Mission & History

ISA High School's mission is to provide high quality language and cultural immersion opportunities to U.S. high school students at an affordable price. We recognize that we play an important role in the worldwide effort of international educators to increase individuals' awareness of cultures and societies outside of their own national boundaries. Our programs are designed to maximize our participants' learning abroad, and we understand that high school students need support and expert guidance before, during and after their time abroad.


As the global community expands, the world seems to shrink, and cultural and language barriers begin to dissolve. The need for cross-cultural communication and understanding becomes crucial as more and more of us begin to venture outside of our home environments to discover other cultures. Established in 1989 in Austin, Texas, ISA-HS (formerly LPI) is based on the belief that increased knowledge of other cultures through studying and living abroad helps to encourage understanding in our home communities. We also believe that international travel and language learning are instrumental in personal growth, and we strive to provide students with the opportunity to have eye-opening experiences. We hope that they will gain the kind of self-awareness and personal independence that can only be achieved by living and studying in another country. To this end, we seek to offer academically challenging and culturally stimulating study abroad and volunteer programs for U.S. high school students from across the United States.

ISA-HS works closely with accredited foreign universities in addition to resident staff in each program location in order to provide cultural activities, tutoring services, language exchanges, volunteer opportunities, and many opportunities to improve foreign language skills. Through ISA-HS programs, students have options to equip themselves with working knowledge of a second language, or in some programs, take courses in English. Students earn college credit, experience another culture and explore the area around their host city through both daytime and overnight cultural excursions.

We believe in a service-oriented attitude towards study abroad. ISA-HS helps each student throughout the entire study abroad process: starting with choosing the appropriate program, to completing the application process, to participating successfully in the study abroad experience. From a student's initial contact with an ISA-HS representative, we hope that he or she will quickly realize how important each individual student is to us. We are passionate about what we do, and we are committed to helping students have unforgettable experiences abroad academically, culturally and personally.