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What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

A team of helpful ISA staff members guides students through the entire study abroad process. The U.S. staff helps prospective students with program selection and completion of the ISA application. Pre-departure orientations are also available to enrolled students over the telephone and through our comprehensive online orientation. The U.S. staff is in constant contact with our resident staff abroad, who provide support to students during their program. ISA's staff members also provide assistance to students upon their return to the U.S. Contact us at 512-482-8522 or by email.

Visa Support

Our U.S.-based staff is trained to handle visa and CampusFrance issues and questions for France and their corresponding U.S.-based consulates. Please visit the Student Visa and Embassy page of the ISA website for more information.

Tuition at Host University

Tuition and administrative fees at the host university are included in the program price. Some classes will have additional fees that are not included in the program price.

Official Transcript Issued by Host University with ISA Cover Letter*

Upon the successful completion of an ISA program, the student's host university will issue an official transcript that lists all coursework. ISA will send this transcript to the appropriate office at the student's home university. Additionally, ISA will provide a cover letter explaining the host university's grading system and a translation of the transcript, as necessary.

*Please note that transcripts and master's diplomas will be sent directly to students participating in Master's Degree programs.

Full-Time Resident Staff

ISA's full-time resident staff assists students with all aspects of their experience abroad. With a 20:1 student to staff ratio, the resident staff is able to provide support during official course registration and arranges the program orientation, excursions, weekly meetings, cultural activities and much more. Staff members are trained to ensure the well-being of each program participant and are dedicated to facilitating a positive and meaningful study abroad experience. Please click here to read more about the Paris staff.

On-Site ISA Office

The on-site office offers students a source of security while abroad by serving as a common meeting place and resource center. Please click here to read more about the Paris office.

Bridging Cultures Program

The Bridging Cultures Program (BCP) encompasses the ISA on-site orientation delivered to all students in the first days of their ISA program, with key improvements in areas related to goal setting, intercultural awareness, diversity and professional development. For a number of reasons, the first days that follow a student's arrival on site offer us some of the best opportunities to effectively transmit information to program participants. While the pre-departure orientations that students receive from ISA and their home universities are also important, students are typically more ready to focus on their study abroad experience when they arrive at their host country. The BCP is designed to help ISA make the most of this important opportunity to educate students and to give students the tools that will facilitate discovery and learning during their program. The BCP is an important introduction to a new culture, a new home and a new experience. The BCP is designed to prepare students for a successful, positive and rewarding experience that will influence the rest of their lives.

Computer Lab and Internet Access

ISA students enjoy free computer, WiFi and/or internet access at the ISA Paris on-site office. Students also have access to computer labs and WiFi at the Institut Catholique Paris and the American Business School Paris.

Tutoring

Tutorial assistance is offered to participants who are enrolled in a French language class during their ISA program; assistance is arranged by the on-site directors and should be scheduled in advance, and consists of a maximum of 1 hour per week.

Airport Reception

Ground transportation is provided from the Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) for students who arrive during the ISA designated arrival date and time, and at the appropriate airport. Transportation from CDG is not included for Intensive Month or J-term programs.

Housing*

Homestay: Included in the price of all ISA Paris programs.
Apartments: Available to interested students. A $500 refundable security deposit will be charged to students living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.
Dorms: Available to Summer 1, 3 or 5 students only. For Fall 2014 programs, a $500 refundable security deposit will be charged to students living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Please click here to read more about the housing options in Paris.

Master's Students: Please note that housing in an apartment or homestay is included forapproximately the first three months of a Master's Degree program. Contact ISA for further details.

Meals and Laundry Service

Home stays will provide breakfast seven days a week, dinner five days a week, and laundry service once a week for homestays only. Meals are not provided on excursion days.

Meals and laundry services are NOT included dorm and apartment accommodations. Kitchens are available within the accommodations. Laundry facilities may be available depending on the specific accommodation.

Excursions*

Excursions are included in the price of all ISA programs, except Intensive Month (January, February and September) and Master's Degree programs. Excursions are designed to complement the academic component of the student's study abroad experience. Transportation and guided tours are included. During multi-day excursions, hotel accommodations and breakfast are also included. Additional optional excursions may be offered but are not included in the ISA program price. Students may sign up and pay for these excursions after they arrive at their program site. Click here for a list of excursions (may vary according to session).

*Master's Degree students may add excursions for an additional cost on site.

Cultural Activities in Paris*

In order to maximize cultural immersion, the ISA program staff develops unique cultural activities. These custom-designed activities invite students to experience the local color of their host city, while learning about the history and culture of their new surroundings. Speaking the native language with locals, tasting the regional cuisine, and partaking in the native traditions are just a few of the ways these cultural activities lead to full appreciation of the program city.

*Cultural activities are not included in Master's Degree programs.

Medical Insurance

Comprehensive medical insurance is provided during the official period of the program. Extensions of medical coverage can be made for an additional fee if students plan to be abroad before or after the program period. A full description of coverage can be found here.

24-Hour Emergency Assistance

ISA regular office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:00am - 7:00pm and Friday, 7:00am - 5:00pm Central Time. For students or parents who need assistance in an emergency situation outside of the regular office hours, please call the ISA office at 512-480-8522 to access the ISA emergency contact information for that particular week. Abroad students also have access to on-site staff 24 hours a day.