Once you are officially accepted into an ISA program, it is important to log in to your Student Portal and begin to work on the forms associated with your program, as well as familiarize yourself with your program?s final forms and payment due date. If you haven?t already, begin to plan how you will be funding your program, and if you don?t already have one, apply for a passport . If your program location requires a student visa, it is imperative to get this process started as early as possible; some consulates may take up to 70 days to process your visa application, and may require you to appear at the consular office in your jurisdiction.
After your final payment is processed, ISA will select student housing and an online orientation will be made available in your Student Portal. Shortly before commencement of your program, you will receive a final packet in your Student Portal with your housing assignment and a brief description of it, a list of other students in your program, a flight list, and a final letter detailing airport pick-up instructions.
Any questions should you may have should be directed to your Program Manager or Site Specialist.
Once you are accepted to an ISA program, you will receive an acceptance e-mail with a user name and password to access your STUDENT PORTAL. On the Student Portal, you will access all of your orientation materials, your student record with the documents that pertain to your program, and view payments & charges on your account. Please make sure to login to your portal within 5 days, as your password will expire after this time.
Online Orientation will include general study abroad information such as passport information, basic packing list, and safety abroad. After the Final Forms & Payments deadline for your program, you will get access to the City-Specific Orientation Manual to read in-depth about your program.
Student Records includes three sections: Forms & Documents, Payments & Charges, and Program Overview
One common myth about studying abroad is that it is too expensive. Although it might take a little time to financially prepare for your program, there are many ways to be able to afford going abroad. For some students, it could cost less to study abroad if you apply for additional aid through SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS.
As well, students might be able to use their current FINANCIAL AID to study abroad. Generally, for your financial aid to be "portable" to a study abroad program, you must carry a full-time load at the foreign institution and receive credit for the program toward your degree at your home institution. There may be other eligibility restrictions, depending on the financial aid program, but usually you will be able to take your Title IV funding (Pell, Stafford and PLUS) overseas with you.
Your home institution may require an agreement in order for you to use your financial aid. The first step should be checking with your study abroad advisors and financial aid administrators or bursar's office to confirm what will apply to the ISA program. If you have questions after talking to your university, you can always call ISA for more help at 512-480-8522.
You can also see what other ISA students are currently experiencing on their study abroad trip on the ISA Blog!
If you want to hear about the city you are going to from an ISA Alum, you can get in contact with them to ask questions through the CONTACT ALUMNI section. They are always excited to share their experiences with you!
ISA would like to assure students, parents, and study abroad advisors of the complete concern for student HEALTH AND SAFETY while abroad. ISA takes these concerns into consideration in the planning of the program and throughout the duration of the program. We understand that safety issues are of utmost importance, especially during times when international issues are at the forefront of our minds. Please know that the ISA staff based in the U.S. is in constant contact with the ISA staff located in each program site, and all staff members are committed to the students' well-being during their study abroad experience.
Some great resources for ensuring you maintain good health and stay safe abroad can be found under our HELPFUL RESOURCES section under "Safety Abroad." Here you can find links for the U.S. State Department, Travel Advisories, Center for Disease Control, and Embassy and Consulate information.
As well, the SAFETY ABROAD article also gives general tips about studying abroad and how to stay safe. Make sure to check it out and always call us if you have further questions!