What is ISEP?

ISEP programs ARE Willamette Sponsored Programs. ISEP is an exchange association that enables Willamette students to enroll in universities around the world as exchange students. 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, Iceland, India, 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 I 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 choose "ISEP" as 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 work other Direct Enroll programs.
  • ISEP is the organizations that helps arrange your exchange with another university. ISEP universities aren't different than other Direct Enroll programs at Willamette. 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.


2. What is the cost of an ISEP program?

See the Willamette Sponsored Programs Cost Matrix for information about cost. Like other programs, you will pay Willamette the usual tuition fee. You will also pay Willamette for room and board based on a standard double room and meal plan C. The room and board charges you pay to Willamette cover the incoming ISEP students' living costs. Your living costs abroad will be paid by the outgoing ISEP student from your host university.


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."


4. How do I apply for an ISEP program?

  • Students considering an ISEP site apply through Willamette first in the regular WU Sponsored Study Abroad process. See the page How to Apply for more details. In your essay indicate which ISEP universities you are considering. Complete all elements of the Willamette study abroad application by the deadline. THEN YOU DO NOTHING FURTHER UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO BY THE OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION.
  • The WU study abroad application will allow you to apply for ISEP locations by country, rather than individual universities. You will have a chance later on to specific the individual universities for which you would like to be considered. This is a little different than the other WU-sponsored programs in which you would apply for a specific host university.
  • AFTER the deadline, the OIE will identify students who have "complete" WU study abroad applications. 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. Do not be intimidated by the ISEP application process - an OIE advisor will support you. For more details, contact an OIE Advisor at oieadvising@willamette.edu.


5. How do I 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.