ISA is excited to expand our offering in Colombia by adding the new location of Medellín. Students will study at EAFIT University, Medellín's most prestigious private university, specializing in business. The International Business, Spanish Language & Courses with Locals semester program boasts a wide variety of business courses instructed in English in addition to cultural electives, Spanish language, and courses with locals. Students seeking a short-term business program can enroll in EAFIT’s 2-week International Business summer program.
Students studying at Oriel College, University of Oxford, are able to experience not only the rich educational history of the area, but also enroll in courses in economics and philosophy. The Economics and Philosophy summer program has been made possible in partnership with CBL, another division of WorldStrides, and allows students to enroll in courses taught by faculty members from one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
Students studying in the International Studies, Japanese Language & Culture program at J.F. Oberlin University have the opportunity to study in an intensive Japanese language track or choose from a variety of Asian Studies courses in English, or a combination of the two. Additionally, students now have the option to study abroad in Tokyo during the summer in the Business, Japanese Language & Culture summer session.
At Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA), the largest private art academy in Italy, students will be able to study Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Product Design and Interior Design. This unique opportunity allows students a practical education in one of the most influential design cities in the world. The Design, Fashion & Digital Arts program will be offered during the semester and summer.
ISA is partnering with Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin (HWR) to offer courses in business, management, and economics during the Business & the European Union summer session. Additionally, students may participate in the International Business & Brewing Industry Brand Management J-Term program where they will have the unique opportunity to study the German brewing industry. For both Summer and J-Term, courses are taught in English by local and visiting faculty at HWR.
Students looking for programs in Dublin can now study education, humanities, engineering, science & health, and business through Dublin City University (DCU). With the exciting addition of the Business, Education, Liberal Arts & STEM semester program at DCU, students are now able to study at nearly every major university in Dublin through ISA.
ISA has teamed up with WorldStrides’ Excel Sports to offer a unique program for individual university athletes. During the Soccer, Spanish Language & Culture in Valencia summer program, Division 1, 2 and 3 soccer athletes will have daily training sessions, volunteer at a local youth sports clinic, and tour some of Spain's most prominent facilities, all while taking two classes at the Universitat de Valencia.
The Health Sciences & Nursing program at the University of Limerick (UL) offers a comprehensive introduction to healthcare, nursing, physical education, and sports science. This unique offering includes the Active Body, Active Mind course, where students will be able to participate in aerobic and anaerobic exercises outdoors on UL's beautiful and spacious campus. Courses are taught in English by UL faculty with other international students.
Students will participate in a six-week Intensive Arabic Language program where they may earn nine semester credits and may select from Arabic Language, Arabic for Diplomacy, International Relations and Politics, and Darija. This program is open to students at the intermediate Arabic language level or higher and meets the requirements for the FLAS scholarship.
The unique, Sports Management, two-week summer program offered at the Antonio de Nebrija University offers a comprehensive approach to the various management and business aspects of sports industries in Spain. Lectures and workshops will be enhanced by hands-on field trips to many of Madrid's stadiums and training centers.
Seoul, South Korea
Students studying in Hanyang University’s Korean Language and Electives J-Term program have the opportunity to select from courses in business, engineering, liberal arts, and Korean beauty and makeup. This program offers two back-to-back tracks during the winter break from January through February, which lines up with any of ISA’s Spring programs in South Korea.
The Culture, Portuguese Language, Business & Courses with Locals program has been renamed to Spring/Fall 1 Culture, Portuguese Language & Business. Students who possess advanced-level Portuguese proficiency and are interested in taking courses with locals are eligible to enroll in our Spring/Fall 2 Business, Culture & Courses with Locals program.
Universidad de Barcelona
International business courses have been added to the Hispanic Studies & International Business program, which has been renamed to reflect this new course offering. New courses include “International Business,” “International Finance” and “International Marketing.”
Universidad de Málaga
With an expanded list of courses in English in a variety of subject areas, the Hispanic Studies, Spanish Language, Business & Electives in English program accommodates students looking to pursue coursework in either English or Spanish. New courses include Principles of Microeconomics, Urban Design, International Business, and Criminal Sociology.
Universitat Politècnica de València
The STEM & Health Sciences Core and Spanish Language program was designed for students looking to fulfil lower-level STEM coursework abroad. New courses include introductory-level chemistry, biology and physics (with lab components) as well as International Business, Operations Management, Calculus and more.
New Quarter Progam Options
ISA is excited to announce that starting this Fall, students will be able to search and select programs that match the dates of institutions that run on the quarter system. ISA’s new suite of quarter programs provide students with options that align with typical quarter dates specifically for winter and spring quarters. While many of these programs existed previously, there was not a method in place by which students could search specifically for them, nor were they specifically identified as quarter programs. For more information on these programs, please contact your University Partnerships representative.
Veritas Abroad is launching a Study Abroad+Missions program in Dunedin, New Zealand in Spring 2019. Students in semester and year programs will enroll in classes at the University of Otago and will select courses from a wide variety of fields of study to fit their individual academic needs. Veritas students will enroll in courses alongside New Zealand and international students. Students who study abroad on a Veritas program in Dunedin will also work with our Mission Mentor, Peren Mountfort, to engage the culture through ministry service and outreach with other local Christians in the community.
Starting 2019, ISA Tokyo will offer full-time internship programs. This location provides high-achieving students (minimum GPA 3.0) with the opportunity to get a hands-on experience in a variety of career fields including business and marketing, education, and information technology. Click here for more information as well as a list of available career fields.
ISA Internships Career Readiness Badge Program
Administered through Schoology, all ISA Internships participants will have access to ISA’s Career Readiness co-curricular course to complete tasks to measure their skills, knowledge, and abilities in each of the career readiness competencies as defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). If the intern meets the minimum criteria, they will be issued a certified Career Readiness digital badge that can be added to their LinkedIn profile.
Custom dates no longer available
Starting Spring 2019, ISA Internships will no longer offer custom dates.
Introducing Community Sectors
Our service-learning opportunities are now categorized by Community Sectors, including Community Development, Education, Environment, Family and Youth Development, Health, and Human Rights. Participants from all majors and backgrounds may indicate interest in any of these areas and will be matched with community partner organizations and projects that are needed around the time and duration of the participant's program.
ISA Limerick now offers full-time service-learning programs. Boasting a charming and small-town feel, this close-knit community is ideal for participants who want to contribute to its development while learning firsthand about Irish folklore and history. Click here for more information as well as a list of available community sectors.
Pay It Forward Program
This year, the ISA student-funded grant will go toward developing a Community Sensory Garden in Galway, Ireland, proposed by two ISA Service-Learning students in collaboration with their host organization, Galway Autism Partnership (GAP). Galway families and ISA Service-Learning students will work in collaboration with GAP to transform a space that is accessible for all, tranquil and soothing, providing a captivating sensory experience for GAP service-users and visitors of all ages.
Diversity & Study Abroad
In August, Malaika Serrano and Shelly Alfaro from our University Partnerships team collaborated with Concordia University Chicago to deliver a half-day workshop on diversity and inclusion. Topics included U.S. higher education demographic trends with a special focus on Chicago, student development theories, historic barriers to education abroad, and applications of social identities and intersectionality. The day ended with a case study exercise and open discussion on strategies to empower students and faculty to move forward with diversity and inclusion. For more information on this and other ISA diversity and inclusion initiatives, please see the ISA Diversity website, or contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
University Relations + Strategic Partnerships = University Partnerships
The University Relations and Strategic Partnerships teams have joined forces and become one unified department with the same team members and commitment to service: University Partnerships. For a complete list of Regional Directors, Strategic Partnerships members, and their NAFSA regions, please visit the ISA website.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
ISA has updated the guidelines for the Diversity Scholarship in an effort to enrich study abroad programs with real-world representation and solicit deeper reflection from its applicants. This scholarship seeks to bring the benefits of global education to historically under-served student populations, and is open, but not limited to: applicants who identify as underrepresented races, ethnic origins, sexual orientations, gender identities, as well as first-generation college students and those with accessibility needs.
Each semester, winners of ISA's Castañeda and Diversity scholarship are given the opportunity to participate as ISA student bloggers during their term abroad. Follow along with our selected scholarship winners as they write about their experiences during a semester abroad with ISA.
Complete applications for the upcoming Spring 2019 scholarship cycle must be received by the due date of October 30th. Details about scholarships available through ISA and our host universities, as well as the ISA Scholarship Application and Eligibility Requirements, can be found on the Scholarship Info section of the ISA website.
Agreements & Collaborations
Since the last issue of the Academic Update Newsletter, ISA is proud to have entered into affiliation agreements with the following universities:
Northern Kentucky University
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Point Loma Nazarene University
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
University of Michigan–Dearborn
Utah Valley University
For a complete listing of ISA's U.S. affiliates, please visit the Affiliated Universities page on the ISA website.
Program Name Changes
We have changed the names of some programs to better reflect their curricular strengths and differentiate them from other programs offered in the same city, country or geographic area. Click here for a complete list of program name changes.
ISA has also successfully updated all StudioAbroad and Academic Online Directories. Please renew to ensure all listings are appearing correctly for your students.
As we expand, we are eliminating curricular redundancies, and suspending programs, locations and placements that have historically been under-subscribed. Through this process, we strive to better serve the needs of our students and North American university partners.
Please visit our website for a complete list of 2019 program suspensions.
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