High School Programs 

What is a 
High School Program?

ISA offers opportunities to study abroad at the high school level. Students can embark on a language immersion or service-learning program. The goal is to provide students with the opportunity to broaden their horizons, develop a global perspective, immerse themselves in a new culture, enhance their language skills, and prepare them for college.

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Program Inclusions

Comprehensive Advising and Support

Comprehensive Advising and Support

A team of helpful ISA staff members guides students through the entire study abroad process from application through reentry. The Program Advisors help 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.

Airport
Reception

Airport Reception

Ground transportation is provided from and to the airport for students who arrive during the ISA designated arrival & departure dates and times and at the appropriate airport.

Housing

Housing

Housing is guaranteed and included in the price of all ISA programs. Accommodations will be in the form of host families on all ISA-HS programs. When students are on excursions, their accommodations will be in hotels.

Tuition at the Host University

Tuition at the Host University

For academic programs, 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.

Official
Transcript

Official Transcript

Upon completion of an ISA program, the student's host university will issue an official transcript with all coursework taken abroad. ISA's Academic Records Department will process and forward the official transcript to the appropriate office at the student's home university, and a photocopy will be sent to the student's permanent home address for their records. Additionally, ISA will provide a cover letter to accompany the transcript with important academic information, including: the host university's grading system and recommended U.S. letter grade equivalencies, translated course titles, and credit conversion recommendations.

Excursions

Excursions

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.

International
Medical
Insurance

International
Medical
Insurance

A Blanket Accident and Sickness Policy is included in the price and covers the program participant while abroad for the official on-site period of program. This is not an optional benefit; every ISA participant will be covered by this policy. A full description of coverage can be found on the ISA website.

We recommend that all program participants maintain comprehensive health insurance while abroad. This is particularly important if you have any pre-existing conditions, but is also beneficial if you have an injury or illness while abroad and require further treatment upon your return home. Consult with your current insurance provider to confirm coverage policies while traveling abroad.

Meals and Laundry Services

Meals and Laundry Services

The amount of meals and frequency of laundry services vary per location. Meals and laundry services are provided with most homestays. For more details, please refer to the housing information for that particular program.

Bridging Cultures Program

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

Full-Time Resident Staff

The 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

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. 
The ISA Discovery Model

The ISA Discovery Model

A primary objective of all ISA programs is to facilitate the learning and development of program participants. We rely on host universities to provide quality instruction in the classroom, but ISA is the main facilitator of learning outside of the classroom. Efforts to promote student learning are shaped by a teaching and learning framework we call the ISA Discovery Model.

According to this model, student learning and development is organized into five areas of discovery: 1. Intercultural, 2. Historical, 3. Sociopolitical, 4. Professional and 5. Environmental

Throughout the duration of ISA programs, we provide participants the opportunity to pursue these five areas of discovery. ISA excursions and cultural activities are most important among these opportunities. Each excursion and cultural activity is designed to help participants reach a specific set of learning objectives. In addition to the ISA cultural activities and excursions, ISA will also point students towards non-ISA sponsored events and opportunities that will facilitate discovery in one or more of the five areas of discovery.

Computer and Internet Access

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. 
Cultural Activities

Cultural Activities

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 Health, Safety and Security Support

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.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities

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 offers approximately $4,500 in scholarships each year through the ISA scholarship program. To see what's available, visit the ISA-HS Scholarships page.

Visa Support

Visa Support

U.S.-based Site Specialists are trained to handle visa questions for each of our program countries and their corresponding U.S.-based consulates.
Tutoring

Tutoring

All students participating in ISA-HS programs may receive tutoring at the ISA-HS on-site oRces. This service is arranged by the on-site directors and should be scheduled in advance.

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