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Now powered by the combined resources of WorldStrides and International Studies Abroad (ISA), our Custom Programs team partners with universities for global programs that meet your learning objectives and your logistical needs. With the most comprehensive capabilities in education abroad, we deliver programs in more than 105 countries, with tailored curriculum support, integrated risk management, and unmatched logistical expertise - elevating faculty-led programs with the power of partnership.
The full-time resident staff assists students with all aspects of their experience abroad. The resident staff provides support during official course registration and arranges the Bridging Cultures 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.
Health, Safety and Security (HSS) for ISA students is jointly managed by our resident staff and HSS team. This team works to monitor risk at program locations, respond to any crises that may arise and develop policies to further ensure the health, safety and security of students abroad with ISA. HSS also facilitates an in-house on-call system with a U.S.-based employee and manager who are on-call and available in case of emergency 24-7.
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. Students who experience an emergency while abroad will also have access to on-site staff 24-hour emergency assistance.
Housing & Meals
The amount of meals and frequency of laundry services vary per location. Meals and laundry services are provided with most homestays. For more details, please refer to the housing information for that particular program.
International airfare is not included in the ISA program price, however students and faculty may book airfare individually, or your university may choose to book group airfare through a travel agent.
Should your university prefer to book group international airfare for the program, ISA has launched a partnership with STA Travel and can connect you with STA dedicated group agents for an estimate. Please note, however, that airline schedules are not released until approximately 300 days prior to the travel dates. If you are interested in working with STA Travel, or for additional information, please contact your Custom Program Manager.
Academic site visits to local businesses, companies, historical sites, and organizations can also be arranged to improve experiential learning outcomes. Many faculty leaders are opting to include these types of learning experiences outside of the classroom to broaden the cultural understanding of the host country, and to underscore their curriculum.
Excursions & Cultural Activities
This section and related links are designed to provide parents and guardians with answers and information about ISA's programs. This is a resource for learning about ISA, what's included in the programs, and how to handle financial aid and health insurance. ISA is pleased to provide alumni comments and contact information to facilitate dialogue between past and present participants and their families. The main section of the website also includes additional information about ISA admissions, program prices and dates, other resources, and up-to-date announcements
A Blanket Accident and Sickness Policy is included in the price and covers the program participant while abroad for the official on-site period of the program. This is not an optional benefit; every participant will be covered by this policy. A full description of coverage can be found on the ISA website. Note that some EuroScholars countries may require you to purchase additional medical insurance for visa purposes.
We recommend that all program participants maintain comprehensive health insurance while abroad. This is particularly important if you have any pre-existing conditions, but is also beneficial if you have an injury or illness while abroad and require further treatment upon your return home. Consult with your current insurance provider to confirm coverage policies while traveling abroad.
ISA can arrange for a guest lecturer to come to your classroom to speak on your course topics.
"I was sick twice at the beginning of the trip, and both times ISA Staff was right there by my side. The Resident Director helped me to find medications, accompanied me to the doctor, and helped me say what I needed to say to the doctors and pharmacists."
Costa Rica Student St. Edward's University
"ISA Granada staff was super helpful, friendly, and always a pleasure to be around. They went out of their way to make sure that we were all taken care of and felt that we were all taken care of and felt that we were important to ISA. They were very easy to understand and communicate with, even though I had limited Spanish skills, and they each had a great sense of humor."
Granada Student Colorado State University
"All of the members of the ISA staff in Prague were wonderful. I can't express enough how helpful they were in planning day trips, in dealing with minor housing issues, and in teaching us the culture and bits of the language. They were great!"
Prague Student Illinois State University
"Powerpoints and lectures do no justice for the journey studying abroad takes you on. Challenge yourself to meet new people, tackle a foreign language and respect another culture. The adventures you take and skills you gain abroad will never compare to passages read in a book."
Rome Student University of California, San Diego