International Education

What is ISEP?

ISEP is an exchange association that enables Willamette students to enroll in universities around the world as exchange students. ISEP programs ARE Willamette Sponsored Programs. (All information regarding Willamette Sponsored Programs applies to ISEP programs.)

ISEP universities are located in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, La Réunion, French Antilles, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Hungary, IcelandIndia, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Uruguay.

Explore ISEP programs by reading the instructions under the How do I look for ISEP Programs? question.

  1. How is ISEP different than other WU Sponsored Programs?
  2. What is the cost of an ISEP program?
  3. Why should I choose an ISEP program?
  4. How do I apply for an ISEP program?
  5. How do look for ISEP programs?

1. How is ISEP different than other WU Sponsored Programs?

  • It isn't! All ISEP Exchange(E) Programs are Willamette Sponsored Programs. If you are interested in a site that happens to be offered through ISEP- simply write "ISEP" on one of the preference lines of your application- just like any other program.  See How to Apply for an ISEP program below.
  • All ISEP programs are in the Direct Enroll category and are similar to other Direct Enroll programs.
  • ISEP is an exchange association that facilitates direct enrollment exchanges between universities. ISEP programs aren't different than other Direct Enroll programs at Willamette except ISEP is facilitating the exchange. From a student's point of view there is very little difference except you will see the name "ISEP" on your paperwork.

    (NOTE:  When you see the term "ISEP DIRECT" on the ISEP program sites, this means something different than how WU refers to a "direct enroll" program.
    On WU pages: This means you become an exchange student of the host university. 
    On ISEP pages: ISEP DIRECT means that it is NOT an exchange program. WU students cannot use ISEP DIRECT  (or "D") programs.) See the section below about How to Look for ISEP Programs.

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2. What is the cost of an ISEP program?

  • The cost of ISEP programs is the same as all WU Sponsored Programs. Students pay WU tuition plus a program fee equivalent to Willamette's Room and Board Plan C. The program fee includes full room and board while on the ISEP program.
  • Like many programs, ISEP requires that you purchase insurance through their particular insurance provider. The insurance is approx $58 per month - students pay for insurance when accepting placement on an ISEP program.

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3. Why should I choose an ISEP program?

  • ISEP programs gives our students the opportunity to choose from over 100 universities to find a good academic fit.
  • Rarely is there more than one Willamette student at an ISEP university each semester, however, there tend to be at least a few other students from the United States.
  • ISEP programs, like all direct enroll programs, are highly recommended for students who have spent time studying, living or traveling abroad; students with little or no international experience can still consider ISEP placements.
  • For each student Willamette sends abroad through ISEP, we receive an international student from one of the ISEP partner universities. The more students we send abroad through ISEP the more international students we have on our campus!

Quotes from former ISEP students:

"The ISEP program helped me step outside my comfort zone in a way I wouldn't have in another type of program."

"Although I was challenged everyday I grew SO much."

 "I was able to study abroad because ISEP had so many academic options I couldn't find anywhere else."

"ISEP was great! I met SO many international students from other countries; I was the only U.S. person at my host university."

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4. How do I apply for an ISEP program?

  • Students considering an ISEP program apply through Willamette first in the regular WU Sponsored Study Abroad process. On the Willamette Sponsored Programs Common Application write "ISEP" in the preferences slots wherever you want. Then, in your essay indicate which ISEP universities you would like to attend. Complete all elements of the Willamette Common Application for Sponsored Study Abroad by the deadline. THEN YOU DO NOTHING FURTHER UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO BY THE OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION.
  • On your Common Application, you can list ANY program that WU offers in your preferences.  This means you might want to be considered for ISEP and another kind of program. Or you may only be interested places where ISEP has programs.  Or you may not be interested in ISEP at all. Mix and match if you'd like!  Remember these are preferences and there is nothing wrong with wanting to be considered for different kinds of programs. This is your only chance to tell the Off-Campus Study committee what your program interests are- whether they are ISEP or not.
  • AFTER the deadline, the OIE will identify students who have "complete" WU Common Applications and who expressed interest in ISEP.  An OIE advisor will guide all students interested in ISEP through an additional ISEP application process.YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING for the ISEP application until you are asked to do so by the Office of International Education.  During this part of the ISEP process, students may request up to ten sites!  Do not be intimidated by the ISEP application process - an OIE advisor will support you. For more details, download a sample ISEP Application Timeline and contact an OIE Advisor at oieadvising@willamette.edu.

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5. How do look for ISEP programs?

  • Go to ISEP's website at www.isep.org and click on "Students"
  • Use one of the choices under "US Students" to search for a program.
  • Willamette participates in exchange programs only. On the ISEP website, these are marked as "ISEP-Exchange" or "E"or "E*". Willamette does not participate in "ISEP-Direct" or "D" programs. 
  • Some programs are more competitive than others; this information is available on the program pages. In addition to the website, an OIE advisor can give you a good idea of your chances for being accepted to each program.
  • Not all ISEP programs are open every year. Ask an OIE advisor for more details.
  • An OIE advisor can connect you with an ISEP Ambassador - a student who participated in ISEP.
  • Contact the Office of International Education (oieadvising@willamette.edu) with any questions.

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