Comprehensive Advising and Support
A helpful team of ISA staff members guides students through the entire study abroad process from application through reentry. The Student Services Advisors help prospective students with choosing a program to best fit their academic and cultural objectives. Once a program is selected, students then work with the talented team of Program Managers for the application and financial logistics while the seasoned Site Specialists guide students through academic, cultural and functional aspects of their programs.
The personal and individual nature of advising is supplemented by plentiful web-based materials. The ISA online orientation is a fresh, user-friendly layout that assists in program preparation specifically tailored to each program location. Students can further develop personal and academic goals by viewing the ISA student blog,:60 on Study Abroad Video series or the Culture Corner on each city specific page of the website.
Additionally, the ISA Student Portal, an online interface allowing students the ability to upload supplemental program documents and receive valuable information regarding their study abroad program, was developed to assist students with program expectations and includes important pre-departure information on various topics related to their experience abroad.
Tuition at Host University
Tuition and administrative fees at the host university are included in the program price. Classes are held at the host university and are taught by local and/or visiting faculty. Some classes will have additional fees that are not included in the program price.
Official Transcript by Host University with ISA Cover Letter
Upon the successful completion of an ISA program, the student's host university will issue an official transcript that lists all coursework. ISA's Department of Academic Records will promptly process and send this transcript to the appropriate office at the student's home university and the student's home address. Additionally, ISA will provide a cover letter explaining the host university's grading system and a translation of the transcript, as necessary.
Housing is guaranteed and included in the price of all Busan programs. Students will be placed at Pusan National University dormitory, conveniently located on-campus. Students, who prefer to secure their own housing, will receive a discount equaled to the housing portion of the program price.
Meals and Laundry Service
A meal plan is included in the cost of the program. Students will have two meals per day for semester programs and three meals per day for summer programs. There are also laundry rooms with coin-operated washers and dryers in each dormitory.
Bridging Cultures Program
The Bridging Cultures Program (BCP) encompasses the ISA on-site orientation delivered to all students in the first days of their ISA program, with key improvements in areas related to goal setting, intercultural awareness, diversity and professional development. For a number of reasons, the first days that follow a student's arrival on site offer us some of the best opportunities to effectively transmit information to program participants. While the pre-departure orientations that students receive from ISA and their home universities are also important, students are typically more ready to focus on their study abroad experience when they arrive at their host country. The BCP is designed to help ISA make the most of this important opportunity to educate students, and to give students the tools that will facilitate discovery and learning during their program. The BCP is an important introduction to a new culture, a new home and a new experience. The BCP is designed to prepare students for a successful, positive and rewarding experience that will influence the rest of their lives.
Full-Time Resident Staff
ISA's full-time resident staff assists students with all aspects of their experience abroad. The resident staff provides support during official course registration and arranges the Bridging Cultures Program orientation, excursions, weekly meetings, cultural activities and much more. Staff members are trained to ensure the well-being of each program participant and are dedicated to facilitating a positive and meaningful study abroad experience.
On-Site ISA Offices
Most program locations have an on-site ISA office within the program city. The on-site offices provide students a source of security while abroad by serving as a common meeting place and resource center. For more details, please refer to the ISA Staff and Offices information for that particular program.
Computer and Internet Access
ISA students enjoy free internet access at ISA on-site offices and/or computer labs at the host university. ISA will continue to install wireless internet services at additional program sites where available.
Organized excursions are included with each program to complement the academic component of the student?s study abroad experience. These complementary experiences are designed to engage student learning outside of the classroom in the five areas of the Discovery Model. Transportation and guided tours are included as well as hotel accommodations and breakfast during multi-day excursions. Additional optional excursions may be offered during each program that are not included in the program cost, but provide students other opportunities for discovery.
*Excursions are not included for Intensive Month or J-Term programs.
Cultural Activities in Busan
The ISA program staff develops unique cultural activities custom-designed to invite students to experience the local color of their host city, while learning about the history and culture of their new surroundings. Speaking the native language with locals, tasting the regional cuisine, and partaking in the native traditions are just a few of the ways these cultural activities lead to full appreciation of the program city.
Comprehensive medical insurance is provided during the official dates of the program. Extensions of medical coverage are available for an additional fee if students plan to be abroad before or after the program period. A full description of coverage can be found on the ISA website.
Comprehensive Health, Safety and Security Support
Health, Safety and Security (HSS) for ISA students is jointly managed by our resident staff and HSS team. This team works to monitor risk at program locations, respond to any crises that may arise and develop policies to further ensure the health, safety and security of students abroad with ISA. HSS also facilitates an in-house on-call system with a U.S.-based employee and manager who are on-call and available in case of emergency 24-7.
ISA regular office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:00am - 7:00pm and Friday, 7:00am - 5:00pm Central Time. For students or parents who need assistance in an emergency situation outside of the regular office hours, please call the ISA office at 512-480-8522 to access the ISA emergency contact information for that particular week. Students who experience an emergency while abroad will also have access to on-site staff 24-hour emergency assistance.
Ground transportation is provided from the airport for students who arrive during the ISA designated arrival date and time and at the appropriate airport. Airport reception is not provided for Intensive Month or J-Term programs.
U.S.-based Site Specialists are trained to handle visa questions for each of our program countries and their corresponding U.S.-based consulates.
Tutorial assistance is offered to participants who are enrolled in a language class during their ISA program; assistance is arranged by the on-site directors and should be scheduled in advance, and consists of a maximum of one hour per week.
The Professional Development Toolbox
The Professional Development Toolbox, available in the online orientation section of the student portal, will help students identify the skills and key competencies they have developed through their personal, academic and cultural experiences. The ability to articulate the international experience is a learned skill. This toolbox helps students communicate the transferable skills in a way that shows potential employers or post-graduate universities the benefits our alumni will provide them as a direct result of their experience abroad.
Students participating in an ISA program have the opportunity to receive scholarships or grants that can be applied directly to assist with their study abroad. ISA awards over $600,000 in grants and scholarships each year. In addition, there are host university scholarships available at specific program locations. To see what?s available, visit the ISA Scholarships page.
24-hour Emergency Assistance
ISA regular office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:00am - 7:00pm and Friday, 7:00am - 5:00pm Central Time. For students or parents who need assistance in an emergency situation outside of the regular office hours, please call the ISA office at 512-480-8522 to access the ISA emergency contact information for that particular week. Abroad students also have access to on-site staff 24 hours a day.