Once you are officially accepted into an ISA program you will receive an acceptance email from your Program Manager, followed by an email granting you access to our student portal. Be sure to include your email address on your application as it is needed to receive this information. The forms in the student portal, as well as full payment for the program, are due by your specific final forms and payment due date. See below for program due dates. If you are receiving financial aid or loans through your home university you will be required to submit your verification of award by your program's final forms and payment due date, as well as a good faith payment if your university is not releasing the funds directly to ISA. If you have not yet done so, you will need to apply for a passport immediately. If applicable, you will also find information on your student portal account regarding applying for a student visa. This is a process that you will need to start immediately, as it may take up to 70 days for any given consulate to process your student visa application and you may likely have to appear in person at the consular office in your jurisdiction.
After the final forms and payment due date has passed an Orientation Handbook will be available in your student portal. At this point all of your forms and payment should be submitted to ISA. After the due date we begin the lengthy process of assigning students to host families and other ISA housing. Approximately 2-3 weeks before your program start date, you will receive your housing assignment, a description of your homestay/housing, a list of the other ISA students on the program, flight list, and a final letter with details on airport pick-up times and instructions in your student portal. Be sure to reconfirm your flight and let us know if you have any last minute changes. If you have any questions at any time you should contact ISA either by phone or by email and speak to your Program Manager or Site Specialist for your program.