Comments From Students
"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
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 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
Just an incredible experience, hard to put into words without writing a 20,000 page paper.
David Jeznach, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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
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
Studying in Brussels through ISA was one of the best decisions of my college career as well as my life. Its central location, international significance, and quirks make Brussels an exciting city to spend four months. The ISA program's staff as well as the college's focus on offering relevant internships to students were also highlights. If you have an interest in experiencing a European city without tons of tourists, but lots of unconventional charm?consider Brussels!?
Savannah Lee, Point Loma Nazarene University
My experience abroad changed my entire perspective of our world. I found new passions, friends, goals, adventures, and challenges. I have matured as person and have been to places I never thought imaginable. To future students planning to study abroad, DO IT. There is nothing more rewarding.
Thomas Schorr, University of Tulsa
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
ISA is a great program to study abroad with. From beginning to end, there was always someone I could speak to and have any questions I had answered. The staff is friendly and patient. The office abroad was well organized and easy to access. The trip was incredible and I recommend ISA to anyone who wishes to study abroad. Pura Vida!
Andrea Rizkallah, Towson University
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
Students should come with an open mind, be ready to integrate with the locals and also be comfortable with some of the changes they could experience coming from another culture. It is an experience you will never forget. Life changing!
Bernard Akem, Northern Illinois University
Great experience and opportunity for personal growth. Thank you!
Karla Ippolito, Arizona State University
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
ISA had provided me with a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will be forever grateful for. Paris has become a second home to me, and the ISA staff has become family.
Leandra Armstrong, Lasell College
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
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 food...it 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
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
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
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
If you are interested in Arabic, Islamic Culture, and Good Food, hands down go to Morocco! This program is so great and I had a blast touring the country, speaking the language, and the overall immersion of the culture! One of the best decisions I have made!
Ben Lutz, Elon University
Learn, explore, grow. That is the Meknes way. Don't forget to Morockit like it's hot!
Sarah Little, Southeast Missouri State 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
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
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
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
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
ISA did it once again! Fully satisfied with my study abroad experience two semesters in a row!
Elaina Montagnino, Seton Hall
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
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
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
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 ripped 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
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
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
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
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
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
I found Seoul to be a great place to have fun and meet the nicest people. The country has so much history and their architecture accurately portrays it. It is breathtaking and so beautiful. The people here are so friendly once you get to know them.
Kayna Mendoza, University of Texas, El Paso
Studying abroad with ISA had been amazing for me. I made great friends and went awesome places. I will always consider ISA family!
Mia Prohaska, Pacific 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
Málaga, the overlooked gem of Spain, located centrally on the Southern tip, meaning you can travel virtually anywhere your heart desires. This city has an airport which offers very reasonable prices to travel throughout Europe. Málaga also has the best of both worlds: whether you prefer to hike or go to the beach, each offer breathtaking views along with great weather year-round. I have absolutely 0 regrets on choosing this location, upon arrival I realized it was and felt like home and since departing I feel as if I have left part of me there, but I am eager to return in the near future!
Amanda Jackman, Doane College
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
Málaga was the perfect, beach-front location to study. It has an international airport, unlike most cities in Spain, which made traveling on the weekends very convenient.
Brianna Burris, Point Loma Nazarene 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
My time studying as an ISA student in Malaga were the best three months of my life. I was able to learn another way of life, gained the ability to communicate with other people in another language, traveled to multiple European countries, enjoyed countless adventures with new friends and learned so much about the world and myself in the process. I will be returning to the U.S. as a well traveled, culturally intelligent and more confident young man with an abundance of memories that I will cherish for years to come.
Charles Strand, Creighton University
ISA is a good program and has very good pricing. All programs include several excursions, which a lot of other programs do not offer. If you are going to study abroad in Spain, go to Malaga. I traveled to about 10 other cities around Spain and none of them topped Malaga. It is the most amazing city and I couldn't have picked a better location to study abroad.
Gretchen Hess, Universidad de Málaga
ISA provided an excellent opportunity to gain experience in another language and culture.
Jesse Ford, University of Idaho, Boise
The experience living away from my family and everything that I am accustomed to was scary but worthwhile because I grew as an adult and learned new things about myself. I was lucky enough to experience something that I would never have thought possible, a new culture from the one I know.
Jessica Garcia, Universidad de Málaga
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
This was the BEST experience of my life. I have made so many friends and memories. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience, and I have no regrets. Never say no to anything. Some of the things I was most unsure about ended up being my favorite memories. Enjoy all of your time because it flies by before you know it. As I'm sitting here writing this review I am tearing up at the thought of this wonderful experience coming to an end. I love Malaga and truly feel that I grew as a person and learned a lot about myself. I wish I could stay longer, but all good things must come to an end.
Nicole Kell, Shippensburg University
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
"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
"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
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
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 not only a cultural experience, it was an experience I will never forget.
Adele Holloway, San Diego State
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
My experience met and surpassed my expectations. It was everything I hoped for it to be. The ISA staff did an excellent job of preparing us before we left as well as prepared us for what was to come day by day. The ISA staff in Seville felt more like friends that I could ask questions as opposed to advisers and I really liked that. They were very approachable and helpful with any question or situation we had. My advice would be to stay open to every experience and adventure. Just because you are unsure of a situation or aren't sure what is going to happen, doesn't mean it's bad.
Cheyenne Maddox, University of Kentucky
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
From the first encounter in the airport to the final meetings, ISA was the best choice in study abroad I could have ever made. I met amazing fellow students who quickly became family, it gave me the opportunity to learn in a comfortable environment, and provided me guidance as I settled into a new culture and a new way of life.
Jana Clark, University of Oklahoma
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
If you take any advice from somebody you don't know, it should be go abroad. It's worth any challenges that you might need to overcome before going. It's even worth having to make up classes. Nothing compares to living in a foreign country for an entire semester. I have learned what it is like to be a foreigner and have matured so much in the process. Sign up now. But really. ISA makes going abroad affordable, easy, and fun! I promise it's the best program. I did my research and have lived it. Go!
Lindsay Kincaid, Carnegie Mellon University
Study abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so embrace every minute. Go outside your comfort zone, and try new things. There is only so much you can learn about a culture in a classroom compared to having actually experienced it firsthand. Don't let it go to waste.
Mitchell Silverman, DU - University of Denver
Study abroad is a once in a lifetime experience that everyone should take. I've learned so much about myself and different cultures. You do things you never thought you could and make life long connections with people from all over the world. I would do this all again in a heartbeat.
Nina Askew, University of Northern Colorado
Studying in Sevilla was the best experience I have ever had. I learned so much this semester culturally and academically and ISA did a great job of showing us the most important parts of studying abroad.
, Ramapo College of New Jersey
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
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