Comments From Students
This experience definitely changed my life for the better. I became more aware of another cultures characteristics and learned to open myself up to people who made my trip something I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Alejandra Limon, California State University- Long Beach
Before I went abroad, I had a lot of trouble deciding which program to choose. I could not be happier that I went abroad with ISA. The connections I have made with my host mom and the friends I met through the program will hopefully last a lifetime. Every day is a new adventure, and every conversation teaches me something new. If you are still having doubts about study abroad, stop! It is the best decision I have ever made!
Kathleen Elliot, University of Massachusetts- Boston
Buenos Aires, an unexpected choice to most people, but the best one you'll ever make. I learned so much about myself and and the world around me in my past five months here. The Argentine people are so welcoming and kind and I feel so fortunate that I was able to experience them and their culture.
Makenzie Pigman, American River College
The ISA in Buenos Aires program provides just the right mixture of immersion, adventure, and security for an unforgettable and truly Argentine experience
Roman Druzdel, University of Pittsburgh
A short term program is ideal for someone who desires to study abroad, but doesn't want to make a long term commitment. Studying abroad can still be a rich, worthwhile experience--even if it is only four weeks time.
Sarah Roark, University of Utah
My choice to study abroad through ISA was one of the best decisions I have ever made! My time in Australia was lifechanging! The fabulous support I received from the ISA staff was a huge factor. The ISA sponsored trips were exceptional! I would highly recommend ISA to anyone looking for a study abroad opportunity!
Alexandra McDaniel, University of Memphis
Sometimes the best way to grow is to live outside your comfort zone.
Gina Skiris, Elmhurst College
I really loved the location of QUT. It is set in the middle of the city, but being by the botanical gardens gave it an air that one might think they weren't in middle of a city with 1+ million people. The architecture of the campus was beautiful and technology was top-notch. I'd recommend QUT to other engineering students as the courses were comparable in difficulty to those at my home university.
K. Davis, Kansas State University
Brisbane is a perfect city for a student and a tourist. There is so much to see and do, and it is so easy to get around.
L. Hetland, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
This was an excellent experience overall that I doubt I ever would have had normally. Taking just a few steps outside of what I was used to ended up being an adventure that took me to the other side of the globe where I met some wonderful people and saw beautiful sights. College is a time to have new experiences, and studying abroad is one of the most unique experiences there is.
Daniel Wivell, University of Connecticut
I enjoyed the size of Cairns - it wasn't too big, but it wasn't really small either. The beach was nearby, but the campus was surrounded by hills and mountains, which made for great scenery.
N. Miller, Ohio State University
I never knew I could fall in love with a place. Australia was beautiful and the people were welcoming and friendly. I felt academically challenged at the uni and strove to pass all of my classes the same as I would at home. The hardest part of leaving home was leaving my friends and family. I didn't realize I would have to do it all over again when leaving Cairns. I wish I could stay but I'll settle with coming back to visit. Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I've ever made. My only regret is not staying longer.
Sarah Barry, Grand Valley State University
ISA simplifies the process of studying abroad, whilst also smoothing the transition from one culture to another. Being a part of the ISA program allowed me to make friends before I even arrived at my university, and encouraged me to embrace new experiences with new individuals. Choosing to study abroad was easily the best, and most valuable decision I have made, and I strongly recommend the experience to other students.
Teresa Bennett, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
This experience helped me learn more about myself, a new culture, and people that I will be friends with for a lifetime. This trip was action packed and filled with a new adventure every day, but there was still time for us to explore on our own. It changed my life for the better and I am so grateful for this experience.
Alexandra Lathos, Cal State University, Long Beach
Don't be scared to go abroad not knowing anyone on the trip. Take chances and meet new people. For me it was breaking out of comfort zone, forcing me to talk to new people and making new friends. I can honestly say that this trip has helped me more than one way with that. I have learned more about myself and other people.
Caryn Eisert, Western Kentucky University
<text style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Microsoft Sans Serif', sans-serif">I had the most amazing experience on this program. I met some amazing friends that I plan to stay close with for the rest of my life and I fell in love with a country and its culture. Australia and ISA were the absolute right choice for me. These will always be some of the most amazing weeks of my life.</text>
Emily Rieck, College of Charleston
I am glad I chose to do my study abroad experience with ISA. The program was very helpful in answering my questions and giving me all of the details I needed. Not only did I get to experience a new country, but I also got to experience athletics in a whole new way. I will forever cherish my experience abroad and I hope to go again some day.
Emma Drackley, South Dakota State University
Studying abroad is a wonderful reminder that the world is much bigger and much smaller than you think. It's a paradox that makes imperfectly perfect sense and I feel so blessed to have been given the opportunity to begin to understand it.
Jennifer Steel, Furman University
If it terrifies you and excites you then you should definitely do it. I can't believe how much I have been able to do that I didn't think I could do before. Getting out of my comfort zone made me grow into a stronger person and has made me ready to do so much more in life. Choosing to go to Australia was hands down the best decision I ever made in my life!
Katie Vargo, University of Toledo
Studying Abroad was one of the best experiences of my life. ISA answered all my questions and made me feel at ease with living alone in another country. I would highly recommend kids chose ISA to study abroad through.
Lillian Turner, Salisbury University
This place is so amazing, and I have learned so much about myself and photography. I will take back countless memories and a love for the Australian outback. Tomorrow is our exhibition at the Art Vault Gallery and I could not be more thrilled. Finally, a real piece of my artwork will be hanging in a REAL gallery...in AUSTRALIA! I am so excited.
Alexis Petelos, University of Alabama
Being abroad has helped me become more independent and confident in myself. Studying abroad is a life changing decision, for you will gain a whole new perspective of the world and where you live. My advice to you is to make sure you go out to places and explore, do not stay inside all day. Studying abroad may seem expensive but it is an opportunity that is once in a lifetime... Don't be afraid to try new things and have an open mind. If you expect things to be different and accept it before you depart it will make your life abroad 10 times easier. Say yes to adventure and study abroad, for you will receive a chance to gain independence, confidence, friends, and to experience things that are unavailable to you in your home country
Alexis Pettaway, Elizabethtown College
Melbourne takes some getting used to. For the first couple weeks, you will feel totally lost and the public transportation system will be tricky. But after that, everything starts making sense, and it actually gets a lot smaller than you think it is. It ended up feeling like home to me, and I will definitely be coming back here after I graduate. Don't waste time, either. Jump right into everything and take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves. Go on road trips, travel all over, and be open minded about things because it's a totally different way of life in Melbourne. Learn to appreciate the laneways, street performers, and the locals' serious obsession with coffee! This city is amazing and I guarantee you will fall in love with it!
Cara Lee, University of South Carolina
Just an incredible experience, hard to put into words without writing a 20,000 page paper.
David Jeznach, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
To grow as a person and evaluate the different perspectives of others in a new way. Looking not only as myself personally but my culture, understanding and other parts of my life I had not seen the way I see them now.
Kaitlyn Koener, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Continue to wander. You never know what incredible experience will become of it.
Madeline Anderson, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
There are no words for how perfect my experience was! I fell in love with the Australian lifestyle and made a ton of amazing friends, who still keep in touch with to this day. La Trobe was a perfect Uni to study abroad for many reasons. It was mostly all Australians, so I really got to learn about their culture and get the full "Aussie experience", it's a huge campus and everything you need is right there including stores, a hair salon, restaurants, bars etc. If I had the choice I'd go back today!
Olivia Wicik, Long Island University at Post
I have learned that I can do things on my own and that in the past I have let people talk me out of things, but now I am listening to my own voice because my own voice is what took me to Australia.
Shelby Mulverhill, University of Colorado, Denver
ISA helped me prepare for the adventure of a lifetime. Australia will forever hold a permanent stamp on my heart because I have grown and changed in ways that I will remember forever. The experiences I had are unbelievable and I feel like I created a new life here. I now know that I am ready,confident, and excited for the next journey that this life has waiting for me.
Alexandra Kerlin, Northern Michigan University
Expect the unexpected. That's the best advice I can give anyone who's studying abroad. Sometimes when unplanned things happen and you're forced to adapt to a new environment, just stay positive. From any situation, you'll grow and eventually learn from it. ISA has been a great help throughout my journey abroad and I am so glad to have gone with them. One of my roommates didn't go with an agency and missed out on some great friends and excursions.
Lotus Thai, Chapman University
Studying abroad was the best decision I've made thus far in my life. I had so many amazing experiences and gained so many friends that I will never forget...Even though I only spent 5 months there, I feel like it had an incredible influence on my mindset and view of life. I learned so much about myself. I would highly recommend studying abroad to everyone.
Morgan Schilz, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Studying abroad is easily the best decision I've ever made, and I feel very confident in both the country I chose to study in, as well as the program I chose to go with. I am not who I was when I first got here, and I never want to leave.
Olivia Shove, Chapman University
If students have the opportunity to study abroad, they should definitely take advantage of it. Studying abroad was a life changing experience, and I have no regrets. I grew as a person, become more culturally knowledgeable, made incredible relationships with awesome people, and made lifetime memories that I can tell my kid's kids one day.
Taylor Gerstenfield, Bloomsburg University
Going abroad is honestly the most worthwhile experience of my life. I've found so many wonderful people and wonderful friends; I really can't imagine my life if I didn't go abroad.
E. Schumacher, University of San Diego
This was a fantastic way to apply the concepts and skills you learn in class, and even further, in a completely new environment. Having global work experience allowed me to grow much more than just being at home. I was forced to assimilate and push myself with my work.
I am beyond satisfied with my ISA experience. Any student looking to make the most out of their study abroad experience should contact ISA!
Kristen Benkovic, Montclair State University
Studying abroad was beyond travelling to another country for me, I was able to finally accept my flaws and love myself for who I am. Experiencing what life has to offer in Australia helped me grow as a person and appreciate how other cultures live. It was an overall amazing experience. I am sad to see it end but I'm excited to see what my next adventure is.
Kristine Chan Deloso, Portland State University
The most diverse experience you will ever encounter filled with the most fun you will ever have.
Patrick Fullerton, Montclair State University
Studying abroad has proved to be one of the most valuable and rewarding experiences I've had. I learned so much about myself not only from being independent in a different country, but also because of the people and opportunities I had a chance to immerse myself in. I would do it all over again a million times if I could!
Austyn Thalmann, University of San Diego
The ISA program was absolutely incredible and made my study abroad experience unforgettable. I felt so prepared to begin my program because of all the help they provided me, up to and through the start of the semester. I always knew I had a helping hand just waiting for me in case anything were to go wrong. I would strongly recommend studying abroad with ISA.
Meghan Dolan, Elizabethtown College
I loved my experience abroad in Australia. The smells, sites, and people I have met really opened my eyes and allowed me to gain many new perspectives. I have really been pushed out of my comfort zone, but that has really benefited me. I am now more confident I can adapt to any situation I am faced. The people I have met and the experiences I have had have been amazing and indescribable. They will forever shape me in the direction I choose to take into the future.
Samantha Poratti, University of Maine, Orono
To anyone who is thinking of possibly studying abroad, do it. Don't hesitate. You will learn more about yourself than any normal university can teach. It is an opportunity to see amazing new places, meet the best friends of your life and if you have time left maybe even learn something in class. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Zachary Topor, University of Maine
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
Studying abroad in Belgium was the best thing that ever happened to me. Learning how to integrate myself into a foreign culture will serve me well in my future career field, and I would not trade the experiences that I gained here in Europe for anything.
Erika Ose, Middle Tennessee State University
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
My time with ISA in Florianopolis was one of the best summers I've ever had. My professors were all really friendly and genuinely want to help you learn, the on-site staff is more than willing to help you if anything goes wrong, and Florianopolis is one of the most amazing places I've ever been. I definitely feel like there's something for everyone here.
Luciane DeAlmeida, Western Washington University
Studying abroad in Brasil rocked my world. I've never fallen so much in love with something in my entire life (the country, the people, everything really). I am going back after graduation for a few months and I am already looking for research positions down there. I talk to my Brazilian friends everyday and miss them incredibly much. I miss our group too, cause our group was awesome. I can't explain it with words. Brasil broke my heart and built it back in the most beautiful way.
Michael Tellman, Creighton University
In two months, what was once a foreign country became my home. Studying abroad has changed my life tremendously. I've learned so much about myself and Brazil's culture. I can say that I have met people from all over the worlds that have a special place in my heart. From the small conversations with strangers on the bus, to the adventurous activities, this has been the best experience I could have asked for.
Vanessa Diaz, University of California- San Diego
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
If you can, you should go abroad at least once in your life. If you've never been outside of your own country before, ISA is one of the best ways to go.
Elizabeth Sanford, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
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 provided me with an exceptional study abroad experience. I could tell that the staff loved their jobs; they were literally always smiling. They were very accommodating, answered all my questions, and offered great suggestions too. They helped me make the most of my time away yet managed to make me feel right at home.
Colby Bjornsen, University of Denver
If you are looking for an experience of a lifetime to grow, learn, travel, and truly immerse yourself, then this program is truly your perfect fit and nothing short of amazing.
Divya Reddy, University of Colorado - Boulder
I learned and experienced things that were only possible once you leave your comfort zone, and I wouldn't change one thing about my time abroad.
Greer Dellinger, University of Oregon
This experience has been amazing! I came here thinking Im just going to be a visitor for a few months and now Prague feels more like home that I ever imagined it could. I wish I was just going back to the States for a visit now and then coming back here to continue to study rather than going back to the States and back to my school there.
Katie Stefano, Virginia Wesleyan College
Studying abroad, especially with ISA, allows students to become more independent and worldly. It gives students the freedom to explore different cultures without enforcing restrictions on experiences that are available. I really feel that I have gotten the most authentic understanding of what life is like, living an Eastern European culture.
Lindsey Peecher, University of Missouri, Columbia
If you're on the fence about doing it: do it. It has changed my life irreparably for the better. I cannot think of what this semester would be like if I had stayed at my home institution. It is an experience that cannot be explained, it just needs to be lived.
Matthew DePue, Texas State University - San Marcos
Prague is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to, and I would go again in a heartbeat. There was a special kind of experience that students could have with our professors and ISA advisors that is so different from the US, and I'll never forget it. My advice to future students is to really explore this city. Many people come here because it's in the middle of Europe and therefore easy to travel to other countries, but Prague has its own beauty and history to offer. If you explore and familiarize yourself with the city, you'll fall in love with it too.
Natasha McLain, Arizona State University
If you're going to study abroad (which you most definitely should), ISA is the way to go! They are so helpful throughout the planning process and the on-site staff are so helpful and plan fun excursions and activities to make sure you get the most out of your abroad experience. Other programs don't offer you that!
Rachel Atkinson, University of Kentucky
Prague was the best city in so many ways. Cheap, fun, affordable, and easy on the eyes.
Taylor Craven, University of Colorado - Boulder
ISA made the whole experience easier and more rewarding. Many of the struggles that I saw people in other programs face were dealt with by ISA. Traveling to a new country can be challenging, but ISA works to make the students feel comfortable and feel capable of making the most out of their international experience.
William Atkinson, University of Kentucky
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
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 was the right choice for me and my study abroad goals. For those interested in gaining an intimate insight of their place of study, ISA provides the resources and experience necessary for this fulfillment. I have grown and learned so much beyond London. I have learned skills and attitudes that will translate to home in the United States and wherever else I may journey in my lifetime. An incredible journey and experience, I can't imagine going without it.
Paul Faria, Fitchburg State College
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
While the journey was filled with its ups and downs, I had an amazing time in Reading. ISA staff did a great job of helping me navigate a brand new country, and I have made friends here who I will always remember. I have learned so much, and I now have a wonderful addition to my resume. Studying abroad is a wonderful choice to make!
Caleb Noel, University of Colorado- Colorado Springs
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!
Elysa Binger, University of South Dakota
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.
Marta Faugstad, Bethany Lutheran College
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.
Michael Caulfield, Montclair State University
Studying abroad through ISA was the best choice I've made in my college career. The amount of support and resources ISA gives you during your time abroad really enhances the overall study abroad experience. I know for a fact without the ISA excursions I wouldn't have seen all the wonderful sites England has to offer on my own. Thank you ISA for leading me to create the memories of a lifetime!
Taylor Knudtson, University of Iowa
I came home with so many new, lifelong friends, filled with stories, and a new person. Whatever obstacle I faced while trying to study abroad was completely worth every second. It is an experience not encountered by many, but cherished by those who have the courage to do it.
Estefany Alvarez, Eastern Connecticut State University
This was the most amazing experience of my life. Don't be afraid to try new things and visit new places. Visit as many islands as you can. Most of all get to know the locals. They can give you best advice on what places to visit and they are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. I promise you when it's over you won't want to come home. Vinaka!
Megan Shapiro, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
My time abroad has been the biggest eye opening experience I have had in my life thus far. It has inspired me to learn about other cultures, discover who I am as a person, meet new people from around the world, and spread the word to others about how valuable it is to go through an experience like this one especially with ISA. The staff and program have provided so much help and insight as I was applying, attending, and reflecting on this study abroad adventure. I now have high spirits of traveling the world and finding my place on this Earth, knowing that my journey has only just now begun.
Melanie Stokes, Eckerd College
<box>The support provided through ISA was amazing in streamlining my preparations for Fiji. Living in a 'paradise' is far different than visiting one, and nothing can fully prepare you for that. I think everyone needs the experience of living far from familiarity at least once in their lifetime to better understand appreciate their own lives. It's been a beautiful journey.</box>
Nicole MacLean, University of Denver
Be open to new experiences, take in all there is to see and learn, don't let anyone hold you back, and even when you feel like all you want to do is go home, push through it because it's all part of the experience and believe me, if you make it through your time abroad, through all the ups and downs, you're going to be so proud of yourself and you will leave your new favorite country with so much knowledge, confidence, and memories to last a lifetime!
Shelby Leasher, Shippensburg University
ISA Lille was a great overall experience that allowed me to not only step out of my shell and experience a foreign land but to also meet others who wanted to share the experience with me. I think sharing my study abroad time here with others is really what made it worth the trip and I will be forever grateful for them for being here with me.
Elyse Hill, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
If you are wondering whether to invest the time and money enrolling in one of the ISA programs, I strongly suggest you do so. I was simply looking to get a break from my studies in the USA, but what I experienced here (in Lille, France) was beyond my predictions. In addition to developing a greater appreciation toward myself and other people, I feel more complete as an individual and now possess a deeper understanding of my place in the world.
Natalia Kazakova, Western Illinois University
This experience changed my life. ISA works to show you there is more to study abroad than just going to class and walking by beautiful buildings every day. The program takes you through many different aspects of culture in fun enriching activities.
Alec Miller, Arizona State University
Utilize your resources given to you, take advantage of anything free by ISA. Make sure you understand that study abroad is what you make of it and this is likely the time of your life to be young and carefree. Experience the culture, be smart, and remember above all else that this is meant to be fun and exciting
Helena Craft, St. Edward's 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
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
My semester abroad fortified my passion for traveling and learning with an experience that not only educated me in history, language, and culture, but also taught me that strangers can be best friends, and unknown territory can be home.
Zana Karabatak, Ohio State University
It was perhaps one of the most greatest decision I made in regards of studying abroad! Overcoming the initial hositilites and fears of my parents to Berlin provide worthwhile in the end. Far better program than my experience in Austria with ISEP!
Alexander Cline, Georgia College and State University
I loved going through ISA. I have nothing but positive words and experiences with ISA and the people who helped me. I felt so well prepared to go to Berlin because of ISA.
Studying abroad in Germany was a great decision!
Emily Woessner, Florida State University
Taking part in an ISA Study-Abroad experience was integral to my personal and cultural development. Being immersed into a new language and way of life helped me to better understand my own culture, and provide the foundation for cultural exploration in the future.
Ethan Smith, Seattle University
Studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece allowed me to live like a local while revealing a new look into my academic career.
Danielle Carson, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
I?m so glad that I choose ISA because I met some of my best friends in those first few days with ISA. With all the extra excursions I felt as though I was able to see a side of Greece that I otherwise would not have.
Emily Betthauser, Kansas State 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
Studying abroad with ISA was hands down the best time of my life. I learned and experienced so much about myself, others, and other cultures. I learned to not let obstacles affect what I want to do, and how to really conquer my goals. I would do it again in a heartbeat- Dublin is my favorite place on earth.
Morgan Bourdreau, 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
My time in Ireland was the best 5 months of my entire life. My advice would be to try and find something to do every weekend. Go into the city as much as you can and simply explore. Just walk around with no real purpose. It makes you become much more independent and you'll find loads of cool, local stuff along the way.
Thomas O'Keefe, Widener University
Studying abroad was definitely one the best decisions I could have made and the experience was absolutely amazing! ISA was there throughout the whole process and made everything flow as smoothly as possible. I couldn't have asked for a better experience in Galway!
Casey Flanigan, Saint Anselm College
I came to Ireland because of its rich landscapes and culture to learn, study, write, and grow. I was absolutely inspired as an artist and a human being on this trip. It was a dream come true.
Maria Meluso, Missouri State University
My experience in Galway, Ireland though ISA was one of the best and most transformative experiences of my life. The ISA staff was incredibly helpful and made my time abroad easy, stress-free, and fun. Not only did I learn a great deal about the country, the culture and the people, but I learned a lot about myself. I would recommend ISA to anyone that has a desire to travel and study abroad! You are in great hands with ISA.
Mary Clary, James Madison University
If future students are trying to decide between Dublin and Galway, they should choose Galway. Not only is the ISA director here amazing, but the town has a very traditional feel and is so fun to explore.
Shannon Carrothers, Washingon State University
If you have the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland do it! The culture and beauty of the country was what made my experience so amazing. Also if you plan to travel while abroad you are in a great location to see the rest of Europe. Slainte!
Sarah Curtin, Bridgewater State University
Studying abroad was an absolutely amazing experience and I wouldn't trade the world for my time abroad at the University of Limerick! I highly recommend leaving your comfort zone and trying out new activities and adventures that you normally wouldn't otherwise try!
Sarah Smaby, Michigan Technological University
Studying abroad was the best decision of my life. ISA really made me feel welcomed and helped me out in so many ways. Without them I wouldn't have had such a great experience like I did. They were so friendly and always helped me out even when I didn't think I needed it. Italy will forever be my second home and I miss it and the people every day.
Adelina Fischer, Grand Valley State University
If I were to study abroad again, I would choose ISA in a heartbeat. The staff is so friendly and fun to go on excursions with, and I felt comfortable asking them for any help I needed.
Alina Harestad, Washington State University
Studying abroad in Florence has been inexplicably life-changing, and my experience would not have been the same without ISA. ISA was always readily available to answer questions or help when I need it. And their excursions throughout Italy helped me to truly appreciate the culture and history of this incredible country.
Emily Russell, Chapman University
My abroad experience is something I will cherish every day for the rest of my life. The memories I made continue to make me the person I am today. Thank you ISA for making me feel right at home 6,000 miles away!
Hannah Zickel, Chapman University
For students who are looking to have a hands-on study abroad experience, ISA is a great program with every opportunity available to become immersed in the culture. My study abroad experience completely changed my perspective on our world and was a learning experience that I will love and value for the rest of my life.
Jacqueline Sherry, Arizona State University
ISA is the perfect home away from home in Italy. The staff is welcoming and want to get to know you. They help make Florence a safe place to live as well as a place you will leave part of yourself.
Katherine Brownlee, Colorado State University
ISA was a great program for me! Studying abroad can be very challenging at times but the overall experience was great.
Marta Mueller, Washington State University
I was really nervous going abroad all by myself for 6 weeks in a country I had never been to before, it took a little bit of getting used to but ISA helped me find activities to do everyday and helped me find friendships that will last for a long time after I leave Italy. Even though it was tough being homesick at times this summer in Florence has been one of the best experiences of my life and I'm so happy I decided to do it.
Natalie Gaines, University of South Carolina
ISA has easily been one of the best experiences of my life.
Amelia Alameno, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
ISA provided me with 3 wonderful months of personal growth and cultural understanding.
Darlene Graham, Seattle University
The ISA program as a whole is an amazing team! Helpful, supportive, and determined are only a few words I could think of when I think of the ISA team. They made my experience aboard an unforgettable one and one I surely don't regret. My experience aboard has no words because it would be very hard to try and condense it all. It was an experience and a time that helped me grow so much as a person and you get to learn so much about yourself that you never knew. My advice for students that are thinking about studying aboard? DO IT! it is a once in a lifetime chance that should be taken! don't let fear get in the way of you seeing a whole other part of the world! Trust me, it is a decision that you will NOT regret making. Thank you once again ISA for this wonderful opportunity and all the wonderful memories.
Enedine Becerra, California Baptist University
Do everything you ever wanted and prepare yourself to be amazed! You are limitless, and your ISA study abroad opportunity is just the platform from which you can extend beyond what you may have initially imagined for your time abroad. The world is incredible, but the people you meet and the experiences you share with one another are more valuable than any sight that you will see!
Gabriella Serventi, Seattle Pacific University
Luca, my contact here in Milan was amazing. He deserves anything he wants. A great man and a positive influence on my experience while abroad. Luca was a highlight of my trip. I made a genuine connection with him and I felt even more comfortable knowing I could rely on him while in Milan.
Nathan Ellis, Montclair State University
The ISA Rome program is fantastic. With a great staff and a wonderful academic environment, you'll have an amazing time exploring Rome, Italy, and Europe! This program changed my life. I feel more independent, more accepting, and more in love with the world.
Alexandra Mezza, Notre Dame of Maryland University
I really enjoyed studying abroad through ISA. The ISA staff was very helpful, and the excursions they organized were a lot of fun.
Angela Ciarletta, University of North Carolina – Wilmington
Studying abroad with ISA exceeded my expectations of having an enriching cultural experience. The ISA staff are absolutely amazing, engaged, and passionate about what they do. I will never forget this experience, and hope to continue my studies in Italian culture!
Elizabeth Amini, College of Charleston
ISA was great in preparing me for my trip and my time spent abroad. The staff both online and in my country was so helpful and patient that they really made the transition to a whole new country and culture so easy! Love the ISA staff!
Ella Stwan, Washington State University
The ISA advisors are top of the line, being knowledgeable and more than helpful with any questions you may have. They were a tremendous help in adjusting to my study abroad experience. If I had the choice, I would definitely study abroad with ISA again!
Marc Anthony Sierra, University of Florida
Choosing ISA was one of my best decisions, which you don't realize until you're actually abroad. The Isa staff in the United States as well as in my host city were some of the most kind and generous mentors. I got sick while abroad and they showed so much compassion, by taking me to the doctor and helping me get my medicine, as well as keeping in touch to make sure I was ok, which can be difficult abroad. They made my time in Rome, Italy very worthwhile. When I look back on my time here, they will always be a huge part of why I had such a great time on my trip.
Maris Grantham, University of Alabama
The on-site staff in Rome were the absolute best. So kind and always ready to help at a moment's notice. They will forever be part of my treasured memories of Rome.
Sariah Graves, Arizona State University
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
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
Studying abroad through ISA gives you the best of both worlds: you have the freedom and independence to move around on your own and explore the country at your leisure, but you also have a friendly, dedicated support system to help you navigate the new culture and get the most out of your time.
Jasmine Green, University of South Florida
I knew I wanted to study abroad, but I'm so thankful I found ISA. Between the directors, my fellow students, the locals, and my homestay family, I could not have asked for a better experience. My five weeks in Meknes flew by, and I hope someday I'll be able to go back!
Logan Tidstrom, University of Michigan
Morocco is the only country where you could be on top of North Africa the same day you got lost in a medina and went swimming at a beach! Morocco really makes you ask, what adventure's next?
Matthew Cassidy, Rollins College
Ultimately, you get what you put in. If you want your experience to be worthwhile and memorable, you have to put in the effort as well. Don't go study abroad and only have expectations for the country and the people. Have expectations and goals for yourself. This is the best way to completely immerse in a culture and stretch yourself.
Ashley Park, Chapman University
Living in another country at such a pivotal point in your life has so many advantages. This experience heightened my sense of independence, aided in my own personal growth, and allowed me to have experiences I could have only dreamed about. New Zealand is such a beautiful country and my adventures here reflect that, no pictures will do my memories justice. This country will surely be missed and I hope to return someday soon!
Brenna Thomas, University of San Diego
Do everything. This might sound like frivolous advice, but I truly mean it with all sincerity. If you are taking the time to study abroad, make the absolute most of it. Make a list of all the things you want to accomplish and keep adding to it, and make sure you don't leave the country until you complete everything on that list. Chase new opportunities, because you may never get them again. In my case, the chase led me to leap off a 300 meter building, ride horses along a beach, learn to surf, stand inches away from a tiger, direct an original play, quite nearly work on the set of a major motion picture, and traverse the mountains of one of the greenest places on Earth. See and do as much as you can: you have already made it this far, so take every opportunity!
Jessica Johnson, Chapman University
ISA is going to help your transition to your country abroad so much! The staff are super helpful and care about making sure your experience is really great. Look very carefully at the program you choose and be sure to choose the right one for you.
Shelton Harder, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
ISA staff are extremely helpful during your stay abroad. I would highly recommend ISA as this program not only includes multiple amazing excursions, but creates friendships from day one that will likely last a lifetime!
Simran Sangha, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Don't be afraid to step a lot outside your comfort zone, because that is when really great experiences happen.
Emily Chatburn, University of Idaho
ISA helped me put together and establish my place abroad. It helped me know what I was getting into and then left me with a support system once I immersed myself in my new life.
Emma Baldwin, DePauw University
Make friends with as many locals as soon as you can! Building friendships right from the beginning was so important to me. Don't be afraid to go somewhere alone if its safe, you can sometimes meet new people easier when you're not surrounded by your usual group. It will be a little sad leaving your new friends behind at the end, but its definitely better than being sad about being alone. Don't feel too much pressure to go out and do everything or make it a competition to see who can do the coolest stuff; do what you're comfortable with, but do make this a memorable experience by doing something fun that you may never have the chance to do again!
Gigi Stephens, Washington State University
Studying abroad has been the best decision I have made in college! It sounds terrifying, and it is at first, but you will NEVER regret it!
Kathleen Simon, CU, Boulder
Take a chance, experience the world and other cultures, it may just be the best and most exciting decision of your life.
Thomas McCade, Michigan Tech University
Overall I absolutely loved studying abroad in New Zealand. I truly think that going through ISA enhanced my experience due to the orientation at the beginning where I met my whole program and got to know them so well. Also through planned weekend excursions, or small group meetings. Compared to other programs here, I felt that our ISA group was very close with everyone and the staff truly cared about us as people and wanted to make our experiences the best that they possibly could.
Caroline Garey, University of Colorado, Boulder
Studying in Dunedin affirmed everything I had hoped for in a study abroad experience. Stunning geography, intriguing students and locals, a vibrant university, and great coordinators and programming through ISA. I could not ask for more.
Ellen Smith, DePauw University
Studying abroad with ISA gave me the freedom to experience all the unique things New Zealand had to offer, while also providing a sense of support that could act a parachute if I ever felt I needed it... Studying aboard with ISA provides the perfect circumstances from which you, as a student, can cast off and experience everything your host country has to offer. With local representatives, who know you personally, you feel comfortable leaving logistical odds and ends to them and can then focus on the combination of big and small adventures that are what truly make your time abroad so memorable.
Kelly Berg, Chapman University
ISA has been wonderful! This is my second abroad experience and both times I have loved how ISA has facilitated support and transitions! Take advantage of every opportunity from the beginning to the end! It will fly by and no matter what you do, you'll be wishing you had done 50 other things too! Get to know the ISA program directors! They will be an incredibly valued resource and are always there for you! And getting to know people in your ISA program will also provide friends for life!
Makayla Lorch, CU, Boulder
New Zealand is an amazing place with so many great things to do. Dunedin is an extremely diverse and lively city, with tons of beautiful landscape surrounding it. I would recommend to any student coming to NZ that they pack smart: minimal but proper clothing and more gear/equipment that could be used for outdoor activities! I would also recommend that they keep a journal during their stay here. I have seen lots of kids doing it and I regret not keeping one just to write down all of the cool things I've done.
Taylor Burks, University of San Diego
<box>Trust the process. It may not feel easy at times, but being abroad presents valuable challenges that are difficult to replicate back home. Also never discount what being in a new country will do to your perspective, whether it be as extreme as language or as subtle as driving on the opposite side of the road, each instance can grow one's outlook. For future students, choose a place where you can see yourself living and enjoying for extended periods of time, not simply a place to vacation.</box> <box>
Trevor Atchison, Chapman University
Despite how scary it might seem, go abroad. Just go. Once you're there, dive into your host city in every way that you can. Drink the coffee, talk to locals, take bus trips to unexpected places, buy the cheesy souvenirs, and learn from every single experience!
Christian Geldert, California Lutheran University
The ISA Bridging Cultures Program was the perfect way to welcome me into New Zealand! The staff were always wonderful.
Kelly Clark, Grand Valley State University
Studying Abroad was the greatest decision I have ever made. I've met life-long friends, travelled to incredible places, and achieved many of my life goals. This would not have been possible without ISA. Their amazing staff was extremely helpful, and provided me with experiences that will last a lifetime. Thank for you giving me the best time of my life! I will be forever grateful!
Cameron Rickards, Grand Valley State University
New Zealand, and especially Wellington, is a magical place filled with bright, funny, and warm people who make the city come alive. And the ever changing scenery and art around the city makes the city a constant thriving canvas that always leaves you finding something new every day. It's truly an amazing place that draws you in and never leaves you.
Erin Reilly, University of Colorado, Boulder
Studying abroad exposed me to new ideas, cultures, and experiences I had never even considered. I will go home more open-minded, confident, and aware of the world around me then when I left.
Justin Frey, Endicott University
At least for me, ISA was a fantastic stepping stone from which I could jump into the pool of the world. Great support system and staff, and truly interested in providing students with a complete picture of their new home!
Kristina Thomas, University of Colorado, Boulder
One of the biggest lessons I learned from studying abroad was how important it is to fully engage yourself in every opportunity presented. I learned so many new things and experienced new different cultures by simply being active in the program and putting myself out there.
Samantha Chubb, Salisbury University
ISA was absolutely amazing! The staff became family. The fellow students family. The whole experience was delightful and I would totally do it again! The ISA program helped connect me to New Zealand in a way I would of never been able to experience without their help. I got to truly jump into the culture and I'm very happy I got that experience.
Samuel Tomasula, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Choosing ISA was one of the best decisions I have made. The staff here is always so willing to help with anything, from helping with school issues to finding a place to go rafting. I loved my program and am thankful for the help ISA provided.
Gracie Coen, Oklahoma State University
Cusco has provided me with such an in depth experience - from food, history, customs, festivals, and beautiful views, I already know how much I will miss it when I return home. The local people are extremely helpful, nice, and willing to work with you on your Spanish. Overall, it was an amazing trip and I would highly recommend visiting Cusco and living in Peru for an extended amount of time - it is truly an incredible place.
Lauren Johnson, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Studying abroad in Cusco has opened my eyes and ultimately changed my life. I came here to be in the mountains and explore the wilderness, meet new people and friends, and become fluent in spanish- and that's exactly what I did. I had doubts when I first got here, but looking back, I am SO happy I came. Exploring Peru has become my most favorite experience, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Choosing to study abroad was without a doubt, the best decision I have ever made!
Maranda Bailo, Miami University of Ohio
In my time working with [the Policy and Human Rights Organization] I have learned not only about the wondrous culture that Peru has to boast and all the struggles that have accompanied it throughout the years, but also about myself. I have learned that I can communicate effectively in my second language. I have learned that I can work in Latin America and actually be an asset, not just a hindrance. And most importantly, that although I may not always know where I'm going, I'll always be going somewhere with the help of the great friendships and skills I've gained while volunteering in Peru.
Timothy Hofmeister, Grand Valley State University
ISA Service Learning in Lima is an extremely rewarding program that challenges you as a person forcing you to step out of your comfort zone and immerse into the culture and society of Peru.
Blaine Johnson, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology
People aren't exaggerating when they say that studying abroad changes their life. It really does, and in a way that you cannot expect until it happens. I could not be happier with my choice to study abroad in Lima, Peru, with ISA! I'm already making plans to go back.
Emily Barton, Texas A&M University
Lima was a great decision! Not many people can say that in one month they traveled to one of the 7 wonders of the world, swam in the Amazon river, went fishing for piranhas, surfed the Lima coast, went paragliding with the ocean at their feet and learned to play the traditional Peruvian cajón... and I still had time to get A's in my classes...Amazing!
Laura Lieser, University of Texas, Arlington
Studying abroad with ISA in Lima has been one of the best decisions I've ever made! The ISA on-site staff here is amazing and very supportive. I highly recommend ISA and all of their study abroad programs, especially their programs in Peru.
Paige Tenneson, Colorado State 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
I had a wonderful experience with ISA - they were super helpful and made my time abroad amazingly easy and enjoyable.
Kylie McKenzie, Kansas State University
ISA opened the door to an opportunity of a lifetime!
Mina Raja, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
I loved traveling through ISA. The program was informative, up to date on travel safety and relevant information in regards to the country I was traveling to, and made my study abroad experience painless.
My experience with ISA was wonderful. The staff that helped me from the beginning to the end of my decision making process as well as my time abroad were excellent. I am so glad that I chose ISA to aid me in my abroad experience.
Katie Anderson, University of Dayton
I don't think I could have asked for a more unique and personal experience. ISA did the most out of any groups to give us a taste of everything Scotland. The bond I made with my fellow program members is something I'll cherish forever thanks to ISA.
Leah Tyler, Carroll College
Simply put, Scotland is amazing! My favourite part was a trip to the highlands. The natural landscape will take your breath away. If you can, stray away from the temptation of eating at a McDonalds, KFC, Subway, etc. Try local restaurants and new food. And most importantly, seize every opportunity that comes your way
Molly Snow, Northern Michigan University
I joined an ice hockey team and learned so much more by being around locals who weren't students. I quickly changed from a student visitor to someone who can call this country home. It could be something as simple as joining a traditional music session, or a theatre company, or local recreational sport, but break those comfort zones within the school so you can really immerse yourself with the locals and experience life the way they do.
Steven Lesko, Grand Valley State University
ISA made studying abroad easy and personalized. The onsite staff make you feel comfortable and prepared. South Africa was amazing and your friendships will last a life time!
Be sure to make the most of your time abroad! Finding a balance between school and exploring is so important to having a fulfilling semester. Studying in a different country is a once in a lifetime experience and it goes by in the blink of an eye!
I think studying abroad was the best choice I have ever made. I learned so much about South Africa and myself.
Courtney Souders, Towson University
Studying in Cape Town provided me with experience I could have never expected. The culture is extremely unique, and I am honored to have gotten the chance to live in such an eclectic city.
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
This experience here in Cape Town offered by ISA was one of a kind, and I don't think I would've had anything like it in any other program.
Molly Hanlon, Loyola University Maryland
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
Studying abroad was the best decision I ever made in my undergraduate education. The experiences,
Marielle Menke, Grand Valley State University
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
ISA was my doorway to maturity, if anyone has a chance to open that door as well, start knocking!!
Chanise Love, Grand Valley State
Studying abroad was one of the best decisions of my life, but I know that it would not have been near as fantastic if I had chosen a program other than ISA. From start to finish, every ISA staff member that I came in contact with was friendly, eager to help, and very knowledgeable. I loved the excursions, the price, the friends that I made, the classes, and the professors. I would recommend studying abroad with ISA to anyone and everyone.
Katie Hicks, University of Arkansas
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
Looking back on how amazing of an experience college has been thus far, this ISA experience abroad, even though it was only a short summer term, has shaped how I will look on my early twenties forever.
Patrick Clarke, Arizona State University
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
ISA helped me along the way with whatever I needed, but also gave me enough space to develop myself and be independent. I couldn't have asked for much more in a study abroad program!
Cole Gabalis, University of Kentucky
A part of me will always be in Bilbao with the amazing people I met, beautiful sights I saw, and life changing moment that have made me who I am. I wish I could relive every single second a thousand times over again.
Elizabeth Hughes, Hamline University
Studying abroad was by far one of the greatest experiences of my life, ISA was there to make that experience all the better. They paired with an amazing host family and gave me the ability to explore one of the greatest cities in the world. I dont regret one minute of it.
Gabriella Carrethers, University of Denver
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
Bilbao is such a wonderful place. ISA, the locals, food, classes, professors, everything was absolutely amazing.
Mercedes Finstuen, South Dakota State University
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
Three months ago I was almost to scared to get on the plane, but thank goodness I did. My abroad experience has been the most rewarding experience of my life so far. I have learned to appreciate a beautiful new culture and its people while becoming more independent and confident in the process. I have never smiled more than I have during my three months in Spain, and I feel so lucky to have had this once in a lifetime opportunity!
Holly Dawson, University of Denver
Granada is an amazing place that you will come to love as soon as you get here. ISA makes living in this city easy by providing support like taking you to the doctor when you get sick, giving you a place (super close to school) to study and rest. The ISA directors are probably the nicest group of adults I've met in a formal school experience like this. They are awesome!
Isabel Klompus, Saint Mary's College of Maryland
The ISA program in Granada gave me an experience abroad that I will never forget. I am coming back to America a much more independent, culturally aware individual. I cannot explain how much I have grown in just two months of being abroad. I would highly recommend anyone that has the opportunity to travel with ISA. It's truly a life changing experience.
Jenna Daniel, University of Florida
Everyday was a new adventure. Everyday was another chance to make a friend, learn a word, find a place. In Granada, you would never know if something cool is around the corner until you walk around that corner and see it for yourself. And that is just what I did.
Kaza Komelski-Correa, Radford University
I could not have chosen a better program than ISA Granada. The staff was so invested in our experience and progress, the community was incredibly welcoming, and the city is absolutely stunning. I got to see so much of Spain and have a huge appreciation for learning the language and about the culture. It was so rewarding to have my Spanish improve at such a quick rate, to build relationships with locals of all ages, and to be a part of a Spanish family. I am now much more confident in my ability to follow up on new opportunities, and wherever they may take me in the world.
Olivia Meyer, James Madison University
"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
¡Sonrie! ¡Estás en Granada! Granada is the perfect city to capture the culture of Spain. There's plenty to do from touring the Alhambra to taking advantage of the free tapas! Don't be afraid to get lost in the city, because when you do, you'll find a new adventure around every corner
Talitha Elbert, Concordia College
Studying abroad with ISA has been the best decision of my college experience. I expected to learn about the culture, and of course about Spanish in my classes, but I never could have guessed how much I would learn about myself in the process. The people I met, the places I visited, and the experiences I had were invaluable.
Abby Gould, University of South Carolina
Studying abroad was a perfect way to get to know many different cultures and gain a broader understanding about cultural differences. I would recommend students going abroad to keep an open mind about everything, to be aware of cultural differences, to research the places they will be visiting before their travels, and to take advantage of any opportunity to try new things.
Ana Ferrer, University of Michigan
ISA has provided me with so many opportunities to learn about Spain and the history and culture and a safe and comfortable place to communicate. I loved every minute in Spain and it wouldn't happen without them!
Emilie Lenz, Luther University
Studying abroad for an entire semester was the best thing I've ever done for myself. I can't begin to explain all of the ways that this experience has helped me grow as a person, both academically and emotionally. ISA Madrid is an incredible program with exceptional staff, and I would recommend this program to any students considering a semester abroad.
Tori McChesney, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
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
Choosing ISA Salamanca was definitely the right choice for me. I loved studying abroad in Salamanca; ISA was honestly one of the most organized programs, and the staff there was always there for me.
Abbie Schaber, Luther College
Getting prepared for my first study-abroad trip was extremely stressful since there are so many things to take care of. That said, I'm very appreciative to have had the Student Portal and ISA website materials to read. Also, the thing that makes all the difference is the customer service aspect, and ISA has excellent people willing to answer my questions and help me when I need them.
Amanda Hudinsky, University of Minnesota, Morris
ISA is a great program, with great on site help. All of the employees in Salamanca are extremely kind, helpful, and knowledgeable. Choosing ISA was the best decision I have made. The experiences I have gained are unforgettable.
Katie Danto, Grand Valley State University
ISA allowed me to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. I was so glad that I planned my trip through them because I had all of the information I needed and they provide things that you wouldn't necessarily have access to if you just studied abroad at a foreign university on your own.
Kendall Thrall, University of California - Irvine
I will never have an experience comparable to the four months I spent in Salamanca. I made friends who will stay in my life forever, met some of the most interesting people from all over the world, and gained more knowledge, independence, and compassion than I would have if I hadn't chosen to study abroad.
Paige Pierce, University of South Carolina
ISA Salamanca was a program that surpassed all of my expectations, not only with my home stay (I LOVED my home stay) and class, but with the program as a whole. This city blew me away and truly felt like home after my 8 week stay. This will not be last time in Salamanca and definitely not my last time with my new ISA and Salamanca family.
Scott VanLaningham, Seattle University
Studying abroad with ISA in Salamanca gave me the opportunity to improve my Spanish skills, build friendships, learn & love the culture, and grow an appreciation for the world around me. I'm so grateful for my time spent in Salamanca and the ISA team that made it all possible.
Stephanie Speller, University of Kentucky
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
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
I absolutely loved my experience with ISA. I didn't want it to ever end. The leaders are so personable, engaging, and fun- I felt like I had known them for so long. My home stay was perfect. Our family was so precious and loving. ISA was always organized, professional, and really tried to give personal help and advice to anyone who needed it. I would completely recommend studying with ISA and definitely recommend studying in Sevilla. I had the time of my life!
Julie Therien, University of California, Los Angeles
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
While studying abroad with ISA, I learned so much, not just in the Spanish classes I was taking, but through the faculty and staff and just being in the beautiful city of Sevilla. The more time you spend just wandering and losing yourself in the streets, the more the city shows you. All of the excursions included in the Sevilla program really made it easy to see more of Spain and appreciate what I had the privilege to experience.
Rebecca Karl, Grand Valley State University
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
To put the experience into words that do it justice is a task too impossible, so I would leave it at this: I wouldn't change my experience abroad for anything. It has opened up my eyes to a new culture and a new way of life. Now it is an important part of me, and I will never forget what I have learned.
Chloe Frith, Point Loma Nazarene University
ISA brought us together as a family in a foreign environment that we were eventually able to call home. Valencia, as well as the wonderful people I encountered while there, will be a part of me for the rest of my life.
Corey Thompson, University of Kentucky
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 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
Honestly, studying through ISA was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I had a summer I will never forget with some truly remarkable people.
Nikki Schroeder, Eastern Washington University
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
The ISA office was invaluable resources for me while in Thailand. I was significantly less stressed because I knew I could receive help with anything and everything!
Aleina Tanabe, Regis University
I would not exchange this opportunity for anything in the world and it was by far the greatest time of my life! I can't wait to come back to Thailand and continue to practice my Thai language skills back home. Thailand will always have a special place in my heart.
Matt Weisman, California Lutheran University