Academic Update Newsletter


  • Image ISA is pleased to announce that it has retained Dr. Anthony C. Ogden as a professional consultant to support our ongoing efforts to provide robust and multidimensional support to our U.S. affiliates and partner institutions. Dr. Ogden is a well-known and -respected international educator with an extensive background in education abroad, both as a practitioner and scholar. As a service to our partner institutions and in our broader effort to contribute to the advancement of the profession, ISA invites our partner institutions to contact us to request a campus visit or to engage Dr. Ogden as a consultant through ISA sponsorship. Consultancy may focus on any number of topics, such as: funding models, bench-marking research, curriculum integration efforts, outcomes assessment, etc). This new service by ISA may be especially helpful for those institutions that want an experienced and impartial perspective on their education abroad strategy, structure and efforts.


  • ISA has successfully integrated Schoology, a learning management system, into all of our 2018 programs. On-site staff use Schoology to facilitate enhanced communications with our students throughout their program, provide practical, important information discussed during the Bridging Cultures Program, and encourage learning and development during ISA co-curricular activities and excursions all through a streamlined mobile app. After piloting Schoology at select sites last year, we are enthusiastic to bring this technology to all programs in 2018.

    To learn more about ISA's use of Schoology, please watch this introductory video.

  • On January 10, 2018, the U.S. Department of State replaced its former “Travel Warning” and “Travel Alert” designations with a new, four-tiered system that includes a rating and security information for every country in the world. The new system is designed to simplify communication and make accessing important security information easier for Americans living, traveling and studying abroad. You can review this information by visiting

    Should your institution have questions or concerns about how the new system may impact travel to an ISA program location, please do not hesitate to reach out to Robin Reliford, Director of Health and Safety - Higher Ed ( or Patrick Barker, Coordinator of Health, Safety and Security ( Additionally, the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), Forum on Education Abroad, and NAFSA will be hosting webinars on the new travel advisory system as it relates to educational travel, and we encourage our partners interested in learning more to check these organizations' websites for webinar dates and times.

    To learn more about ISA's use of Schoology, please watch this introductory video.