for details.
|Academic Letter of Recommendation 3||Letter of Intent/Essay Prompt 4||C.V. / Resume||Verification of Enrollment|
(from home institution)
|Academic References||Color Copy of Passport||Two (2) Passport Photos||Program Application/ Course Selections|
|University of Westminster (England)||X||X|
|King's College (England)||X|
|Roehampton University (England)||X||X|
|University of Glasgow (Scotland)||X||X|
|Queen Mary, University of London (England)||X||X|
|Kingston University (England)||X||X|
|University of Stirling||X||X|
|National University of Ireland, Galway(Ireland)||X|
|Maynooth University (Ireland)||X|
|Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)||X||X||X|
|University College Dublin (Ireland)||X||X||X|
|University of Limerick (Ireland)||X||X|
|AUT (New Zealand)||X|
(must be a
|University of Auckland (New Zealand)||X|
(must be a
|Rhodes University (Grahamstown)||X|
|University of Hyderabad (India)||X||X|
|Konkuk University (South Korea)||X|
|Korea University (South Korea)||X|
|Universidad Iberoamericana (Dominican Republic)||X||X|
|Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)||X||X||X|
|American College of Thessaloniki (Greece)||X|
|Universidad de la Empresa (Argentina)||X||X||X|
|Sichuan University (China)||Additional Materials and Steps Required; Please contact the appropriate Program Manager|
|Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Japan)|
|Musashi University (Japan)|
|Mahidol University (Thailand)|
|FSU Program (Valencia)|
Step 3 - Review
Check the application due date for the program of your choice, and submit your application and supplemental materials as soon as possible. Due to high enrollment, ISA recommends submitting applications at least one to two months before the application due date. ISA accepts applicants on a rolling basis.
ISA due dates do not necessarily coincide with student visa deadlines. Some programs may or may not require a student visa. Applicants are responsible for researching these requirements which are independent of ISA's application requirements.
Students who apply after the application deadline are subject to a late fee of $150.
See our Prices and Dates page to find out when your final forms and payment are due.
Be sure to also review the ISA cancellation policy:
This policy applies to all cancellations, regardless of the reason. Your request to withdraw and receive a refund must be made in writing to ISA. The deposit is non-refundable once your application has been submitted. However, if your application is denied due to eligibility requirements, your deposit will be fully refunded. Alternative payment arrangements (financial aid, payment plans, etc.) do not exempt you from this policy.
- If you withdraw from the program on or before the original payment due date, you are liable for the $200 application deposit.
- If you withdraw 1-9 days after the original payment due date, you are liable for $750 plus costs incurred by ISA on your behalf.
- If you withdraw 10-20 days after the original payment due date, you are liable for $1,250 plus costs incurred by ISA on your behalf. Summer program participants are liable for $1000 plus costs incurred by ISA on your behalf.
- If you withdraw 21 or more days after the original payment due date but prior to the final deadline for withdrawal, you are liable for $1,750 plus costs incurred by ISA on your behalf. Summer program participants are liable for $1500 plus costs incurred by ISA on your behalf.
- The final deadline to withdraw from any ISA program is 14 days prior to the start date of the program. If you withdraw after this deadline, regardless of the reason for withdrawal, you are not eligible for any refund from ISA.
Signing and returning all documents in your student portal is your responsibility. If you fail to return the documents after repeated notification (email or call), you will be deemed withdrawn and will not be eligible for any refund.
If you change or defer to another ISA program after the payment due date but prior to the final deadline to withdraw, ISA will assess a $500 change fee plus costs incurred. Program changes are not permitted 1-14 days prior to the start of the program.
Step 4 - Mail Your Application Materials
Double-check your application package. When complete, mail to the designated ISA office below. Application materials should arrive in the ISA office no later than the application deadline. Please refrain from booking flights for your program prior to your official acceptance. ISA reserves the right to adjust program dates to accommodate host university calendar changes, and is not responsible for airline fare or ticket change fees incurred by program participants. Prices and dates are subject to change without notice.
Send materials for ALL programs except those in South Africa, Ireland and the Pacific to:
International Studies Abroad, Inc.
Attn: Program City
1112 W. Ben White Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704
For programs in South Africa and Ireland:
Attn: Program City
2294 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
For programs in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji:
Attn: Program City
12050 N. Pecos St., Suite 320
Westminster, CO 80234
Once accepted, you will receive an email notification containing log-in information for the ISA student portal system. Here you will have access to all of your forms and payment information. Specified forms and full payment are due to ISA by the final forms and payment deadline, which is approximately 2 weeks after the application deadline. Please check our website for the most up-to-date deadlines. We encourage you to apply early to give yourself plenty of time to complete your forms in your student portal.
If you have any questions, please contact us by phone at 512-480-8522, or by email at email@example.com.
1.For most ISA programs, students with a GPA that falls below the requirement can submit at least one academic letter of recommendation and a letter of intent for consideration into the program. The letter of intent should be one page, explaining why the applicant wants to study abroad, and how it will affect his or her academic and professional career. It is also a great opportunity to explain the lower GPA, for example, if there were certain uncontrollable circumstances affecting his or her coursework. Please keep in mind that submitting an academic letter of recommendation and letter of intent does not automatically guarantee admission into the program.
The following ISA programs will NOT consider students whose GPA falls below their minimum requirement: the Pompeu Fabra University and the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain; the University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic; King's College in London, England; and the University of Hyderabad in Hyderabad, India.?
2. Please be aware that the $200 application deposit is non-refundable unless ISA is not able to accept you into the program.?
3. The academic letter of recommendation must be on university letterhead and have the academic reference's signature.?
4. The letter of intent should be one page, written by the prospective student, explaining why he or she wants to study abroad, and how it will affect his or her academic and professional career.?