Frequently Asked Questions


Application & Eligibility


  • Is a deposit required for the ISA application?

    Yes, and it's only $95. The deposit also counts toward your program balance.

  • Is my deposit refundable? 

    The deposit is non-refundable once submitted. However, if you withdraw before the deadline we can apply it towards another ISA program of your choosing. If your application is rejected by ISA or the host university for not meeting the requirements, you may be eligible for a refund.

  • If I want to apply to more than one ISA program do I have to send in multiple applications?

    You only need to submit one application, and you'll pay a $95 deposit for each program location.

  • When do I send in my transcript or anything else that's required?

    After you submit the online application, we'll send log in details for you to access the ISA Student Portal. This is where you'll submit the materials to complete your application.

  •  Do I have to send in an official transcript? 

    We will need official transcripts for any host institution that require them. For those host institutions that allow unofficial transcripts, we will accept them. After you've applied, your application materials in the ISA Student Portal will indicate which version we need from you, based on your specific host institution's requirements.

  • Does the Statement from University form have to be signed by my university study abroad office?

    Yes, if you are currently enrolled.

  • Do I need a passport to go on an ISA program?

    Yes, but you can still start the first part of application process without one! Some programs require a copy during the second part of the application, so if you plan to study abroad, visit the U.S. Department of State website to learn how to apply. It can take up to 8 weeks, so we recommend getting it expedited which can take as little as 2!

  • Can I participate in a program right out of high school?

    Yes, check out our Gap Year section for a list of programs for students who haven't started college yet.

  • Can I participate in a program if I have already graduated or am currently a graduate student?

    It depends on the program. Contact the ISA Program Manager of the program in which you'd like to participate.

  • My GPA does not meet the minimum requirement. Can I still apply?

    Many programs are flexible with the GPA requirement, but it depends on the host university. Reach out to the ISA Program Manager to check eligibility.

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